Hi - new to the forum. Starting 7 months ago, I had lower back pain with sciatica down the left glute, with the symptom of not being able to stand for more than a few minutes. I was a very active 30yo (sports/weightlifting) but had to cut back for pain control.
Doctor diagnosed through MRI an L5/S1 disc herniation. After 2 sessions of ESI in October, the sciatica is gone. However, the lower back pain from standing it as bad as ever. If I stand idle for more than 5 minutes (e.g. shower), my lower back gets incredibly stiff/painful and I can't bend enough to get socks on or carry enough weight to pick-up my toddler. That said, sitting relieves the pain in very short order, and symptoms do get better throughout the day, so it has been somewhat manageable. I've even been able to walk for an hour or longer without issue, it's only when standing idle that I experience the pain.
I've been doing PT but it hasn't been improving - although movement does seem to help alleviate the brutal morning pain. Ibuprofen/Tylenol doesn't help.
My symptoms are very similar to eDNA in the closed post here: https://forum.veritashealth.com/discussion/101938/pain/lower-back-pain/diagnosing-lower-back-pain-after-standing-5-10-minutes-not-walking#latest, but the responses weren't particularly satisfying and I'm concerned this is going to turn into a life long issue.
Anyone else here experience those symptoms? Do you have a L5/S1 disc issue? Anything help long-term?