I feel like when people ask why I look like I'm in pain, 9 times out of 10 they will have no idea what I mean when I say "sciatica," so let me just give a brief description...
Sciatica is a back injury most commonly caused by a bulging disk (in my case, my L4 or L5, however my physiotherapist was estimating), that is pinching the sciatic nerve that runs down ones back, all the way down through the leg and into the foot. Depending on the severity, this causes pain all along that area.
So I've had this since March, and with some physiotherapy and a break from a physically demanding job, horse-back riding and running, it's gotten a bit better, but hasn't fully recovered. Has anyone here had sciatica before? I realize every case is a little different, as this injury is very widespread in terms of what causes it, symptoms and steps to recovery. As of now, I'm at a plateau; I'll have good days when I think it's getting better, and bad days when I think I should be back on my pain medication. It's driving me nuts. I've tried looking up different stretches/exercises to help with the issue but none are getting any results. Does anyone have any ideas?
And on a side note (which I think anyone who has had an injury can relate to :P), because of the lack of physical activity I've been gaining a lot of unhealthy weight. Any ideas on how to deal with it?
Thanks so much guys! I feel for those who've had to deal with long term injuries before, it's not fun :P