Hi Alan, having experienced 2 laminectomies, and a triple L4 L5 S1 fusion of the spine, and can say that if you have bulging discs they are most certainly impinging on the nerves including sciatic, this pain is terrible, probably the worst around, the pain sometimes refers to the pelvic area too.
If you have any doubts, by all means have both the bone scan, PSA, and DRE, but I feel you are heading for a bit of work on your back also, if you have the tests, at least you can eliminate the fears of other things affecting you.
If you need any help re back problems, please feel free to contact me. I wish you well.
age 66 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,
Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck, free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.