Little background: I am a 29 former college football player. I have been involved in powerlifting since I was fifteen (sports as long as I can remember), and over the last 5 years I have had (what seemed like) minor back issues squatting and deadlifting. I always thought it was muscular and would take time off until the pain subsided while lifting.
I am very active in recreational sports and I still weightlift as well (neither since the injury). In late January after playing basketball I awoke the the next day with (what I know now as) severe sciatica in my right buttock and calf. I have gotten an MRI (14mm disc extrusion w/o fragmentation).
After speaking to an Ortho, even though the pain was severe I opted see if it would heal on its own. I have since been doing PT every day and am in the middle of Chiropractic spinal decompression. The pain is still very bad but the Percocets and Meloxicam make it bearable. I have gotten back 75% function of my big toe (which was completely gone), I can support my bodyweight on my right heel now (I couldn't do that at all initially), and the numbness of my leg and the top of my foot is gone as well. The sciatica pain has not gotten better.
It has been 3 months since the injury and I know that I still have a ways to go, but based on what I have written is it plausible to think I will ever be able to run/lift/play basketball/be active again? I am very positive, but before the injury, I haven't been more than 1 week without being somewhat active, in my whole life.
Sorry for the long post, thank you for any help.