I've got sciatic pain in my left leg due to a disc protrusion in the L5-S1 disc and an annular tear in the L4-L5 disc.
Back in mid-December, I was bending down to pick something up and felt a tinge in my lower back, left side. The pain started after that. I've had this pain before every once in a while during the last 8 years, and usually it heals on its own within 4-5 days. Unfortunately, after nursing it for about two weeks, I went to see the ortho doctor here in Bahrain.
[I will digress a bit and let you know that we moved to Bahrain from the US two years ago, and this is the first time I've been this close to the medical system here]
Anyway, the ortho doctor ran the X-rays and MRI. Found that I have an annular tear in the L4-L5 disc and a disc protrusion in the L5-S1. Its the L5-S1 that looks bad because there is encroachment on the left nerve root pathway.
By Dec. 18th the lower back pain had become so intense I could not get out of bed without my wife supporting my head and legs and lifting me up. Could not walk because the pain was shooting down my left-side buttocks and leg. Finally, got hospitalized for two days. Got a nice cocktail of Feldene, Tramadon and Dextrose injections which really helped reduce the pain.
After the hospital discharge, I continued with Cataflam (20mg twice a day) and Lyrica (75 mg once a day). I also went through a 10-day course of physiotherapy.
By mid-January, the lower back pain had gone but I was starting to feel a little bit of discomfort in my left leg when I walked. That has now become a raging pain.
I don't feel any pain or discomfort when I'm sitting. But as soon as I stand up and start walking, the pain shoots down my left leg...I feel it behind my hamstring and entire calf muscle...it's like the calf muscle is sore after a very very very strenuous workout. And I feel the horrid pain in my foot as well. Lately, I've started to feel numbness and a tingling sensation in my smallest toe on the left foot when I walk. Standing up straight for more than 1 minute is a nightmare. Right now, the best feeling in the world for me is when I get to sit down after walking for 2 minutes.
The ortho doctor had told me earlier that I may get sciatic pain because of the disc protrusion. Based on my symptoms and what I've read on the forum here, its likely that this is sciatic pain that I'm going through.
The funny thing is that I don't have any lower back pain.
I went to see a different ortho doctor earlier this week. He has prescribed Voltaren (75 mg twice a day) and Lyrica (75 mg twice a day).
Have people gone through the same thing where they feel pain in their leg(s) while their lower back is relatively pain-free?
What course of treatments have you considered? The pain-meds I'm taking haven't shown any benefits...I'm still hobbling on one foot. Have people tried meds other than Voltaren and Lyrica?
Also, have you considered any other alternative forms of treatment? e.g. accupuncture, homeopathic medicine, etc.?
Really would be helpful to get your support and advice.