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9 weeks ago I injured my back playing golf. Mild discomfort in my lower back that was with me for a week I stupidly helped a friend move some furniture a week later and for the past 8 weeks have been suffering with at times severe left sided sciatic pain.
starting in the left buttock and back of left thigh the pain was severe after sitting for more than half an hour or standing for half an hour.
After a number of weeks the pain shifted to the outside of my left calf with intermittent pain at the back of the calf. Numbness on the inside of my left big toe and the side of the toe next to it also numbness on the top of my foot from the big toe diagonally across to my ankle and a numb spot on the bottom of my foot pad.
In recent weeks I have hade severe pain above the ankle when I walk or stand for more than a couple of minutes as well as the calf pain. No pain when sleeping but often an aching leg on waking in the morning. And could only sleep on my right side otherwise I would get pain in my left buttock.
For 8 weeks I have been taking prescription co-codamol and Ibuprofen, Curcurmin C3 Coplex and using various cold gels and patches to the maximum. I have also been having weekly physio sessions.
My Physiotherapist says I have to keep moving which is very difficult when the severe pain comes on so quickly and I have to sit down to ease the pain. Dog walking is difficult if I don’t have a park bench every 50 metres.
last week I decided to do some walking on a treadmill, stopping and sitting every couple of minutes to recover from the pain. The pain was still there but felt I was getting the exercise and movement that my physio requested. Then a couple of days ago I decided to do some light jogging on the treadmill to my amazement no pain!! I could jog for 5 minute spells but then had to stop not for the pain but to catch my breath. When I stop jogging no pain just a tingling in the side of my calf.
i am still getting pain when walking but have noticed I am starting to walk further and my recovery time is decreasing and I am no longer taking maximum pain meds.
Miracle cure or coincidence? Sensible or stupid? All I know is I am in less pain which for me is heaven.
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