Hello all I have been reading post on here for about a month now and I would really appreciate some help with my condition.
Since October 2014 I had been having a pain in the middle of my back which I didn't recognize, I started to not be able to bend or squat as I had been doing. In November it got worse so I went to the chiropractor and he said It was a muscle pull and would take 1-3 days for him to get me back. The condition worsened until I felt like I needed to go to the Doctor. He had me have an MRI early December which indicated I had a large herniated Disc L4/L5 S1. As of this time the pain was acutely in my back but getting worse especially when I sneezed.
Wednesday December 11th I began to feel some sciatic pain down my left leg stopping at the knee which stayed pretty mild until Sunday morning on Dec 14th. I got up to go to church and the pain just kept getting worse until I ended up leaving church early and screaming in pain until I could lay down flat on my face and take some pain killers. I basically laid down for 3 days straight and each time I got up the sciatic pain was very severe. The Ortho could not see me until the 22nd so I went to the chiropractor on Thursday and showed him my MRI. He began some decompression therapy which seemed to help.
The next week I was still not able to work but I began trying to walk around, I was limping and had lost almost all strength in my calf and foot, After days of laying and icing and a round of prednisone from my family doctor I was able to limp around with minimal strength in my left leg.
On the 22nd I went to the Ortho and he immediately recommended surgery because of the weakness in my leg, However I told him I did not want to do surgery because I had improved to the point of walking 1 mile and sitting for a short while without pain. He gave me another round of prednisone and said he would see me within two weeks.
I went back to see him on the 7th and had regain full strength in my calf muscle I still have some sciatic pain but I am not taking any pain killers or anti inflammatory medication, I am able to walk to miles without limping. My biggest problem now is I have a very tender spot in my lower back slightly to the left of my spine. I also have trouble sitting for more than 20 minutes at a time without some pain in my calf muscle. My pinky to is numb and also the side of my left foot. The major problem is my hamstring tightness in both legs from 3 months without stretching.
The Ortho said that I could be healing and he would see me again in another 3 weeks. This is the problem he said I needed to stretch and gave me a paper with back exercises which include sitting in a chair and trying to touch my toes. I know this will aggravate my disc problem. The paper also said I should exercise by running, cycling or skiing. When I called him back to tell him I couldn't do the exercises on the paper and to try and get a muscle relaxer for the cramps and spasms in my left leg he refused and said it would just mask symptoms. Meanwhile he prescribed me pain killers and anti inflammatory medication which I am not taking. He also said that if my back hurt to bad to do the exercises I needed to have surgery and large protrusions like mine don't normally heal on their own.
Can anyone help me out on this. I am a month away from the worst pain I have ever had in my life and I feel as though I am getting better. Why wouldn't he recommend me for therapy? I am 27 years old 6'5 235 lbs and have been playing sports my whole life. Does this sound like reasonable progression time for healing? Also what should I do about hamstring tightness is this a common thing or is it due to nerve problems?