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Is sciatica in the right leg that is caused by a herniation ALWAYS consistent with a herniation on t

My doctors are having trouble diagnosing the cause of the sciatic pain. I have two herniated (bulging) discs, l4-5 which is mostly on the right, and the l5-s1 which is herniated in the center. I had surgery on the l4-l5 in november with 0 (possibly negative) improvement. Upon a post surgical mri it shows the disc had reherniation.

Heres the disagreement:

My surgeon, things the pain is still coming from the l4-l5 because of the herniation, despite having 0 relief. And that the l5-s1 cannot cause the pain because it is a central herniation.

My phisiotrist is not confident that the l4-l5 causes the pain due to the fact i had no lapse in pain, and that the l5-s1 could still cause it despite being central.

Your thoughts? help=/


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...there is no always or never...
    I do not know the answer to your question and to hear the doctors disagree must be frustrating to you.

    But at least they are talking to each other and working to do what is best for you. That's huge!

    I would be very interested in reading if others relate to your situation .....and also, interested in how things work out for you.
    Keep us posted.......and hoping docs come to agreeing with course of treatment soon!
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