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Siatica or different

ACeadAACead Posts: 2
I got stiffness in my butt area last year around May and eventually it turned into shooting pain down my leg (from upper calf to lower calf, the pain was about a 5 out of 10), I got acupuncture and the shooting pain is gone. I went to the doctors and got a MRI and it said I have herniated disc in my lumbar region, my doctor also said I should get a full recovery with time.

It has been about a month since I seen my doctor and still have no back pain, however I can't seem too get mobility in my butt area back. I can't touch my toes and its worse when I sit on the floor with my legs straight out ( I can barley do it). The tightness in my butt/hip area is making me extermaly frustrated since I have been a athlete all my life and sitting around doing nothing because of this stiffness is driving me crazy. I also haven't been to physiotherapy or the chiropractor for about 3 months, because school has been pretty busy.

My questions
- how to get rid of the stiffness, should I go to the chiro or physiotherapist, effective stretches?
- Do i need surgery.

Additional information
-20 y/o, 6 foot, 175lb
-stiffness in butt/hip ( 5 months)
-pain shooting down leg ( 1 month duration after 3rd week of butt/hip stiffness, gone now for about 3.5 months)


  • You need check this with a PT, Ortho, Neuro, to check if there is anything wrong with your hips or spine, problably they will check with a MRI exam.

    I had the same symptons, 4 months of weird pain in my left legs and some movements that I cound't do properly, now I know that it was two bulging discs (L4-L5 and L5-S1).
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    To start with, as long as you have confidence in your doctor than believe what he/she is saying at the moment. Doesnt seem like any immediate need for surgery. Though, anytime I read about pain starting in the butt area and traveling down the leg, I think sciatica, which in turn makes me think about a disc impinging a nerve root.

    But it appears your MRI didnt show this. Most of the time when you have a lumbar disc problem, you are not getting the pain in the back. All so often it is in the butt, especially with the L4/L5/S1 disc levels Then its the numb stabbing pain down the leg. Back in 1977, I started with that, everyone thinking it was a hip problem. But one semi-radical doctor (especially in that time frame) suggested a myleogram. That showed the herniated L4/L5 disc, which did require surgery.

    Right now if you ARE NOT SURE what the problem is, I would try a second opinion, getting a second pair of eyes to look at your MRI and report.

    But I would NOT see a Chiropractor. If in fact your problems is more disc related and spinal cord, chiropractors can do more harm than good.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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