I think it is best to start from the beginning!
I am a 19 year old competitive who recently sustained a back injury.
Trained all year and the day after Henley due to a poor performance I decided to go for a run, half way down my usual route I had a searing burning intolerable pain down my left leg into my glute and had to hobble home.
I assumed i had pulled something due to overtraining and limped about for 2 weeks opting for a stationary spin bike at the gym.
When i finally returned home from uni I went to the doctor, around 3 weeks post injury, who diagnosed me with a disc bulge and sent me to physio, i did the physio religiously, it is four months down the line now and the painhas decreased however I still feel that I am dragging my left leg and both of my legs are terrifyingly weak which i find very upsetting and quite scary. Often during the painful period the pain would change sides, affecting either or both glutes.
On my first visit to the doctor I passed all the the test for a disc bulge i have never had problems raising my leg past ninety degrees, have no loss of sensation on the skin etc etc but I assumed this was to do with my ballet background.
During the past four months I have mistrusted the physio and panicked on several occasions, heading back to the doctor, the 3rd doctor i saw said that he did not believe it was a disc bulge. I went back to the physio and she says the disc has settled down and in fact my hyperlordosis is causing inflammation and sciatica, but I do not understand how this could cause weakness in the legs. I have not been given a scan as the doctors do not believe I need one. My parents think I am imagining it. I am not only terrified that I will never row again, which is my life, but that i will never feel like a 19 year old again, i have to be careful when i go out to clubs with friends, do not want to go back to uni like this. Now concerned I have depression, I just want to feel my age again. have any other young athletic people had this problem?