First off I'm so glad I found this site. I have been suffering from sciatic pain going on week 5 now. The first few weeks it started in my right buttock which led me to believe I aggravated my piriformis muscle at the time I was getting into running and had a crappy pair of shoes I was using. Well about 2 weeks ago the pain started shooting down my right thigh into my foot that's when I knew it was something being pinched in my back. Since then I have been researching the hell out of it so I can reverse this some how.
So I'm 36 years old and I have been active my entire life I also work in the construction industry as a commercial electrician it's not back breaking work but it's physical labor on my feet all day up and down ladders twisting my body in positions to complete my projects. I have been bodybuilding going on about 15 years and have suffered threw all those nagging injuries sore shoulders, elbows,wrist ect but this sciatic nerve has me on the side lines that's for sure.
Back in 2008 I started going threw what I guess you would call throwing out your back after that happened a few times in a short period of time I requested a MRI here's is what they found.
At the L5-S1 level, there is a broad base left paracentral/foraminal disk protrusion which extends into the inferior aspect of the left neural foramen. Accelerated degenerative disk disease is seen within the lower lumbar spine primarily affecting the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels. There is a moderate diffuse disk bulge at the L5-S1 level which has resulted in mild subarticular recess stenosis. At the L3-L4 level there is minimal diffuse disk bulge which partially abuts the ventral CSF space. I have more MRI's set up to get next week . With all they found I would have good days and bad days with just back pain from 2008 till about 5 weeks ago I never suffered this dreaded sciatic pain.
Once I got these results and talked to my doctor I took off some time from work and stopped going to the gym for a year . I got involved with a very aggressive PT regimen and did chiropractic and massage therapy three times a week for 6 weeks. When it was ready to start working out again I totally redesigned my workout program I actually lost 25 pounds and made a total transformation and I was doing great up to 5 weeks ago.
So 2 weeks ago when I started to feel the pain shoot down my leg I started researching different stretches to help this out and every night I stretch for 45-60 min then I hang on my inversion table for 15 min then end that with 20min of heat. Since I'm a foremen at work I can take a easy so I'm not really doing anything crazy at work and when I get off I will do 45 minutes on my elliptical machine. I heard the worse you can do is lay in bed for days on end so I'm trying to be proactive to get this under control. What's concerning me is things arnt getting better it's not getting worse but I'm getting more little symptoms. Like today sat the bottom of my right foot is really tender and my right buttock is really sore when I move around my right foot has the pins and needles.
My question is to all of you that have been threw this will this work itself out I'm way to young and active to get dealt this card right now in life. I'm trying to get hold of a friend that just suffered threw this a year ago I remember he thought his life was over and I believe he got those shots and from what I have heard he is living his life like he was before the injury he is also a construction worker and works out.