I am a 37 yo female who has never had back issues in the past.
Since the first of the year I've been training for a half marathon, which included running, strength and cross training 5 - 6 days a week.
4 weeks ago after a 10k, I experienced lower back pain which over the course of 3-4 days turned into sciatica pain all the way to my toes. My foot and calf were and still are numb.
I went and saw my GP who sent me to PT and gave me prednisone, flexerill, and pain killers. PT didn't help. I saw a chiro, not sure how much that helped. Over time, it seemed to improve (slower than I hoped).
I opted to not do an MRI at this point. I have high deductible insurance and I got a quote, it would cost around $2400. I feel like waiting 4 weeks hasn't been long enough and it has been improving.
However, overnight I've taken a step backwards. I don't even know what changed at all........
My questions are, how long do you wait for it to go away if it is just an acute issue? Has anyone had symptoms like this that go away? Or symptoms like this at all?
My half is at the end of May. Pretty sure it's not going to happen.
Thanks in advance.