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New 37 yo with lower back pain and sciatica

new2sciaticpainnnew2sciaticpain Posts: 28
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in New Member Introductions

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.


  • In my opinion you should have the MRI to find out what the problem is and go from there. I have found that inflamation for a strain or even pulled muscles can cause the pain you are having. I experienced the same thing when I first started having back pain. In the beginning the pain would come and go. When it was gone I would think it was healed only to reinjure it again. Had I gotten the MRI early I would have learned what the problem was and treated it before I really messed my back up. The 2400 is a very small price to pay. Welcome to SH, good luck and keep us posted. Chad
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can! if the sciatica persists, chances are you need an MRI..please take some time and check out the "Sciatica forum" for some more input! there is lots to read and learn about it! good luck to you! i hope you are feeling better soon! please keep us informed! Jenny :)
  • Thank you for your responses. I did go for an MRI after relapsing a week ago. The results weren't surprising. Mild to moderate degenerative disc disease and large extrusion impinging on the nerve root. Referred to a specialist. I will cruise the other forums and maybe post. Would lobe some input. I would like to avoid surgery but also would love to be pain free and live.

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