Short history - In 2008 I had a herniated disc at L4/L5 and bulging disc at L3/L4. I had severe sciatic pain on my left side. After trying chiro, therapy, and injections, I finally had a microdiscectomy. I felt great after that until I got pregnant with twins in 2014. After the twin pregnancy, I started having "episodes" of lower left back pain (but no sciatic). They usually only lasted for a week or so, and then resolved themselves.
In May of this year, I had another episode, but it didn't resolve itself. After a couple of weeks in pain, I went to a chiro. We did a 6 week treatment plan, but halfway through I started having sciatic pain. We finished the treatment series, but I was worse off at the end of it. At that point, I decided it was time to see my PCP and get an MRI.
I got my MRI results yesterday, and I'm really confused now. The MRI shows a small herniation on my right side at L2/L3. But I don't have any pain on my right. All of my pain is in my lower left back (more at the top of my buttocks) and down my left leg. I also have weakness in the left leg. Right side is perfectly fine. My PCP is referring me to the pain management clinic, but I'm wondering if I should actually go back to the orthopedic surgeon that did my first surgery. He's also the one that prescribed the physical therapy and injections before I did surgery.
Any idea why I'm having this pain on my left side if the discs are fine there? The sciatic pain I'm having now is identical to what I had in 2008. I really thought the MRI was going to show that disc was herniated again.