Originally Posted by SS
I did damn near the same thing. I was stretching before a four mile run and suddenly it felt like my back was on fire and my left leg could barely support my weight and felt like I just took a bolt of lightning through it.
About a year later I was under the knife for a bi-level discectomy on L4-L5 and L5-S1. Most of the weakness and nerve pain is gone now (every once in a while I'll get something) but now I have pretty severe muscle and joint pain due to the catastrophic damage of having the muscle in my lower back cut completely through and then ripped wide open. There's still a dent near the middle of my scar thanks to the spreader they had to use.
Just a word of advice... TAKE IT EASY until you get the MRI done to see just how bad it is. My surgery was only supposed to take two hours. Ended up at a little over five hours with two surgeons (orthopedic and neurosurgeon who was basically just there to make sure no nerves were cut coming off my spinal cord). The neurosurgeon had to step in and remove pieces of the discs that were minced off from my grinding/extremely unhappy vertebrae from my spinal canal and were rubbing on my spinal cord.
I did chiro, acupuncture (Army is retarded), Physical Therapy, an attempt at pain management using pills (only alcohol can really relieve nerve pain like that...), injections and finally the surgery. Absolute last resort but my leg works like it should now and I don't scream uncontrollably when I move a certain way like I have Tourette's lol
That sounds a lot like what Mike went through. We were told to avoid Beaumont for the surgery because they really push to do fusions, which will cause the vertebra above and below the fusion to also fail quicker. I have a recommendation for a surgeon we really trusted (we went to multiple for their opinions before choosing).
Myself, I have had sciatic flare ups but usually after resting for a few days to a week it goes away. I had an MRI done and they basically said that if I don't manage my bulging disc (through keeping my core strong) I would end up needing a surgery also. I saw the same surgeon as Mike for my disc issue and he did not recommend surgery for me, so I wouldn't avoid seeing a doctor thinking they will want to cut you. If you can do any of the non surgical remedies and they work then you should be managing the issue moving forward like I do. I really regret not taking him to have the surgery sooner because the pain and disability was worse than the recovery pain from the surgery. He was disabled for months before the surgery but like I said was up walking the day of the surgery and was getting around really well after only a few days.