History: Frequent exerciser. Free weights, elliptical stair master. Easy to moderate workouts. Sciatica started early October as right buttock pain, mostly with sitting. I decided to take yoGa class and then could barely walk out of class. Progressed rapidly to severe, debilitating pain in the buttock, calf ankle and foot.
Ortho consult. MRI showed L5-S1 mod herniation with severe nerve root impingement. Had 2 steroid injections which provided zero relief. At the that point two radiologists and 2 pain mgmt docs shared that the steroids would likely not improve symptoms as the herniated disc appeared to already have hardened (on MRI) and had completely displaced the nerve root.
Had laminectomy/discectomy on 11/22/16. My surgeon is very, very conservative. He doesn't want me doing anything. Just walking and some stretching of hamstring. I'm three weeks out and he still won't clear me to go to work more than 4 hours.
This all seems to be contradictory to everything I had read prior to surgery. I thought I'd be back to regular activity by now.