I had a lifting injury the end of last year and felt something in my low back. It was uncomfortable but didn't think much of it. About a week later when I tried to run had pain shoot down my leg. I rested and it didn't get better. After I saw a spinal specialist got an MRI which confirmed what he called a microtear at L3 L4. When they reviewed the MRI I was told it was a central bulge with no direct nerve impingement. I asked then why am I getting symptoms in my legs?
I was wondering if it was due to the disc leaking fluid. I was told they don't leak they extrude material and it is not shown as impacting the nerves. Online and through another doctor I heard if the disc is torn it can leak fluid that irritates the nerves. Who is right? If it's leaking does occur does that mean I may have a continuously leaking disc in my back that maybe causing my sciatica?