So after finally getting my MRI I saw a spinal physio the other day.
They explained that my disc at l4/l5 was pushing in to the part that carries my nerve. They basically explained that a 'normal' persons would be 100% whereas mine was 30%. My lower leg is still completely numb and occasionally feels like it has been set on fire. I also have pronounced weakness and can not do certain exercises.
The physio has referred me to a neurosurgeon to discuss a way forward. In the meantime I have to avoid lifting, twisting, etc. I know no one is a doctor but if anyone has been in a similar situation, and did you have to have surgery? I am absolutely terrified as I have had a few surgeries including one in 2016 which nearly killed me (I had internal bleeding and need emergency surgery and transfusions to save my life).