Hi all, I'm new to the forum and also fairly new to the recent problems I've been having with what I believe is my L5-S1 (according to my chiropractor). I've been reading through several posts made on the forum of which some have been helpful.
I have played tennis from the age of 5years old until 13, then took up Basketball from 13-28 (due to moving to the UK, bad weather) and then back to Tennis when I moved back to the middle east 3 years ago.
Long story short, I went in to over drive playing tennis January of this year, minimum 5 times a week, 2 hours every night even through the crazy humid nights here in Dubai.
Approx 4 months ago, I started to slowly feel a slight pain in my calf muscle in which I didn't think anything of it. Once I slept and woke up the following day it had gone. As the day progressed it got slightly worse but then once I'd start to play tennis in the evening it would wear off (I'm assuming due to my muscles being warmed up).
I used to go to the gym regularly and worked on my back a fair bit (core muscle strengthening) although I have neglected going to the gym for at least a year to 18 months now.
To carry on, the pain got much worse to the point where it was there permenantly, in my calf area espcially. I gave tennis a rest for 2 weeks when I went to the US for vacation in which the pain had completely disappeared. I came back to Dubai and unfortunately got straight back in to tennis....and really pushed myself. I feel perhaps my service especially was my poison.
I stopped playing approx 3 months ago (Mid Sept) and seeked chiro sessions (had approx 5-6) and even looked at acupuncture which didn't really do anything.
I forgot to mention that I had one chiro session before I went to the US which seemed to have helped, by the time I returned to Dubai and continued to play I feel perhaps I completely ruptured the disc as opposed to what may have only have been a buldging disc?!
Either way, I'm now on Voltaren SR 75mg tablets (approx 3 a day) to keep the pain at bay but it's the mornings I can handle and only recently (last week it has gotten worse). There are days where I feel I'm improving and then some where I feel like I've taken 3 steps back!
It's incredibly frustrating but I am being patient as I know that trying to get back on to the court is only going to cause more damage and perhaps permenant damage!
I am starting PT next week in which I hope will resolve my issue and at least put me in what I hope will be the road to recovery.
Currently I have pain shooting down my left leg from the bum cheek to the base of my foot and in some cases the upper heel section?! I also get pain at the back of my knee but not so much the calf area anymore.
I too, which I'm sure some of you may have thought like me, felt like super man at times, will heal within a week and this will fade but I'm starting to lose hope. I really don't want surgery and at 31years old, always been physically fit, never smoked, nor have I done any drugs with the occasional weekend drink I occasionally fear the worst at a fairly young age.....surgery.
I noticed that 6months seems to be the period for a healing disc, I would like to know however, can I go to the gym and perhaps try to strengthen my core muscles or is this a NO NO whilst I'm recovering?
My apologies for going on, just wanted to give you all an in depth look in to my situation as before now, I never even know about sciatica and am not a keen fan one bit. Thanks again in advance for any feedback.