I'm happy to have found such a great forum with great members offering meaningful insights. I've done a fair bit of reading on this forum and other websites on the subject of Sciatica. Here is my situation. I am male, 35 years. I'm thin and relatively athletic (walking/ jogging/ light weight lifting semi-regularly). I'm 5'8'' and I weigh around 145lbs.
I was diagnosed two months ago with a slip disk in the lower back even though I don't have too many of the factors that lead to it (not over weight, don't smoke, don't lead an inactive lifestyle). It was basically an unfortunate succession of events that put my back through unusual strain.
Symptoms were lower back pain progressing to pain going down my right hip all the way to the outer side of my right foot. I rested and took painkillers and anti-inflamatories for a week during the initial intense episode of pain. I read online that once the pain and inflammation are gone one should try to become active once more. So about two weeks after the diagnoses, I returned to my relatively active lifestyle. Initially jogging was a bit difficult (controlling my right leg was more deliberate and no longer fully automatic; it was a bit challenging). This has gotten better over the course of the past two months. I also have a good running gait, landing on mid or forefoot, not the heal, so I don't think I'm putting any undue stress on the spine.
Now, two months since diagnosis, there is basically no pain in my back or leg (yay!), but I still have a slight numbness/and tingling that goes down my leg to my outer foot. This feeling never goes away. I can ignore it and forget about it but it's always there. Also, after jogging or working out, I feel the sensation of substantial muscle soreness in my right leg only, as if I had worked it out very intensely. I realize of course that the muscle is not actually strained or over worked but it only feels that way because the sciatic nerve is affected.
I've been stretching my legs, trying to keep a good posture, and jogging/working out lightly. I realize I'm fortunate compared to many of the other members here whose descriptions of their symptoms and injuries are much worse. But I'd still like to know whether I can expect the strange sensations in my leg to ever go away, and if so in what type of timeframe, and whether I need to do specific exercises to help hasten the recovery.
Thanks a lot in advance. Sorry for the longish post but I wanted to be sure to put in all the details that might be relevant.