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With the symptoms that you are having you are most likely having a herniated disc or a bulging disc in the spine.
X-ray are frequently normal and you would require a MRI for the diagnosis of this condition and then decide on the treatment options thereafter.
If the disc bulge is severe then the most likely treatment would be surgery.
Would this explain sore tender joints in the thigh and hip area?
It would explain " pain from my hip travelling down the leg sometimes to the foot"
Tender joints will not be explained by this
There may be associated arthritis.
All this is confirmed if a MRI is done.
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