I have been diagnosed with an med to large L4/L5 herniation. I had a microD at this level in 2002 and had zero problems with it since. I have had this most recent injury for 2 or 3 months now. I have had sciatica and have tried an epidural and a nerve block with less than stellar results.
I have been doing spinal decompression and Physio for this. I have gotten somewhat better and only feel pain in the butt and groin. However, the biggest problem is walking. I cannot walk for over 100 yards without my shin just killing me.
The chiro is saying that part of the problem is that the shin / calf muscles have locked up due to the 3 months of compensating for the herniation (antalgic to the left). Ic an walk around the house with no problems, but continual walking leaves me a wreck.
I am trying to figure out if my problem is nervous or muscular. I would hate to have a second microD if the problem turned out to be a shin muscle problem instead of being caused by the pinched nerve.
I do not have sciatica in my hamstring, just the shin.
1. Has anyone else had shin problems associated with a L5 herniation?
2. Should I expect that the pain should be continuous from the butt to the shin or can the pain be isolated to non-contiguous points of the nerve.
Thanks. Any responses will help me as I really dont want to have the second microD but also need to be able to walk around the block without getting levelled by shin pain.