I have a pinched sciatic nerve, at the L5/S1 I believe, it began about 9 weeks ago. Initially I had significant pain, limped, couldn't sit or stand very long, and had leg weakness in the hamstring and calf. The past couple of weeks I have had very little pain, right now it's really nothing unless I sit for very long time or bending over and lifting something heavy, other than that I can go about my day pain free.
However I still have leg weakness and some numbness in the outter edge of my foot and small toe. The weakness is about a 10% difference in the hamstring, and about a 50% difference in the calf. (Originally it was so bad in the calf that I could not do a calf raise at all). The strength differences right now don't impair my ability to walk around or use a stationary bike, however I really notice it lifting weights (leg curl, calf raises) and yy calf has shrunk some as well.
Has anyone had similar symptoms and can provide their recovery time line? Or can provide a time line or probability of regaining full strength? I have only been to an ER doctor (no family doctor) and was told not to come back unless I became incontinent.