Sciatic pain

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A recent MRI scan has identified a bulge in my lower two vertebrae which my doctor has told me, over the phone, explains the pain in my buttock and leg. I'm seeing him on Wednesday to discuss in full but I'm concerned that I have no pain in my thigh and the calf pain is not at the back of my muscle but to the side--can this still be a sciatic nerve problem?

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      Thanks for your reply---that's exactly like mine. Has your Dr confirmed it is a sciatica pain?

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      Had an MRI so have a herniated disc at L4 also confuse things by having L5 pathway pain. Everyone is different they were convinced it would be L5. I even have it effecting my other hip and leg at times which is reffered to as transferred pain. Also I believe the nerve its self has many branches just where it is trapped or irritated.
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    Definitely nerves mines also goes down the from of my thigh but I was told the front is to do with l4/l5 normally the siatic nerve is l5/s1 every one is different statics and science may give u the answer but because we are all different it can effect us in different ways . Wait to see what info yr doc says
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      Thanks Jessica--as you say, we are all different. I'll learn more about my problem when I see my doctor tomorrow. Hopefully, he'll be able to understand the MRI scan, as I was given a copy when it was done and it means nothing to me!!

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    Hi don,

    because nerves which control our total body are controoled from various areas of the spine, it causes pains in different parts of the body.

    I had bulging disc in t10-11(middle back) and my pain was thighs and numb right toe- due to nerve compression caused by bulging disc controlling these nerves.

    I have since had operation and while these nerve are permenately damaged (still burning sensation in thighs and numbness in toe) my mobility is fantastic but I have forced to keep myself fit and not on any medication.

    Sounds like you have nerve compression in lower parts affecting the sensations in your lower legs.

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      Yes, my recent MRI scan shows bulging in my lower back but I thought the subsequent pain would run down the back of my thigh and calf but I only have pain in the side of my calf and buttock. Strange. Thanks for your reply.
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