I'm young, healthy and very active. For a year I've had pain/weakness in my right leg (sciatica), preventing me from running anymore. Finally just went to doc and they blame it on a slightly bulging disk and minor annular tear. They say the bulge is so minor that it shouldn't cause many problems, but they seemed to say it's the only abnormality they found and so it must be the cause of my sciatica. Since going to the doctor and having attention drawn to this bulging disk, I've developed pretty severe back pain originating from that location. Of course they say it's all part of having a bulging disk: sometimes it'll flare up and bother you, other times it's fine. Thoughts?? For 6 months I attributed my sciatica to TMS, and tried working through it, but since there was no relief, I decided to see a doctor to rule out medical conditions. Is it safe to say I've ruled that out now? A bulging disk shouldn't cause sciatica? Or back pain? Appreciate your time!