I am new to the forum, so let me introduce myself. My name is Scott and I am a 23-year-old male.
I have suffered from sciatic pain for the last 2 years and it is now at a stage where I have to do something about it. I am a Physical Education teacher and it is effecting my career that I am hobbling around all the time and unable to demonstrate any of the skills that I am trying to teach. It is also effecting my social life, as all I did previously was play soccer and would give me soul to get back to 100% fitness and playing again.
I believe the sciatica pain started when I was rammed from behind while go-karting and felt as if my back had broke. At that time I was sleeping on a very cheap memory foam mattress, so I am unsure which one of these factors to blame it on.
About my pain. Sometimes it is ridiculously bad where I can't even walk, others it is unnoticeable in my day-to-day life. However, I feel that I will never get back to playing soccer as I know that it is always there and prevents me from playing/enjoying it. I believe that when it is ridiculously bad, it is my fault due to bad posture (when I'm on my bed, in between sitting and lying down, is when I seem to notice the most onset of pain). I also have very weak core muscles, which I plan on building up, and when I have done so in the past I have felt an improvement, so it is definitely something that I can do, plus I am thinking about taking up yoga.
I am currently in Thailand and can get an MRI scan and a microdisectomy for probably around $1,000, and will happily pay that IF I know that I can get back to playing soccer at a competitive level. Right now it is manageable and I can get by, but would do anything to be 100% again.
So, basically I have a number of questions to ask:
1. Has anybody returned to 100% full physical fitness after an op (played football or soccer competitively)
2. Does anybody have a good rehabilitation programme that I can follow?
3. Personal opinions on i) lying down with head up posture, ii) core muscles, iii) yoga/stretches
Also, your personal opinion on whether I should just do a physical therapy programme vs. an op for full recovery
If you have taken the time to read this and give me a reply I thank you so very much.