Re: Multiple herniated discs
Probably not. It is common to have some degenerative changes in both areas of the spine. Almost everyone has some bulging discs by the time they reach a certain age. The aging process for the spine begins in our twenties. The discs, which are mostly comprised of "water," gradually begin to lose moisture and to dry out. With every day living, the wear and tear on the discs begins to take a toll. Many people have bulging discs for years and never have a symptom, so are unaware of the problem.
Sometimes bulging discs are discovered when a MRI is done for another purpose. This is how I discovered I have two cervical segments that fused together naturally without causing a single moment of neck pain. I was completely unaware of this.
[B]These are impinging on the L4 nerve root causing considerable pain and mobility issues.[/B]
Almost always when we have a painful disc problem, it affects the way we walk, sit, hold our body, etc. This has a direct impact on structural alignment of the spine. It may be that your gait has changed due to compensating for the painful disc. This has probably thrown off your posture, leading to you carrying your head farther forward. This would have an effect on all the ligaments, etc. Even a subtle shift in position can cause some nerve pain....I'm thinking you have had the disc bulges for awhile but they are just now becoming symptomatic.
Unless you have some underlying auto-immune issue that is causing the discs to deteriorate, etc. I think it likely that this is not caused by your other issues. That would be my guess. Hopefully your doctor can figure it all out for you!