Sciatica has become back
Hi I am 37 years old, 6'3" tall and about 190 lbs. I suffered from a herniated disc while I was at work in London in 1998. I suffered for pain (without proper diagnosis) for years and then in 2005 the sciatica on my right leg was unbearable (pain under the thigh - just unbelievable!).
In Nov 2005 I went through a microscopic diskectomy and a piece of the L5-S1 disc was removed. Believe it or not until last week I was in really good shape. There were times when the region was sore but I led a new painless like since 2005 until now.
Last week I woke up from my sleep and had mild pain. I started doing my light PT exercises and the pain did not seem to go away. the physician gave pain meds and relaxants which did not help as well.
In the last 2 days I see that I can no longer sleep. any position in bed is a NIGHTMARE, walking nor standing helps but sitting helps.
So the pain areas have changed completely. All I am sure of is the sciatic nerve is being pinched again. And its weird too. some time within the day there are few minutes where I am painless too. The pain is on the side of my thighs, behind my calf and a lot on over my foot region.
I am wondering what to do next and whom to see. I live in Gainesville, VA and am not sure which doctors are good and what I should look for. I honestly don't want to jump into surgery. I don't know if a pain injection into that region would help, PT would help? or if surgery (if yes, which) would help.
Are there known options I should ask the doctor to consider.
I'm sorry I don't even know if I asked the right questions since I am so much in pain as I type this note out.