Here is the story of my husband's sciatica problems and it doesn't end well. ;(
My husband was once an extremely active man. Like some of you,
he was a military man and for 20 years he scored a perfect 300 on
every PT test. He ran 8 miles a day, he worked out an hour or more
everyday, and he gave PT to his soldiers. He was one of those that
most dreaded to give PT because usually someone ended up puking
before it was over.
He stayed in shape even after retiring from the military at age 38.
He kept his vigorous exercise regime going until that one day. That
day when he decided to walk home after dropping his car off to be
worked on. On his way home, his leg began cramping, getting
worse with every step until he was in severe pain. It lasted a few
day, then went away.
But it came back within a weeks time with pains shooting from his
calf, his hip and to his butt. For a few months, it was a constant pain.
His high tolerance for pain, his stubbornness, and not wanting to take
a day away from work kept him from seeing a dr. until the pain
was so severe he thought he would pass out.
Someone recommended a chiropractor to us. He went a few times,
but nothing stopped the pain and he was in dire need to relieve himself
of the pain. We made an appointment with a back dr. who
examined him and told him he needed sciatica surgery. He scheduled
him for surgery and gave him a script for pain pills.
He had the surgery done and noticed right away that he had no
feeling from the back of his calf down to his foot. This was NOT
present before the surgery. He asked the Dr. about it and his
response was, " You waited too long to have the surgery" and
that it shouldn't be permanent.
It is permanent!
A once extremely athletic and active 42 yr. old man, a man who
ran marathons and did triathlons, had permanent nerve damage
called FOOT DROP.
He did not have this before the surgery,
but it was present immediately afterwards. He must wear a brace
now in order to keep from tripping over his own foot. He can't run
anymore, he has trouble just walking. His leg muscles have atrophied
and his whole life has changed. It was 8 months from the initial pain
while walking home to the time he had surgery. Little did he know
that one day when he was walking home and felt pain would
be the first day of a life changing event.
This is his story.
edit on 30-9-2014 by virraszto because: edited to fix the spacing between sentences.