Hi, I've had varying pain because of a diagnosed disc bulge in the lower back. Now, I realize I should probably see my doctor regarding all medical issues, but I've seen the GP several times and he's simply said (not convinced by the pain levels I'm describing to him) to keep taking basic pain killers and put up with it/work around it.
So, this is what I've been trying to do (and let me tell you its really impacted my normal lifestyle as you can imagine). My routine is basically, I get up and pop 1000mg paracetamol, and 400g ibuprofen. This doesn't keep the pain away entirely, but if I sit right and avoid all movements and positions that would irritate my lower back (and in turn my leg) the pain is manageble (it's a sitting job where I'm able to stand up when I want). Then come lunch time and the pain level has significantly increased, but not to a point where it's going to impact my work performance (don't want to become jobless because of this problem). So I eat lunch and take another 1000mg Para'm and 400 grams ibuprofen. Again, this keeps the pain manageble until the end of the day, at which point I drive home and have to lie down for 15ms minimum for the muscles to relax and the pain to mostly subside.
It was once in a more acute stage where the pain was much mroe severe and throbbed a lot, which I believe was due to high levels of inflammation. Now it appears to have become more mechanical.
My main question is, it feels like the pain is 'changing'. While the pain has in some ways gone from my foot and further back up my leg (used to hurt right down to foot), ever increasingly I've been getting a different 'sharp/shooting' pain reaching only my foot, not even in my leg!. This happens when I'm in 'bad' positions and is quickly resolved by temporarily stretching in the right way.
I know I'm not giving much details as to my problem, but has anyone experienced or heard of this symptom during their sciatica, the sharp/shooting (not even that painful, just.. different) going only to the foot and not the rest of the leg.
I'm really unsure about thsi hole process, and I've only just become reemployed so I havent been able to afford PT's or any sort of medical advice (other than my GP's, who I really don't like as he's telling me 'tough luck deal with it just take supermarket meds the rest of your life'.
At present, if I were to not take pills and sit for a couple of hours, I would be in a lot of pain. If I were to stand up after that period, for abuot 30 seconds I'd get a massive temporary throbbing pain down my leg whcih is at least a 9/10 pain level.
Also, when I get that sharp/shooting pain in my foot from being in an incorrect position, I can crack my lower back 'sideways' by standing sided to the wall, and pushing my hip in towards the wall. When that cracks, I often get a head rush, and feel whoozy for a few seconds.
Any advice/ideas? Highly Appreciated. Sorry this topic isn't well constructed.