I am a 31 years old female and is suffering from a low back pain since 3 1/2 years. My MRI initially shown a L5 disc bulge when the problem started and I had undergone physiotherapy for almost 6 months. My pain subsided a little but it started again. I had undergone MRI, bone scan after that several times but all the times the scans came negative. My blood tests came normal. My GP referred me to a Rheumatologist and he treated me with NAprosyn for almost 6 months with no use. After that I had a SI joint injection which gave me a very short term relief for 2 days. I am now consulting a Sports physio who reckons my problem is with SI join due to poor core stability for almost 6 months now.
Even after I am doing my physio and home exercises, my pain is worsening instead of improving. I am unable to do even house hold chores like cutting vegetables etc. I get a severe pain in my left buttock with pain radiating from the side of my leg till my feet. I feel as if my leg is very heavy and feel like not able to lift. Every morning I wake up with the feeling that the leg is very heavy. These days some time if I continue doing my house hold chores with pain then I am losing sensation in my leg. I could used to walk for more than 30 minutes or sit for 1 hour etc last year but now a days I could not even walk for 10 minutes despite doing my exercises regularly.
However every day when I do my stretch exercises I get a temporary relief from my pain but the pain gets back.
I am not sure if my diagnosis is correct. I am wondering if the diagnosis is incorrect, why would I be getting the temporary relief from my pain after doing the stretch exercises? When I ask this question to my sports physio, he is not taking that seriously and insist that my problem is due to SI joint and over the time I will see improvement. But I reckon if the problem is correctly diagnosed properly then I should be able to see a little improvement if not complete.
Can anybody advise if they have similar problem where they get sciatica like symptoms and the stretches only give temporary relief but not complete relief.
Or could it be that the diagnosis is correct but I need a different treatment instead of the physio?