I developed sciatic pain down my left leg in April of last year. I could only stand for at the most for 5 minutes before fore the pain became intolerable. The only relief was sitting or squatting to take the pressure off. I had no back pain with this at all. In fact I golfed all summer without back pain. I saw a physical therapist at the health club I belong to and he said he saw this before and knew what to do to get me right. I did not have a MRI so I had no idea what was wrong. The PT had me doing deep core exercises doing them with what he called pelvic tilting and a bunch of stretches.. At the end of July my pain seemed to disappear over night.
In beginning of September,after I foolishly slacked off on my exercises, I was picking something up in the garage when I felt a jabbing pain in my back and thought nothing of it. The next morning the sciatic was back along when not bad pain in my lower right back, maybe a 4 out of 10 on the pain scale. I went to my primary doctor and he sent me for and mri along with another steroid pack that was useless. My primary doctor called a few days after the mri and said I had a badly herniated disc at l4-l5. He said that this would not heal on its own and refered my to spine specialist. The specialist also said the disc would not heal on its own and I would be a perfect candidate for a microdisectomy.
I had the surgery in October and had immediate relief from the sciatic pain and very minor back pain. My recovery for the first 3 months was pretty routine with ups and downs everybody has. I went back to work after 6 weeks at a job where I am able to control the amount of physical labor I have to do. At my 3 month checkup my surgeon said I was free to return to normal activities I felt able to do and that he was not going to recommend physical therapy seeing I was doing so well. The only problem I was having was minor back pain and a pain in the groin when going from sitting to standing. THe pain would be at 7 or 8 level for anywhere from a couple of seconds to 15 seconds. After a step or two the pain went to a 1 or 2.
My surgeon said he never heard of anything like that with the surgery I had and sent me on my way.
I went to see my primary doctor and he sent me for physical therapy to stretch my back and to work on the pain in my groin. The PT, after examining me said that my psoas muscles were extremely tight and were what was causing my back pain and the pain in my groin. He started me on some extremely conservative stretches and deep tissue massages for a couple of weeks along with some electric stimulation. after a couple of weeks we started doing some more intense stretches and exercises along with the elect stim. and deep tissue massages. He said that he felt the psoas muscles were no longer " fighting " him during the massages. He gave me a couple more stretches along with allowing me to go on the eliptical machine. I have no pain when doing the eliptical machine at all. It has been about six weeks and I have seen very little if any improvement in the groin pain or the back pain and am getting worried as we have a family vacation planned in 5 5 weeks in Disneyworld and as of right now would be able to do all that walking.
Some additional info....I am 52 ,a tobacco user, been active my whole life...biking ,playing softball, golfing( walking when I was able.
I was wondering if anyone else experienced these symptoms or something similar and were able to find answers. I know that the healing process takes time ...up to a year or 2. I have read only one account that mention the groin pain and that subsided in the person after about 9 months, but that is the only one I have found . I am tempted to see If I can get another mri to see if I possible did some more damage.
Thanks ahead of time for any responses