When I was first injured my sciatic pain was just unreal. I would have cut my own leg off if I could have. Seriously! I said many many times "I will sit in a wheel chair the rest of my life if it would take away the sciatic pain"! No meds helped.
About 4 yrs into my injury the pain went away. AMEN!!!!! All my Drs did NOT rejoice with me though. They said ( from my new MRI ) that they thought it was from that nerve basically dieing ( my words not theirs ), as a disk had sat on it for so long.
I did not go to PT until about 5 yrs after injury as of insurance issues.
When I finally was able to go they did pressure point therapy. You know where they push a finger, elbow, fist etc. in at specific points.
Within about 2 weeks of PT the sciatic pain was back !!!! Just as bad as before.
I stopped PT and within a few weeks the pain was gone again.
SO here is my questions - what would you do
A. do the happy ( gimpy style lol ) dance and forget PT.
B. go back to PT and "suck it up" knowing the the price I pay for that pain I am being helped in other ways from the PT.
C. go back to PT and MAKE them leave that leg/area alone ?
* I say MAKE them leave it alone, as I had requested it before and they said "no" it was a part of my therapy. My Dr would give me a note if needed for this to be left alone.
The PT people also said by not working on that leg/area as well I compromise the other leg/area hence my dilemma :W
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.