I'm new to back pain and sciatica. I'm 39 and have never had an issue in my life, aside from one time I can think of about 8 years ago when I pulled something while windsurfing. I was fine in less than a week.
Anyway, 3 months ago I hurt my back after sitting on a long flight. I had been shovelling snow the day before. I got off the flight and actually found that a sneeze set off the round of pain. It was tight, then I sneezed, and *bam* instant back pain. Regardless, I continued working, returned home, and the pain and tightness gradually cleared up over 3-4 weeks. It was only a real bother for the first 10 days or so.
Then suddenly, 2 months ago (1 month after the initial injury), during an intensly stressful period, my foot went numb and tingly and had a nasty cramp in my calf. This was new! Checked with my doctor and sure enough, he diagnosed "mild sciatica due to muscle impinging on nervve". According to him the clinical signs did not point to herniation of a disc. I got an x-ray and was sent to phyisio.
Things have been improving.
The leg and foot symps (pain when getting up, calf pain and tingling on walking, etc) are now 99% gone, but in the last week or so, I have back pain again.
Its diffferent though! It feels like a burning sensation a lot of the time, or a dull ache. It moves around, primarily on the OPPOSITE side from my scaitica. It gets better late at night when I relax, but generally its always there. There is no trigger, I feel it sitting, standaing, lying. I can walk, run, and even bound up a flight of stairs without a change in symps. Sometimes it feels like its high on my side (the opposite side) or even inside, like a digenstive issue.
My PT and doc both say its probably inflammation and the fact that the pain has moved from leg to my back is a good thing. I'm on prescription anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers. I don't think they are doing much.
Anyway, all of this is to poll people who know about back pain - what the heck do you think is going on? Because it moves around and does not restrict movement, I am beginning to think that the stress of the last 3 months (and not being able to cycle) is causing some anxiety and therefore psychosomatic symptoms.
Any thoughts? Anywhere?
Back pain and sciatica, they are no fun at all!