Hello All. Not new to the forum here, but have been absent, sporadic since my surgery in August 2018.
My story was one of determination and success. I took my recovery very serious by maintaining a healthy weight, doing my post-surgery exercises religiously, maintaining a strong core and otherwise keeping fit in a safe fashion by doing body weight-only exercises. The only thing which changed recently was that I pushed my 3.5 mile daily walks to 5.5 miles. I was a model of health, and was living a pain free life.
That ended last week when a dull pain began to develop in my outer left hip (side of surgery). After a few days the pain migrated into my outer calf (so basically following the L4/5 path). The pain if manageable through the waking hours, but becomes pretty lousy at night, and of course when I lay down for sleep. Presently I am not feeling the pins and needles and electo current, just dull, nasty pain.
Over the last year I did start to notice that when I was doing bridges for core development, my calf and hamstring would sometimes spasm until I released the bridge hold. This feeling was never present during long walks or anytime else, but now I wonder if there is some connection between that and my current issue.
Right now the pain responds well to walking, so I'm not living in the hell I was in 2 years ago, but my question to the forum is this?.....if I am having problems with the same level that I was operated on, what does that mean for me in terms of getting healed from my current issue? I never wish to go under the knife again, and I could tolerate and live well enough with flare-ups, but I'm just not sure what to expect moving forward.
If this continues for another 3 weeks I will seek and MRI, but was wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom from experience.