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Does anyone with L4/L5 compression have the following similar symptoms?
(My MRI is fine, except it shows an extra small disc in the lumbar area which could affect my problem). My physical therapist has been working with me for years, and she and I both notice the compression, but nothing shows up on the x-ray - they say it's all muscle spasms. Medications do not help. I also have a history of sciatica.

left leg & left foot weakness at times, awful strange cramping on side of ankle at times and also feet and legs, hamstring tightness, foot pains at times, strange feelings in feet - almost like it's asleep and bladder problems get worse from it. When it gets bad it's very hard to walk. I've had this for 20 years, and now it's a bit worse as I get older (age 57). No one knows what to do with me! One dr. suggested a "sitting MRI" which might show the compression more.

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