Hello. Newbie here! To start, about 5 - 6 weeks ago, I apparently herniated my L3-L4 disc causing insane amounts of sciatic pain (as well as a steady stream of vulgarities). I got an MRI after seeing a physiatrist at his recommendation. I proceeded to then get a lumbar steroid shot to try and help the inflammation...which wore off relatively quick. Since then, I've started PT and my therapist has me doing different exercises, which has helped. Two weeks ago, in period of 5 days, my right leg buckled twice beneath me (Ironically, one of the falls happened after my home PT exercises) and I fell and seemed to hyper-flex my knee and thigh muscles. My therapist was concerned that I was still experiencing weakness in my leg after 2 weeks of treatment (4 PT sessions with home exercises). While I feel my leg is stronger, I still cannot put substantial weight on it...I can walk, but climbing stairs is still difficult and my thigh muscle hurts the most. Is my therapist right in his concern or is my condition normal for the injury I sustained and only 2 weeks of PT? At age 42, this is my first really substantial injury and my main concern and fear is permanent damage to nerves, muscles, spine, etc.
I will say that when this all started, I could barely walk, had numbness in my right knee and shin in addition to the sciatic pain in my hip and now I can walk on my own without a cane, the numbness has reduced to just under my kneecap and the pain is mainly in my thigh and not so much in my back. Should I be concerned after roughly 5 weeks about this? Has anyone else had this kind of experience?
Thanks in advance for any advice/comments.