I’ve been here a few days and noticed how much the mods love to move threads, but I think this is the right place for this.
During the holidays, I was moving some furniture and felt a twinge in my back and was sore for the next few days. So far, nothing new. But I started developing sciatic pain, with its telltale symptoms. I wound up in bed for a week, and felt better, except when going out for New Year’s Eve, my right leg ceased to function and I crashed to the ground. I literally dragged myself to my car, somehow drove to the emergency room, and was admitted. A CAT scan showed that I had a herniated disc (L4-L5). After three+ weeks in the hospital and rehab, I was released.
I’m still in a fair amount of pain, and it varies widely from time to time. Also, my leg is often very sore, though it’s in specific muscles, not a radiating pain like sciatica. I generally have to take enough medication to stun a moose to be able to work.
They told me that sciatica either needs surgical intervention or gets better in 6-12 weeks. As it is getting better, i.e., I can walk, albeit slowly, and I’m in pain, not in agony, I hope that it is indeed healing. But none of my doctors can give me a definitive answer. I’m trying to predict if I’ll be able to take a seasonal job starting in March or if I’ll still be popping Ibuprofen and working three hours a day at most by then.
I know that a lot of folks develop this condition. So I wanted to ask–if you or someone you know developed moderate to severe sciatica, did it eventually go away (obviously, if they had surgery to correct it, I don’t want them to be part of your answer), or did it become something they just had to learn to live with? (My mother had it for all the time I knew her, despite four surgeries, and she was miserable all the time, so I’m kind of scared.)
Also, if there are any medical professionals who’ve treated such patients, I’d like to know what your observations have been.