I'm a healthy 35 year old fit male that had a microdiscectomy May 29, 2012. Every thing seemed to go as planned with the initial recovery.
Over the past three months I've had 3 occurences of sever sciatic pain that sets in and will last up to 2 or 3 weeks. This pain has been more sever than it was prior to my surgery. I am waiting on results from an MRI done this past week to find out if the cause is scar tissue or another herniated disc. My physio therapist does not see this as a possiblity due to the fact that my pain seems to subside over time. My most recent (one week ago) "relapse" of pain was the result of some pretty sever back spasms that occurred as I was removing a lasagna from the oven. Up until that moment I had finally had an entire week completely pain free. It had been so long (at least 2 years) since I had been comletely without sciatic pain, I thought I was finally going to get past this problem.
I'm curious to know, if anyone else has experienced sciatic pain that comes goes as mine does? Could it be due to a herniated disc? scar tissue? or am I now dealing with piriformis syndrome? bone spur? degenerative disc? I understand I cannot be diagnosed online but am curious to hear from anyone that has experienced the same or similar issues I am encountering and what their diagnosis turned out to be.
My sciatic pain stretches from my lower back all the way down to my ankle on my left leg. I would say it hurts most in the hip and calf. I would describe the pain as a pulled muscle and sometimes even a throbbing pain. laying on my stomach for short periods of time seems to give me the most comfort.
I see my physio therapist tomorrow and my surgeon in a week and will post updates.
Once again if anyone out there is in or has experienced a similar scenario, I would love to hear from you.