I suffered a herniated disc on Jan 8th 2012. For 2 weeks it was excruciating pain in the left leg and butt area. It is still lingering today 3 months later. Had I known to alternate & apply ice & heat immediately it may have healed quicker. Instead I continued playing sports a few weeks later thinking it was subsiding.
I ONLY feel it in the lower left leg and now in the upper left part too after doing the walking treatment.
I am 47, but very athletic, from doing P90x for past 2 years (the gym before that) and competitive tennis for 20 yrs. I strongly feel there was a pose I did from the P90x yoga and also sleeping on a bad mattress for 2 weeks while traveling overseas. Nothing like getting sciatica while overseas and not fluent in medical terms with the hospital. They did a CT scan, FREE, and once back in the states I got a MRI to confirm a L5-S1 herniation. Overseas clinic gave me Diclofenac and it stopped the inflammation as did the Doctor in the states since I told him it helped.
I did a visit to "marketing" doctor for an enbrel injection but since our initial consultation was all a sales pitch. I declined the offer, plus there were side effects and some people were not cured.
Fast forward to present day; I am trying to get off the NSAIDs, do some walking, piriformis & Mackenzie stretches. Anyway, the walking is aggravating it more. The rest and stretching seemed better.
Really, it is very frustrating. I don't want to be out of commission for 8 months to 1 year as I have read here and other forums. Exercising is a way of life for me.
Surgery is no guarantee nor is PT, correct? My friend's mom had it done and had no problems for 20 years but see people here have re-herniations. I looked up the doctor who performs it on pro athletes and they charge from $50k to $100k....Great, I don't have health insurance for this. I'm a veteran. So, now I feel kind SOL. Is this really it for me b/c I feel no improvements (I am standing as I type this)
MOTE: I am able to physically lift 20 lbs, play 2 hours of tennis within this recovery period but I ceased due to doctor's orders of 3 months off of tennis and lifting. However, what I've read here and other athletic forums, is it could be 6 months to 1 year of very lite activity!