Greetings all. I've found this site to be extremely informational - and hope I can learn and help as a participant.
My injury is very recent......
I've recently turned the dreaded '40'. Three weeks ago I spent about 3 hours moving patio pavers from one part of our yard to another. I was doing straight-back lifts, walking firmly, not taking more than 4 bricks (30lbs) at a time, picking up and setting down. I felt great and strong during and afterward. Two days later on a Friday I was doing some mulching, a little shoveling, and hauling bags of mulch (maybe 40 lbs.). Again, I felt fine. All stuff I've done before. We had a great weekend of hanging out on our property Saturday and Sunday - again, no pain, no problems.
Monday put me into a 4 hour car drive for work. The next day was uncomfortable low back pain - nothing specific, just tight and slight pain sitting and flashes of pain while walking. It had gotten better, then flaired up, then gotten better over 2 weeks.
I saw my GP for another issue and mentioned the back - it was a little sore when she examined me - but I was getting around fine and had no issues other than lower back soreness. She prescribed an Ibuprofen regiment and a long list of exercises to stretch and strengthen the back.
The 3rd week I wasn't having pain, so I skipped the Ibuprofen and did a few of the exercises. I'd been up and around and feeling pretty mobile - no heavy lifting, just day-to-day stuff.
Last Thursday, I leaned back after putting on my shoe and had a twinge of horrible pain in the lower back that wouldn't go away for the rest of the day. Just lower back. Friday was better - Saturday and Sunday were fine, just walking around and doing normal stuff - no heavy lifting or yard work at all.
Sunday night I started having horrible sciatica pains running down my left leg - I could sit in a chair for about 5 minutes before I had to get up and walk around. Once I went to bed, the sciatica pain was gone and I slept soundly.
WHAM! Monday morning I woke up to a partially numb left foot (completely numb to touch from inside of arch, over the top of the foot, and running up the outside 4 inches above the ankle - can feel and move toes just fine, sole and heel are fine too). Additionally, once I got up to walk, that foot wanted to drag it's toes. That was the most unnerving (pardon the pun) feeling I have ever felt. Yep, something is really wrong. I had no pain for the rest of the day, only the numb foot and weak ankle.
I contacted my GP immediately and she said it was probably sciatica. She said to watch it closely, and if it got worse to call immediately. If it didn't improve in a couple of days - we would do PT or something else.
It's now 4 days later and there hasn't been any noticeable change in the numbness or weakness. It hasn't gotten worse - or better. I'm doing the Ibuprofen, exercise regiment, and staying cautiously active. The sciatica won't let me sit for more than 5 minutes - standing is perfectly fine. And, my back really doesn't hurt at all. So....what the heck? Backs are mysterious.
She did schedule me for an MRI this coming Monday - if I have a turnaround this weekend I can cancel.
I've been hoping that the foot would 'wake up' at some point like an arm after it 'falls asleep'. That hasn't happened and it's got me a little worried. In the last 4 days I've developed a little bit of a different 'gait' to deal with the droopy foot - but that's gotta be screwing up my posture and other parts of my body.
So yeah, from Zero to completely numb and weakness overnight without a significant memorable trauma seems weird to me.
Others here probably have similar stories. I'm only 4 days in, so I really don't have much of a history, but want to prevent any long term problems.
Thanks for reading. I'll update as I learn more.
Best to all.