So quick backstory: I have a herniated disc at L5/S1. Happened about 3 years ago out of nowhere where I suddenly felt a shooting pain down my left leg. Got the MRI's, took the meds, then finally got 3 epidural injections and that seemed to calm it down and take away the leg pain. I still couldn't bend much but at least the leg pain was gone.
Now fast forward to May 2014, I was lifting weights and boom, I aggravate it BAD. Could barely, walk, stand, do anything. Was in bed for weeks (I know, bad). But got a couple more injections, put on Gabepentin for the nerve pain and it seemed to ease up. BUT this time leg pain is still there. Not shooting down my leg but just super tight and achey. It hurts the most when I try to sit or stand for longer then a few minutes.
Now my question is: Is this the disc causing the problem? or do you think it's tight muscles, like piriformis or hamstrings? Since the very first time it started about 3 years ago, I haven't been able to bend my leg straight. If I bend down, my right leg can stay straight but I have to bend at the knee with my left. If I lay down on the bed to do a leg raise, it inevitably bends by itself when I try to go past like 20 degrees.
When I was put on a higher dose of Gabepentin, It seemed I was able to raise my leg a bit higher, still not very high, but still higher then when i started.
All in all, trying to figure out the problem before I jump into surgery. Any help would be great! Thanks.