Actually, I have two questions.
The one in the title regarding being able to feel a bulging disc. What I mean is that, can I feel something like this with my hand? The reason I'm asking is because I have a knot/bulge right at my L-4/L-5 which is where my recent back pain/injury arises.
The second question revolves around my doctor. I'm not so sure he knows what he's doing. For one thing, he didn't even look at my back. Secondly, when he did the reflex test on my patellar tendon, neither leg moved. He used the "gavel" at least 10 times on both knees and absolutely nothing happened. It just seems as if performing this test unsuccessfully might be a sign that something is definitely wrong. He asked the nurse to set me up with an MRI and sent me on my way. I've yet to hear back about the MRI.
I'm an extremely athletic and fit individual that is now dealing with an intense amount of pain AND dealing with being unable to road bike/play sports.