You've had some good comments so far.
I agree with you that a "lump" is a pretty non-technical term, and misleading, too. I'd be a little suspicious of a doctor who told me that. Doctors tend to use medical terminology that is confusing to the non-medically trained person, but that seems to be going a little too far in the non-technical direction.
"the MRI results aren't too scary, you have a lump on the lowest disk which explains the pain but not the numbness. Maybe the radiologist missed something, (meaning she's reading a Radiologist report, not reading MY MRI)results are being forwarded to a neurologist who will contact you and make an appointment to see you."
Everything I say depends on the accuracy of that statement. If you are quoting her accurately
, I would have some questions and objections. In saying that the MRI results aren't too scary, is she saying that the MRI results are a little
scary? She should explain. Here again, she's lapsing too far toward non-technical language.
And, although I'm not a doctor (and I don't play one on the Internet), it's a fact that a lump, bump, growth, or bulge on a disk can cause numbness. Nerves radiate from the spine, and when something is out of order it can put pressure on the nerves which shows up farther down the line in pain or numbness. My big toe has been numb for months, and the doctor thinks it could be caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve where it exits my spine. We haven't investigated yet, but he said the cause could be a bulging disk in my lower back, or by muscle spasms in my lower back. I've chosen not to have any further medical treatment, and instead (for now) concentrate on better posture, and on weight loss.
Also, it's unusual for a doctor to suggest some deficiency in another doctor, so suggesting that the radiologist possibly missed something is not kosher in the medical field. She should raise her question with the radiologist before causing you to doubt the radiologist's report.
You already have a second opinion coming at the appointment with the radiologist, but you should make sure the radiologist is looking at the MRI and not just his X-ray. My advice is to do some online research so that when that appointment comes you will be armed with all the questions you want and need to ask. Don't be afraid to write them down, but if he's a good radiologist he will probably answer most of your questions before you ask them. If he doesn't, seek another doctor.
I don't think your hunting season is over, but you should know what you're capable of. Maybe climbing a ladder stand won't be too strenuous for you. You can probably hunt off the ground. Avoid uneven ground.
You need good medical treatment not just to save your hunting season, but to make sure you return to health and stay that way for the coming years. And remember, you're not as young as you used to be (yeah, I'm one to talk!), so make some adjustments.
Here's an example: Last year in fall turkey season I was running through the woods to break up a flock, and I fell. I injured my knee. It is still giving me a problem, so I finally presented it to the doctor. He thinks I damaged the right inside meniscus (which was also my diagnosis based on Internet research), and I had an MRI for that yesterday. I'll see the orthopedic doctor next week to get the results. What do I do about it? I can walk OK, although it gets sore after a time. But I quit running through the woods after turkeys. No great loss -- fall turkey season comes during the whitetail rut anyway. [:D]
Take care of your health, and you'll hunt many more years. All the best to you.