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Looking For Advice: Sciatica in Calf Driving Me Mad

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'd like to start by pointing out that I've been reading threads for a while on here and want to share my sympathy with everyone that is suffering with sciatica problems. The vast majority of you have it far else than me and I really feel for you. Even with my mild symptoms, it has really changed my life!

So 5 weeks ago I was out running and felt a pain in my glute. It kept coming back so I eventually went to a doctor and was referred to physiotherapy. I was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain and sciatica, caused by a disc in m lower back being slightly out of place.

I have always had a stiff lower back but it's something that hasn't really bothered me a lot, I have carried on being active with a stiff lower back.

Anyway, since I got this problem, the hamstring strain went after a week or so. I was left with a calf and glute which felt like they were constantly being tensed and feeling numb. After 3 weeks of PT, the glute problem went away. But 5 weeks on my calf still has this numb, tense feeling. This is the opposite way to how I thought sciatica would heal, with the pain moving upwards.

My PT has me doing stretches, core strengthening and receiving massage. I have got a new chair at work, but I can't get away from having to sit, even with standing/walking a bit every half an hour.

I was on holiday recently, and was walking loads. My sciatica always starts off bad in the morning, but after walking all day, it feels like the calf muscle suddenly let's go, and is hardly tense at all. It feels like I'm recovering. But then the morning comes round and it starts the cycle again.

It seems to happen in an instant but is only after hours of walking. I have to so it is getting me down. I do exercises in the morning and evening, and do stretches on the hour. It seems like this just won't go away permanently. I haven't had a full day without any sciatica symptoms.

Has anyone had something similar?

I'd like to say again that I realise I have it mildly compared to most of you. It's just I used to be so active and I can't do the things I used to enjoy so much.


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