Hi. Back in late May/early June I started to feel a slight strain in my left butt area while in my work vehicle. I don't know why it started, I assume because the seat was kind of uncomfortable so I usually kept my left leg up(knee higher than right) while I drove and waited between jobs. It slowly got worse then started tingling and shooting pain VERY BAD into my hamstring area! Then it made its way to my calf. Then the pain was so bad to the point I had to get out of the work vehicle and walk it off, but only after I standing a few minutes because it hurt so bad I didn't want to walk! I never really had a problem in other vechiles mine or my wife's. Until it got so bad I can't sit any where! I have never had back problems before or any problems with my leg either. My back was a lil sore before this but didn't hurt. I didn't even know what Sciatica was until I told my friend about what was going on with my leg when the tingles and shooting pain started. I continued to work for another week like this before I told my boss I was hurting(when it became painful to walk too). I figured it would go away, because some days I didn't really feel it to bad, then the next day, I would be like wow ouch pain level 7 to 9! why?!!? It got the point where I told my boss I am done. I hurt so bad I can't think straight or function limping on one leg and when I drive I didn't feel safe because I was focused on the BAD pain! It hurt when I cough(in my butt and leg), it hurt going #2 and sneeze. A friend recommended I go see a massage therapist, the guy worked on me for 2 sessions a hour each hard painful massages, he said I had it so bad it may take 4 or 6 sessions to aleeve the nerve. And said to ice it for 15mins or every hour or two, which I still do, but seems pointless. I tired Icy Hot cream once, idk if I felt a difference. I was talking ibuprofen thinking it would help too. Each time I left from the massage I felt a lil better, until I would make it 5 mins down the road, it I would begin tingling/hurting again! He suggest I go see his chiropractor(I'd never been to one before). So I did. She looked me over, and thinks I have a herniated/bulging disk and to go to my DR. and get a MRI. My mom suggest taking Aleeve instead of ibuprofen as well. I stopped working and have been laying down all day. So I made an appointment with my doctor. After I told him all this above. He told me I have Sciatica(he gets it too) and would prescribe PT with norcos for pain and sleep and steroid pills to help stop inflammation. But he suggested since this happened at work I go thru workers comp and that Dr will prescribe the same thing.
During one of the few days at work, I noticed my seat was lopsided on the left, my doctor and chiropractor and few others asked me if I drove with my wallet in my pocket. I never do.
Well I go to that Dr and he prescribes me 6 sessions of PT, norcos and naproxen which is basically Aleeve! I told him I had been taking Aleeve for 2 weeks with no results. I told him what Chiropractor said about a MRI. But said need to be approved by Works Comp company, and in the notes being sent to the company he requested the MRI. And I was to come back in in two weeks. My PT put me in traction and electrodes on my back and showed me stretches to do at home. I also got a inversion table and get on it once a day or so for a few mins. My work status is I cannot drive or lift anything over 5#s. So I cant work, so I have been laying down all day for 2 weeks! It's been a VERY LONG TWO WEEKS! Earlier this week, I decided to email my work comp doctor and tell him what my regular doctor was going to do, he had me come back in and we would try that. Then when I get there, he said wont do anything until I have an MRI and asked if I had heard from WC company about it. I said no. Anyways to shorten my long story, he didn't fill out the state law request form to get me a MRI!? But my nurse who works for the WC company pushed it thru herself, thank goodness!! So finally Monday I might finally know what is wrong! As long as I am laying around I don't have much pain, but it is a bit uncomfortable with it. My leg sometimes tingles when I get up and it hurts a lil bit when walking. When I lay back down it hurts for a lil bit and the pain eases, but never feels perfectly fine. The pain isn't so bad now if I sneeze, cough or #2. My left calf is partially numb as well is the mid section of my felt foot. My lower back is kind of feeling a lil bite of sore and sometimes pops when I move, but idk if it is because I have been laying around so much. I do feel better than when I was working but i'm not sitting or moving a lot. I hate laying around, I'm usually out and about during weekends, this has been HELL to me!!!! I'm 36 in good shape outdoorsman athletic person! I hate feeling I'm 80 and un-functional, I didn't think I could get that old so fast within a few weeks!. I want to go back to normal, work and live!
I will post again when I get my MRI results. I hope its only a muscular problem! I don't really like my WC doctor, he kind of prolonged this an extra week by not doing paper work correctly! I am going to ask if I can see a specialist for my issues.