I've had some lower back issues in my past and it's catching up with me now, so I need a little advice.
First, L4-S1 herniated discs from a work injury, diagnosed back around 1989, Out of work for a few months, PT, I was young and I came out of it okay. No surgery.
Fast forward to today, I'm 41 and it's baaaa-aaacccck (pun intended). Symptomatically:
extensive numbness, tingling, and burning on the top of my thighs, from my pelvic bone, down inner thigh, past the knee, back up the outer thigh/almost back of my leg. Also on the outer calf, down to the foot, and the top of my foot. This happens sporadically, and on both sides but not always simultaneously.
All the classic shooting, stabbing, electric pains from my hips to my toes, but (new this time around) is a horrible ache-type intense (at times) pain from my hips through the middle of my thighs and into my knees. On the 1 to 10 scale, it's a constant 6-7 and is becoming unbearable, especially with the spikes taking it up to 11 at times.
I'm traveling for the holidays, and will probably go to an urgent care facility to get the pain under control. Then back to work 3000 miles away, go see my regular dr and begin treating it.
The big question is that the numbness does not seem to match up with classic sciatica. I've looked at Meralgia parasthetica, which may be likely as I've had some "female" surgery, but it was almost 3 years ago. I can't seem to correlate the symptoms - maybe the pain is making me a little dumb, I suppose.....