Hi I am a new memeber. I have had sciatica for about 10 months now. It started when I was twisting and lifting at the same time. Initially it started as excruciating pain for about two weeks and with medication it has become somewhat managable. Over this time I have had many flair-ups and alot of muscle atropy in my left leg.
My MRI shows that I have a bulge in my disc btween L3 and L4.
I have tried pain mediacations, physcial therapy, physical rehab exercises, spinal injections, spinal decompression and still ten months later I have pain burning down my leg and at the bottom of my foot. I can not even walk free of pain.
I have seen two different doctors one who says that I simply have to tough it out and eventually it will go away, and the second who says that the only way I am going to heal is by surgery.
My question is, has anyone been in this situation? I mean, how long does one have to wait to see if your body can heal itself? Can I have hope that I will heal on my own?