Any thoughts, please! I have an L5/S1 disk bulge and had back pain for well over a month in my right lower back. I was told at the hospital that surgery would be unlikely and that I just need PT. Needless to say, I had not started PT and have just been recuperating on my own.
Around 3 weeks ago, for two nights, I had this uncontrollable urge to stretch out my right leg in my sleep. It would wake me up as I was stretching it. After that, the pain totally went away in my right lower back, but I developed excruciating sciatica down my right leg. It felt like it was originating in the lower part of my buttock, but my back did not hurt.
Sciatica pain was especially bad in the morning and night and when walking down stairs. My right calf muscle would twitch, especially when the pain was bad and at the end of the day. I also noticed that my right calf was feeling especially weak, causing me to limp and feel tired after walking up stairs. After the sciatica episode finally improved/ended after a week, I still have weakness in my calf. I limp and cannot hold any of my weight on my toes (i.e. cannot stay on the ball of my foot with my weight). Has this happened to anyone else? Will strength come back with PT? Can permanent nerve damage happen this quickly?
Thanks for any insight.