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Bone Spurs L3/L4 - Sciatica

dreamgoreddreamgore Posts: 1
Hi, first post for me. I have been a patient of the VA for over 10 years now for a bulged disc caused by service in Active Duty. Over the years I have had flare-ups causing anything from sharp pains in my lower back to difficulty in walking upright. I am still active in the National Guard and am currently on Active Duty Guard status, doing physical training 3-5 times a week.

For about a year now I have had a "numbness/different sensation" in my left foot 2 pinky toes. About 3 months ago, I started feeling a numbness in my left leg along with aching/throbbing pain. This comes and goes, however the toes don't change...always "different" feeling.

I just had a CT scan Aug 24th and got the results back. I was told that I do still have the bulged disc (L3/L4) but now I also have bone spurs and a narrowing of the nerve canal? The combination of the bulge and spurs is putting pressure on my nerve causing the above mentioned pain/numbness.

The VA told me that they still don't recommend surgery, but like I said...I am still active in the National Guard and must complete a Physical fitness test every 6 months. I am looking for another opinion on the subject. Should I look for a second opinion from an outside source, or should I stick with the VA.

My unit is deploying in the next year or so and I want to do everything I can to go with them.



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  • Hi Andy,

    Welcome. I do not know how the VA system works and am sorry to hear about your pain and worry. Hopefully, things will work out as hoped for.

    I would think however, that one should always be an advocate for their own health. I would try and find out the answers to your questions in whatever way is afforded you.

    Good luck!
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