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Thousand Oaks, CA
A 49-year-old male asked:

I have a 2mm central disc protrusion at l5-s1. my pcp says this is too small to be causing my bilateral foot pain. what do you think? worth a 2nd op?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Shouldn't cause: Bilateral foot pain, especially at that level. While it is always safe to get a second opinion, and i cannot be sure without seeing the mri, a small protrusion would most likely not cause bilateral foot pain. Have you checked your a1c to make sure you are not looking at diabetic neuropathy? Would need to see the mri, but it doesn't sound like that's the cause.
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Thousand Oaks, CA
A 49-year-old male asked:

I have a 2mm central disc protrusion at l5-s1. My pcp says this is too small to be causing my bilateral foot pain. What do you think? Worth 2nd opin?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Nahm
Neurology 28 years experience
Disc protrusions: Foot pain can have many causes. Localizing the source of the pain is important to determine best treatment options. Disc and bone issues in the lumbar spine can cause pain and numbness and weakness in the feet. Disc protrusion can cause a mechanical problem as well as produce inflammation. Need to evaluate for other causes before you can attribute the foot pain to the back.
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