I am a fortnight into this so my first posts will just give a little history and a run up to "Day Zero"
Fit and healthy 52 year old male. I did have a disc herniation 5 years ago which you can read about here LINK
which I recovered from fully, and have had 3 or 4 good years before this disaster. The first herniation was L4-L5 affecting the left leg, this one is LS-L5 affecting right leg.
Since I was 35 I have had some occasional, relatively minor problems with pain in my right buttock, nothing to ever stop me doing anything, but it has been a a bit of a nuisance from time to time. When I had my other herniation 5 years ago a MRI showed that there was loss of disc height at L5-S1 with a bulging disc contacting but not compromising the right S1 nerve. Presumably this contact has been the cause of this minor irritation for many years.
I am not sure what has caused this latest herniation, however a couple of things come to mind. About 10 days before "Day Zero" I had been for a big walk in the hills, as I was walking off I was a little uncomfortable, no back pain , just felt stiff and awkward. My neck was also a little painful - the only other time in my life that I have had a painful neck was during my last herniation ordeal 5 years ago. And also, the day before this walk in the hills I had one of those silly sneezing fits, 15 minutes of none stop, completely out of control, sneezing. (it can happen to me at this time of year (grass pollen))
Now for the week leading up to Day Zero - about 4 days out, one evening I had trouble sitting down, butt pain only when sitting. The next day I had problems sitting down at work. In the evening I done about 30 miles on the bike (cycling), no pain and felt good. Got home and had to eat my dinner on the floor like a dog - too much butt pain when sitting. The next day was the same, could not drive the car for buttock pain, although I was able to be pain free on a five mile walk with the dog.
Tune in tomorrow for "Day Zero" :-)