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Several bulged lumbar discs post fall, sciatic nerve pain, leg numbness. Disc problem?

Good evening. I have several bulged lumbar discs post fall. This injury happened 6 months ago. I have sciatic nerve pain on both sides of the buttocks . My lower legs will become numb even if I am walking. I do have pain in the right groin that is most noticeable when I am sitting. I am scheduled for a hip injection next week. Could this still be a disc problem ?
Asked On : Fri, 30 Nov 2012
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Thank you for your question.

'Disc bulges' described on the MRI are very common in middle aged and elderly individuals and are even seen in healthy people. This means that not all disc bulges are symptomatic. A diagnosis of spinal stenosis is made when your symptoms, clinical examination and MRI picture are matching. Just the disc bulges with no nerve compression won't give you leg pain though degeneration can cause back pain. You need to consult a neurologist or spine surgeon to have your symptoms evaluated in light of the MRI picture.

Please let me know if I can be of further help.
Answered: Thu, 5 Sep 2013
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