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Sciatica from L3-L4 bulging disc


I've been dealing with sciatica down my right leg for almost a year now. I spent a couple months getting chiropractic adjustments, stretching, icing regularly, and resting, which helped to an extent, but it just wasn't doing the trick. I then spent a couple months (October-December 2013) with a specialist who provided all sorts of therapy, from McKenzie extensions to acupuncture to breathing exercises to chiropractic adjustments. We did very intense McKenzie extensions for a short period to "push the bulging disc" into place, which was supposed to put me through excruciating pain for a short while but would ultimately fix me very quickly. It didn't. I went through a good six weeks of intense pain which sort of subsided with a lot of rest and some anti-inflammatories (curcumin). At the end of December, I received an MRI to confirm that I did have a bulging disc (L3-L4), and I then received an epidural injection which relieved some pain.

Bitter about the treatment I'd received and the money I'd wasted, I spent the next few months resting and exercising lightly (a lot of core work). I went to another physiotherapist about a month and a half ago who determined that my body was not fixing itself because all my muscles are not working properly/are imbalanced. She loosened up my back with some massages and gave me some exercises to reactivate my glutes and hip flexors. Everything that she said seems to make sense, and I am working on the exercises and stretching, but I feel like I've come to a roadblock.

Would you have any insights as to what I could do? Currently, I hardly feel any pain in the lower back (unless perhaps I went through a long day), and I feel pain in the calf occasionally, and tingling in the toes even less occasionally. Most of the pain is in the right buttock. I feel like the disc itself may be back in place by now, but the muscle imbalances are keeping the sciatica from subsiding.



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