I am a 26 year old athlete with a very active lifestyle. I will do my best to cover the pertinent information in hopes for some guidance. I hurt my back a year ago while at Crossfit. I was told by my chiropractor that my SI joint was way out of alignment. Throughout 2017 I worked construction and worked out at my local crossfit box 5 days a week. I battled with my right si joint, which I thought was the root of the problem, off and on and periodically went to chiro for adjustments to keep pain at bay. The adjustments seemed to be working.
Early in December I stopped working out for a month in hopes that my nagging “SI” pain would resolve itself with some rest. Shortly after New Years I started getting a burning sensation in my left hamstring which led to a nasty case of radiculopathy. I got an MRI and the cause of the sciatic attack was a severely herniated L5 S1 disc with a free fragment which, in essence, is crushing my sciatic nerve. In the week before my MRI I could not sleep, sit, stand and my pain level was a constant 8-9 out of 10. The doctor prescribed me an oral steroid (medrol pack), muscle relaxer (tizanidine), and anti inflammatory (diclofenac), which made a huge difference and allowed me to get some much needed sleep and process the news.
The spinal surgeon is pretty adamant about going into surgery as soon as possible to give my nerve the best chances of healing back to normal. His major concern was my leg weakness and drop foot caused by the compressed nerve. I have never had any epidural injections, I have not tried any physical therapy or any other forms of alternate treatment..
If anyone has shared a similar situation and you would be willing to share some advice I would greatly appreciate it.
All the best,