I have a herniated disc since about 5 months, and since a couple of weeks now the pain in lower back and leg has been constant and strong enough to prevent normal sleep, and limit my walking to +-10 minutes at 0,000000001 km/h.
But yesterday, during a flare up of the pain after a walk, I started massaging my spine, until I came across a spot near the sacrum that, when poked, "deactivated" the pain in the leg. Release the poke, pain came back.
I kept the pressure for about 5 minutes and it relieved the pain for about 3 hours, until I changed position and it came back.
I tried the poke again before sleeping, but I still woke up after a couple of hours, this time from pain in the lower back, not the leg. The pain wasn't the "normal" electric shock, but as if I had been holding a wrong position for long (I wasn't). It was very intense, and felt like I couldn't "move my ass" to get out of bed, although sensitivity in the leg was normal.
When I managed to stand up, the sensation improved until the pain started shooting down the leg again. Holding pressure in the same spot helped control it though. I went for a walk and was able to double the distance with this technique. Pain comes and goes (which is an improvement from "constant").
Has anybody experienced something similar? It's a relief, specially after 3 months physiotherapy and an epidural didn't seem to work. But I donnow if I can count on this as a long term solution.