Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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A recurrent disc herniation probably is still present but not compressing the nerve root as significantly as the initial herniation was. Flexion (bending forward) will tension the nerve root over the herniation. This is most likely why cycling aggravates the nerve but weight lifting (where you keep your body line straight) does not cause as much aggregation.

If this is the case, an epidural steroid injection might be helpful.

Dr. Corenman