I'm pretty new to this forum...
I'm about three weeks into a reherniation between L5/S1. Major sciatica. The pain steadily increased over the first two weeks and this last week has been hell. I wake at a 2 and progress to an 8 or 9 by the end of the day (I have to work at a desk).
I had my first PT appt. tonight with a therapist I chose b/c she's trained in the McKenzie Method... something I've read positive things about.
I should say -- on my own -- I've been finding some relief in "sphinx pose" (on my belly, propped up on elbows). But it doesn't last after I get up.
She did a lot of shifting me a bit here and there, then asking me to evaluate the location and severity of the sensations in my leg. We progressed to me on my belly and her slightly adjusting the location of my legs, my pelvis, etc. Turns out I can get more relief with my pelvis/hips shifted slightly to the right (she thinks the herniation may be a bit to the side based on the relief I get in this position). After about 20 minutes laying there, I got up and had ZERO pain. I had walked in at a 9... weeping from the pain driving there.
Who knows how long this will last, but she also took a lot of time to talk to me about how I hold my body during the day. How to get up from the floor, out of bed, in and out of the car, how to bend down, what to avoid, the minute adjustments in posture, etc.
So just thought I'd bring a spark of hope to anyone who can relate to my story. Maybe look into the McKenzie method? I know... it's early... but I have some optimism. And that's something!
I really want to avoid a third surgery. She thinks the fact that I can get to a zero in terms of pain is encouraging. The question that remains is can I get to the point where it stays there...