I am a active 66 male who Hikes, Walks and Swims. Last year I 100 miles on the AT trail in VA with no back problems.
4 weeks ago I had minor low back stiffness, 3 weeks ago major right leg pain, could sit or drive, #7 to 9 pain in upper and lower leg, pins like feeling in foot. Went to ER for pain relief, xray said Sciatica, Saw spine doc who found weakness in right leg when I couldn't raise my self with right toe lift. Left leg is fine. Doc gave me Motrin 800mgx2, Neurontin 300mgx3 and vicodin prn. Pain is now tolerable and I can sit, but in slight fog!!
Had MRI yesterday
L2-L3 Minimal Bulging Disk
L3-L4 Bulging Disk
L4-l5 Bulging Disk
L5-S1 Diffusely Bulging Disk
I am suppose to see a surgeon April 15
Doc couldn't tell me if I should walk or stretch or swim, basically said if it hurts don't do it.
What am I to do ???