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Back/leg pain is on the wrong side?

AngieKAAngieK Posts: 1
Hello everyone,

I recently had pain in my back that radiated down the left side, hip and leg, to the knee. I was "stuck" in a certain position for about a week. My doc diagnosed sciatica and scheduled an MRI. The MRI shows a bulging disk on the right side but no problems on the left. My doc said that the bulging disk on the right side is not causing the pain on the left side. I took prednisone and it helped a lot but I still pain in the lower back, but my doc doesn't want to treat or send me to a specialist because there is no "known" cause of the pain on the left side. Has anyone else ever had this happen, the pain on the opposite side of a bulging disk? Thank you, any help is very much appreciated.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • Well yes it is happening in some part to me now. I have disc bulge and annular tear and it should be on my left the pain that is. It is on my left but more intense on my right of which the specialists don`t know why this is. Although some just keep putting down to my cervical issue that I have. I have had 2 cervical spine ops and suffered spinal cord damage at c5-6 level. Although I take it that it does cause me issues it def is not the root to all of my lower back problems. That is most certainly down to the two discs L4/5, L5/ S1 that is impinging my L5 nerve root.
    I cannot get any real answers or treatment plan for my situation. I have tried conservative treatment for years but I do not get that much relief from this and it is short lived.
  • I have been through a 2 levels fusion followed by a 1 level fusion a year later and I can tell you the nerves can be generating pain on either leg from my experience. I have DDD and if the disc is worn out or damaged you can have a lot of back pain on one side of your spine and have leg pain on the opposite side. I am 6 years post op and now having problems with my L2-L3 which is my next levels that's worn out. X-ray shows bone on bone on right side which hurts but I having a lot of nerve pain in my left leg from my knee to my foot. Had a injection two weeks ago and it cleared up. Now it's back. Back issues are tricky from view. Good luck!
    TLIF L4-S1 2007                                         TLIF L3-L4 2008                                          TLIF L2-L3 2016
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