A 33-year-old male asked:
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will a small disc bulge at l4/5 cause numbness, nerve pain and poor ankle reflexes?

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Dr. Manish Suthar
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Sciatica: Small disc bulges can be asymptomatic or cause some of the symptoms you have described. Typically, the ankle reflex is more reflective of the L5/S1 disc level with S1 nerve involvement. However, it is possible the disc at L4/5 can affect the S1 nerve root if the disc has migrated lower in the spinal canal. A MRI scan done in the supine position may not show problems in other positons (sitting).
Answered on Oct 31, 2016
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Maybe : This depends on the extent of the impingement, and if other areas are involved. You can discuss with your physician these issues. I'm uncertain what kind of evaluation you have had, but I would discuss these issues with your physician
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