Extreme muscle tightness and sciatica
I was wondering if anyone else experiences extreme leg tightness with their sciatica as these two things seemed to be linked in my situation.
When I began having pain several years ago, I remember my leg muscles being so tight and antzy almost to the point of being painful if I didn't move them. At first, my symptoms decreased with a bit of exercise and stretching, but then I got to the point where my leg muscles got so tight that I had to stop most activities. Even walking became difficult.
Now, I am stuck in a viscous cycle of being able to walk around for a while, but then doing too much movement one day and getting extremely tight leg muscles which last for about four days. I've tried to monitor and control my movement, but ridiculously little amounts of movement seem to irritate it sometimes Then, once the tightness subsides, I have to add walking and standing again very slowly, so as to not bring on the tightness again. It is frustrating as I seem to be going in circles.
After the tightness dies down is when I really start noticing the sciatica. I feel cramping in the leg muscles, sharp, stabbing pains in my hips, hamstrings, calves and feet, tingling or buzzing in my feet, muscle spasms in all of the different leg muscles, burning in my hamstrings, and changes in skin temperature and color -e.g. blue feet or hot bright red feet. These symptoms decrease as I build up walking and muscle strength again. However, if I do too much one day it's right back to square one.
My doctors believe my sciatica might be caused by scar tissue in my hamstrings, the sciatic nerve being trapped in the hamstrings,or by extremely tight hamstring muscles. I am waiting on an MRI on my pelvis/ hamstrings to get some inkling of what might be causing the problem.
I'd love to hear from you if this sounds vaguely familiar to any of you at all!