I had a back injury in November. An MRI shows some disc degeneration and disc herniation at L5- S1 pressing on the S1 nerve root. I have pain in my left back and leg radiating down my leg consistent with herniation and nerve root compression. The orthopedist says now that he feels this is not "really" a disc herniation but rather a "bulge." He does not feel it will need any aggressive treatment. This injury occurred while I was at work and I feel this may indicative of worker's comp games. Does anyone have any experience with contradictory diagnoses such as this one?
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