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Low back pain

I have a bulging disc. Is it better to have pain in the lower back or the legs. It was going down the legs then everything got better now its in my lower back. 

Im going to see my doctor but just curious if it goes from your legs to back is that improvement?



  • it is good that you are going back to your doctor for confirmation. What i can tell you from long term experience is there are 4 different types of disc pain which you should ask your doctor yo describe.

    good luck

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562

    Generally, when you have pain down one of your legs, that is an indication of sciatica, which one major cause is from a disc pinching a nerve root.  When you do not have any pain down your leg, it would seem that no nerve is being compromised.

    Most of the time, when there is no nerve impingement, doctors will try a series of conservative treatments to see how successful they may be in treating the disc problem.  When a nerve is compromised, many doctors will suggest surgery sooner vs later.

    The longer a nerve is being damaged, the bigger the chances for longer recovery and potential permanent nerve damage.

    But this is something that only your doctor along with diagnostic tests (ie MRI)will be able to tell for sure

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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