I have had sciatic pain for the past 2 years, but the pain has been minimal for the past 2 months. The pain has gone but not 100%. I can do day-to-day activities fine without pain, but when I run I still get some pain, and I have tried to play soccer but there is too much twisting and turning involved which alleviates the pain.
I now believe that my herniated disc (self-diagnosis) has healed (or almost healed) and now my pain may be from nerve damage. I have done some research and I have read that the nerves usual recovery time is around 12-18 months, but I have also found other information which says that the nerve never really heals 100%.
What is your opinion on this? Has anyone had a herniated disc L5-S1 and took a while to heal completely (to the stage where they can play sports again). Is the almost 2 years of disc herniation without treatment a possibility that I may have permanent nerve damage?
For anyone who is interested in how I managed to reduce my pain after 2 years; I bought a new mattress which was quite expensive and I now stop the semi-lying down you do when in bed on the laptop or watching TV.
Still not 100% but I am very hopeful that I will get there one day as I have improved significantly from where I was, and hopefully it can continue.
Thank you all to everyone on this forum for sharing your views and helping each other!