Hi, I'm new here. Hoping to connect with others who have a similar injury and see if anyone has insight into my current situation.
A little less than two months ago I was diagnosed (from an x-ray) with a herniated disc at L5-S1. The injury occured after lifting something heavy, but I think it was coming on for a while as I had felt twinges in that spot (lower right back) before, ever since falling off my bike a few weeks earlier. When the injury happened (after heavy lifting and twisting my body) I was in excrutiating pain. I felt nauseous and dizzy for about an hour and was basically immobilized by pain. The first doctor I saw said it was probably a muscle tear, since I didn't have any symptoms in my legs, only terrible back pain in one particular spot. The back pain was so bad I could hardly walk without feeling like I was being stabbed in the back, however I never experienced any tingling, numbness or leg pain. After it was clear the pain wasn't healing the way a muscle tear normally does, I had an x-ray done which pointed to a herniation.
Fast forward 2 months and it's definitely been getting better. I see a physiotherapist once a week and have been doing the exercises she recommended. I still can't bend forward and have difficult tying my shoes and getting in and out of bed, but now I only feel pain when I strain my back from moving too suddenly in the wrong direction. That is, until a few days ago when I started noticing tingling in my right leg below the knee (on the side where the herniation occurred). It comes and goes randomly throughout the day and doesn't seem to be related to any particular movement. I have also been noticing that I have much worse back pain when I lie down, though instead of being isolated to the spot of injury, it is in a more generalized middle-back area. Then, as of yesterday, I noticed that when I touch my lower back, I can feel tingling on the left side of my LEFT calf. This is the first time I have had symptoms anywhere on my left side.
Is it normal to develop tingling months after the herniation when that wasn't a part of the initial symptoms? Does that mean that the herniation is getting bigger/worse, or could it possibly be part of the healing process? I feel extremely confused because my pain is worlds better than it was, but this tingling is all new. I won't be able to see a doctor or my physiotherapist for a week, which is why I'm posting here. I have googled as much as I possibly can without finding any similar stories. Would love to hear opinions from folks on this site! Thanks!***********************
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