I'm a 28 year old man with no history of back issues. Up until recently I regularly worked out and tried to keep my 6'1 205 lb frame healthy.
That all changed about six weeks ago when I was rushing to drag some heavy items out by the trash before the truck came. I set down a box and immediately felt like someone had shot me in the right buttock. It was agonizing and I could barely drag myself back inside.
The pain continued until the next day when I had my girlfriend drive me to the doctor. He said I had acute sciatica. At this point the pain was from my right buttock down to my right calf and right foot. I could also feel my right buttock spasming uncontrollably. He gave me gabapentin, baclofen, a prednisone pack, and nsaid pain relievers.
The pain didn't subside at all for nearly a week. Finally it started getting better and I was able to return to work. My foot, however, continued to have a searing burning pain on the top and was painful to walk on, especially wearing my work boots.
It has been 6 weeks now and this pain in my foot still remains. It feels like I have third degree burns all over the top of my foot. It's keeping me from exercising and sleeping through the night.
I have returned to the doctor this week and he gave me another prednisone pack and ordered an xray, which I had done. I've also continued to stretch and flex my legs and foot, though this has been extremely painful.
Has anyone else had sciatica symptoms isolated to one foot? He at first thought I had piriformis syndrome but this seems to be a bit long for an injury like that. I feel like my only other options are steroid injections, and I've heard horror stories about those.
Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated.