I have been lurking and reading for 12 weeks now since my sciatica started in late June and it has been so helpful!
I am 52 years old and this is my first episode of this pain. I was lifting heavy boxes at a trade show 3 days before the sciatica developed so I am assuming this is the cause.
First stop was primary care physician he prescribed Advil and oral steroids no impact whatsoever. I then started physical therapy, 2 weeks later I had an MRI and the culprit was L5/S1 mild to severe disc herniation. I could not walk more than 500 feet without severe pain. I went to see a physiatrist he put me on gabepentin (600 mg) per day. By August 1 I had improved and was able to walk up to a few miles a day without too much pain.
Fast forward to today, I still have burning pain in my left leg and ankle most of the time. I can still walk but can't seem to shake this. Today, I had an epidural steroid injection and hoping it works and coupled with physical therapy . The psychiatrist has stated I am not a candidate for surgery.
Needless to say this has taken a toll on me mentally and its pretty much all I can think about is when will it end.
I have definitely improved since the onset, but think that I have hit a plateau.
I am trying to be patient, but how long could this last?
How long does one typically need to continue physical therapy?
At what point should I contemplate surgery?
Looking forward to hearing your experiences and answers!
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