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Sciatica, Quad and Hamstring Pain with toe numbness

I guess I will start at the beginning. Used to be an avid hiker, worked out with HIIT training, photographer by trade. Knee pain started while hiking when my leg gave out on me. Knee pain slowly got worse until I could barely walk. THEN sciatic pain started to the point I was sobbing trying to grocery shop. Not sure if one is a result of another. The knee pain started 10 months ago, sciatica 5 months ago and I am slowly getting worse. My quadricep tendon pain is horrible and pinches when I move. My hamstring is locked. Will not relax. No stretching will help, massage does nothing, chiropractor does not help. This is a pain in the butt literally.

Been through PT for my knee which made the sciatic pain come on like a vengeance. Waiting to get back into the doc to read my MRI on my lower back. It takes weeks to get anything going. In the meantime I can't walk without my hamstring locking up and my toes on my right leg going numb. I am not overweight. I do Pilates, foam roller, sit on a freaking tennis ball to get at the nerve just to calm it down. Celebrex did nothing, advil does nothing, muscle relaxer does nothing. I can't hike any longer, I can't do my job because my back hurts too badly to bend over my tripod. It hurts to sit at my desk to edit.

I guess I need hope that this will somehow go away? I am afraid my career is over and all I really want to do it go for a hike and feel great again. I get mixed reviews on everything from stretching to surgery (if this is a bulging disc) and beyond. There is no pain like nerve pain 24/7. My doc asked which was more important to treat, my knee or my leg pain. It is all connected to me so both? SOS? This is too much for being 32 and in great shape.



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