I have had back pain many years but this summer in August it started getting alot worse. For the past 6 months I've had pain sitting down and walking fron the left lower back to the ankle. I have rested for months not working and not doing anyhing physical except swimming.
I did an MRI and it showed small budges on 4 discs ans a L4/L5 hernia.
I saw my doctor and she performed a few leg resistance test. She was shocked how weak my leg was. Standing up I wasn't able to raise my left leg more than about 10 degrees and sitting down I couldn't get it up more than a few inches off the floor with her hand on my thigh as resistance. I wasn't able to walk on my toes either.
She says that this kind of weakness doesn't heal with regular physiotherapy and requires surgery. I tend to think the same because my situation hasn't improved in 6 months.