I have been lurking and reading all of the very useful information on this forum for quite sometime now but wondered if anyone has had a similar experience to me, and if they did what they did to sort it out.
I hurt my back badly back in October 2013 (after previously hurting is 5 years ago). A week later the sciatica pain started and left me on the floor for quite some time. After a long wait for an MRI scan (British NHS) I finally got my results:
Central/left paracentral disc protrusion indenting the theca causing bilateral narrowing compromising the traversing S1 nerve roots bilaterally, more significantly on the left. Everything else normal.
Symptoms are pain, pins and needles and twitching down the back of my left leg - particularly in extension.
3 months in I am much better than I was a while back but walking and standing still leaves me in pain very rapidly. Flexion solves the pain...
The Drs have told me that I am not a candidate for surgery as I have no weakness, no loss of reflexes and no red-flags. The trouble is I seem to have reached a plateau in my recovery. If i spend all day lying down then the following day I can walk for 30 minutes without pain but I then end up on the sofa again!
I have been undertaking PT and trying to keep as active as possible but I am unsure what to do to get myself fixed further. Do any of you have any suggestions or familiar stories...
P.S I am a computer programmer so spend most of my waking day sat at a desk (I am using a lumber roll for support) but am (was) normally very very active; walking, cycling (~200 mile per week), racing.
Sometimes whilst walking the pain gets incredibly intense but then eases right off after 20 minutes (not very often though)