Hi, I am new here and have some questions.
Almost 4 weeks ago, I experienced some soreness after working out at the gym in the lower back/buttocks region. I did some stretches given to me by a PT, and took the next day off from working out. The following day, I ran a 10k race. Back up, a little history, I was/am training for a half marathon and have been since the first of the year. At the point of injury I was running about 20 miles a week, with a day or two of cross training and was just adding in the second day of strength training. Anway, ran a 10k and felt a little soreness in the buttock but not enough to stop. I had a great run. Immediately after I started getting more and more sore. I contemplated working out the next day and opted not to. Still was getting worse. The third day was worse yet and the 4th was dibilitating sciatic pain. The pain was/is on the left side all the way down to my toes. The 5th day, I went to my general dr who diagnosed me with sciatica and gave me PT and flexeril. Two days later, I had to ask her for vicodin for pain. I would rate it right up there with child birth! I, obviously, laid off of the working out since I couldn't even function without pain. Over time, it improved some to managable. I've also started seeing a chiropractor and that doesn't seem to help much. PT referred me back to my general doctor suggesting doing an MRI. He and my primary care dr both think that it is a bulging disk. I wonder if it is that or piriformis syndrome.
So this is where I am at and hoping someone can help guide me. I am stuck at whether I should go for the MRI. I have high deductible insurance and this has been quoted to me to cost $2300. I guess my question is what options are there at this point? Is there the chance this would heal itself? As of today, I would rate my pain in the morning when I first wake up about a 6. I've been getting shooting pains in my calfs that I would rate an 8. Otherwise, I get pain about a 4 when I sit (I have a desk job) or drive. Walking doesn't bother me. Laying down does, I have to sleep on my stomach (which is undesirable to my chiro). Working out doesn't change how I feel one way or the other. I have been cautiously doing some exercise (no where near where I was). So I go for the MRI, does that put anything more than a cause to the sciatica?
Thanks in advance for your ideas.