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Hi everyone,my name is Dave.I got my MRI back a few weeks ago and the results showed a minor disc bulge at L4 L5 and central disc protrusion at L5 S1,which has been causing sciatica symptoms down both legs on and off since the beginning of November.I re-injured my back at the end of October. I took time off work and it’s been like 3 weeks since I haven’t gone back, and afraid I won’t be able to work for awhile.Anyways I am worried this will take awhile to heal and I am in the process of sponsoring my wife who lives in another country and I need to be working to help her get to Canada.So I don’t know how much time it’s going to take to heal.I’m also worried about the nature of my injury, its a central disc protrusion and I have heard of some people getting “ cauda equina” from central disc herniations, which concerns me.From my MRI readings it seems like a small disc protrusion but its still out there and touching the nerves,hence why I feel the sciatica diwn both legs sometimes,especially the right leg and foot.Should I be concerned about this? My family doc told me just to be careful and that the MRI report said it was a central disc protrusion but that it looks “ stable”.I forgot to mention that it gets irritated when I sit too long or stand too long, and i spend most of the day lying down with legs raised and that seems to bring relief. What should I do? Should I get a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon or neuro surgeon? I am real worried and have been thinking about this every day. Please help.
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