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Chronic Calf Burning/Pain

m.kelleymm.kelley Posts: 3
Hello Spine-Health!

My name is mike. I am a 21 year old student currently in Japan but from California and id like some community help on a problem that I have been having for awhile. 2 years ago i herniated two discs in my back during a rugby game. L4/L5 and L5/S1. The L4/L5 was considered a large herniation and the effects of that were terrible. I had foot drop, muscle weakness and i could not look down without sciatica dropping me to the floor. I had sciatica in my calves and my back pain was insane. I had to live with it for about a year due to school and not being able to take the time off. So 1 year ago I had surgery and the doctor performed surgery on the L4/L5. After the surgery things were going well, for about 9 months things seemed to be going good, but 3 months ago my sciatica started to come back. I have this intense burning pain in my calf right when i wake up, when i have been sitting for more than 15 minutes, or randomly in the day. The burning is sometimes so intense I need to just lay on the floor wherever I am. The only weird part is this time around i have no back pain, no flexibility issues, and its just pain in my calf, nothing in my back. My doctor has me on Gabapentin but it doesn't do much for me. I get the best relief shortly after a stretch or in a really hot shower, or while im in an onsen here in japan. If anyone could chime in if they have had experience with this or some words of encouragement. Anything would be appreciated.



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  • I also note that when standing and walking my pain is virtually non existent. When any kind of sitting when the burn comes. Also after stretching usually the pain gets worse. I do herniated disc stretches and after i can really feel in calf and foot. Again no pain in back, no flexibilty restriction. Really confusing and this burning pain and inability to sit really takes a toll on you
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