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still not able to sit. Is something being missed?

Hello all. All the doctors and clinicians that I've seen have been quick to look at my MRI pic and tell me that I have two bulging discs.

What no one has been able to specifically tell me or provide guidance/insight, is to why when I sit the pain will travel down to the end of my tailbone and is on the left side. It feels as if when I sit, that left side (right above the buttocks where it meets the lower back) is being pushed up (like a roll up door). The longer I sit the greater the pain becomes and if I sit for a significant time the horrible pain will linger with me even after I get up. When I get up from sitting there is a jolt like sensation as if something is pushing back once I rise from sitting.

I feel as if something is being "missed". Doctors/clinicians are quick to simply look at my MRI pic and all they say is that I have two bulging discs without doing any further comprehensive evaluation/investigation.

Does anybody have any guidance or insights that can help me? Thank you for your time.



  • Hi Looking......., could be that the bulging discs are impinging on nerves and doing that more so when you sit. If the discs are "bulging" they are not in their natural position. What do the Drs recommend? Did you ask them if the bulging discs are causing this pain? Sorry you are going thru this, its never easy. Others here may be able to provide more insight. Take care, cheers!

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  • Hi lookforaway

    Welcome to Spine-health

    You are asking about sitting and if something has been missed. You mentioned in your previous post that your doctor has talked about fusion. This is not something offered lightly and normally after other therapies have been tried and not helped. Maybe you need to ask further advice about why this was offered and what is happening during sitting, without this procedure to give stability.

    I know from years of experience of pain that sitting can be a huge challenge and I sympathise with you for your pain.

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  • I empathize with you. Sitting can be one of the most painful things for me with my back problems. I had a ruptured disc and a herniated disc and sitting increased the pain tenfold, especially down my legs. I currently have one bulging disc in my lumbar area and three bulging discs in my neck and they definitely cause pain and discomfort thought doctors tell me it’s not bad enough to operate on. If your doctors have suggested a fusion in a previous post as mention by @AJGormit, he’s right in that doctors don’t discuss fusions lightly. If it’s causing that much pain and other more conservative treatments didn’t help, it may be that you need a discectomy or a fusion (I have had both). Of course that’s the last option, perhaps you’d be helped by some steroid injections (I know many people who have been helped immensely by them). I’m not sure if your doctor has discussed that with you but it’s worth talking about.

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