Numbness 8 weeks after sciatica?
Hello- wondering if anyone can tell me if this is normal. 8 weeks ago I had a bout of sciatica, only my second experience with that, but a terrible one as I felt a click in my lower back and lost all strength in my legs. I fell to the floor and could not get up, I had to be taken to the emergency room. I was in extreme pain, probably an 8 out of 10 scale.
For the next week I could barely walk. I stayed home from work, and had pronounced weakness in my right leg. I could not bear my full weight on that leg, and I had a large area of completely numb skin.
After 3 weeks of dealing with lower back pain and essentially being partially paralyzed in my right leg, I took the advice of friends who suggested that exercise would help more than sitting around, and I started going to the gym.
I've been focusing on doing core strengthening exercises, overall body strengthening exercise, and some cardio. I've seen my lower back pain decrease to where on some days it doesn't hurt at all, and I've regained probably 90% use of my right leg.
However, I still have a large patch of skin that is goes between being numb and feeling pain that isn't there. It starts in my inner thigh about halfway down and extends to a few inches below my knee on my inner calf, and wraps around to my knee.
Have other people that have had sciatica experienced this? I don't have a lot of money and I know it seems foolish to not go back to the doctor but during my initial bout I saw an ER doctor, a chiropractor and a general practitioner who all said it was sciatica (no x-rays) and told me to just take it easy for a while. Seeing the three doctors pretty much wiped out my savings, and none of them did me any good. The ER doctor suggested an MRI but I don't have the money for that.
Any advice about what I might be experiencing with the numbness would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.