I was diagnosed with a herniated disc L5-S1.
I started getting pain in my left buttock.. kind of like a charlie horse. Was having lots of pain in my lower back when walking or standing for a short period of time.
The pain spread to the back of my thigh and outer thigh.. back of my knee.. back of and side calf, ankle and foot. I get lots of twitches and muscle spasms in my leg. When I walk.. my foot feels crampy. I have a very hard time describing this.. all I know is it feels like someone kicked me in the butt and back of my knee really hard.
So the EMG says nerve damage and now I have to see a neurosurgeon. Is this because I have sciatica? I don't have severe symptoms all the time.. and I don't have all the symptoms. Starting to get stabbing, shooting pains.. but constant deep throbbing ache from my butt to my foot is my biggest complaint along with stabbing pain in my left lower back.
I can't walk or stand to do simple things... I find myself rushing just to get through my dishes so I can sit back down. Even when I do nothing.. the pain can get so intense all I can do is cry and I can't sleep.
I don't know what to expect, all I know is it's getting worse and I'm scared.
Any advice? Can anyone help me make sense of all of this?