I am a 30 year old male struck with low back and sciatic pain in my left leg. This all started back in January were I started to deal with intense low back pain. The pain has oscillated in intensity but has remained. It has affected me from being active, I haven't worked out, done any running or outdoors type stuff since it struck. I have tried chiropractic adjustments and PT, but neither seem to be resolving the issue
I did get an MRI back in early April and I herniated my L5/S1 disc. Around this time I have started to get pain in the upper outside of my leg as well as the bottom of my foot.
It is now middle of June and this issue is not going away. I don't know what else I can try other than epidural injections. I have read about massage therapy and acupuncture. I have also read about structural integration massage, done by massage therapists known as rolfers.
The only type of physical activity I get now is swimming in the morning; I have tried lifting light weights but it seems to aggravate my symptoms so I have stopped. Its getting to a point where when I get home from work, I don't want to go out, I just want to rest.
I have heard about microdisectomy and that was mentioned my last visit, but I don't really want to have surgery. While successful I have read it predominately alleviates leg pain and can reduce the stability of your back. Also I have read usually after two years, people who have done conservative treatment feel the same as those who had surgery.
Any advice or treatments you guys have tried? Just looking for feedback and also hoping to hear how you guys have gotten through this!