Hey everyone, I tried to hang something by myself that I shouldnt have, and I ended up injuring a disk 4 months ago. I knew I hurt something at the time, but I just didnt know what. Kept on about my business. About 2 weeks later I noticed that I had pain when trying to touch toes and started walking with a limp. Fast forward about a month later and I am limping around work pretty bad (bartender). There was also 10/10 pain when going from standing to sitting or sitting to standing. I do research and think to try getting at the piriformis. I ask my brother (massage therapist) to dig in and "give it everything he's got". Bad idea. Couldnt walk for 3 days. Everything barking. After rest, ice, tens, and stretching I get back to being able to hobble around, but its at the point where I cannot stand/walk for longer than about 30 minutes (whereas pre massage I could walk around for hours at a time albeit with a limp). It's been diagnosed by PT and MD that it is either a bulge or herniation to the left.
I have NO back pain. I have NO pain while laying down. I have NO pain while sitting, but I do notice that standing/walking afterwards is particularly bad. I do however have really bad pain when I stand or walk for too long, and I have to go back to laying down. This is obviously some kind of issue with spinal compression since I only get symptoms while standing. Prednisone helped a ton, but it seems inflammation has come back. I have the "tight" hamstring, and a lot of pain in buttock. Ive been out of work for about 2 months now, and im supposed to go back tomorrow. Pretty nervous and I dont know if I can do it. Ibuprofen doesnt touch it. The gabapentin made me a zombie and it didnt touch it. I do not want to take hydrocodone or anything like that.
I dont have insurance and cant afford an MRI.
Im mostly confused because if the nerve root is being pinched to the point that it causes as bad as sciatica as it does, id assume id be in pain all the time. Im thankful im not, but I need to get back to work as im going both crazy and broke. Also, its strange that I no longer have any pain going from sitting to standing, but almost constant pain after about 5 minutes of walking around. It's like they switched places.
Im 4 months into this, and id prefer a non surgical route. Based on the info ive given, does anyone have a similar story to provide guidance on? I really appreciate it.