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.