Today I went to the physical therapist for the first time since my left leg started hurting. Just to recap, I had to stop running on December 5th because of what felt like a hamstring injury on the left side. The muscle pain went away, but I was left with lightening bolts of pain through my leg whenever I moved in certain ways. After a month of trying to deal with it there was no improvement to speak of, other than it being better one day and worse the next, and so today I went to a therapist.
The diagnosis is that yes, I have sciatic nerve pain, but it’s being caused by a disc in my lower back that is either ruptured or bulging and therefore putting pressure on my nerve, which is causing pain down my left leg and into my foot whenever I cough (sneezes are ok), bend over, stand up, sit down, turn, look to the left or right, think, and sleep. In other words, I’m in constant pain, at least as long as I’m moving, which means even in my sleep if I move I end up waking up from the pain.
My initial treatment will consist of four or five visits to the therapist (the first being today) for electro-shock therapy (on my leg, not my brain), massage, stretching, and grief counseling. It’s really a bummer being hurt. I struggle occasionally with laziness, and so it’s frustrating to have the will and desire to do something but be prevented from doing it by something outside my control. At least now I’m working on repairing the damage and hopefully I can be out running in two weeks, but it’s no fun sitting around getting fat.
As for what caused it, I’m guessing it was a combination of things, including running, skateboarding, tight pants, my gut, and picking my daughter up, all combining to render me temporarily crippled.
Today’s the worst because I also went to the gym and lifted weights for the first time in several months, and now I can’t lift my arms without it just about killing me.