Patient : Hello, I am currently a 22 year old male about to suffer from an anxiety attack over this.
It all started around 3 - 4 weeks ago. I was weight lifting, everything seemed fine, and there was no immediate pain or anything. Over time, however, I noticed that my lower back got more and more tense and stiff. This ONLY happens after prolonged periods of walking at night, never in the morning or afternoon. Then I noticed in certain positions, I got this small electric shock pain in my left glute. I'd like to note, this pain was not constant. It only happened in certain positions. After a few days, it went away.
But the thing is, the lower back issue is still there. I don't know if I'm getting better or worse to be honest. Like, how can I put this, I was walking around the mall yesterday and felt my lumbar area stiffen up. After a few minutes, it stopped and was fine. Today, I was walking around the same mall, no pain at all. It is really random.
As for the typical sciatica symptoms, to be honest I don't know if it's due to anxiety or sciatica itself. For instance, I feel that my calf muscle is tense, and I can "feel" my calf contract when walking. There is no pain or burning sensations, just mild discomfort. I notice that blood tends to be flowing at a much more noticable rate to my left leg rather than my right.
To clarify, I took the liberty of:
1 - Doing "calf raises" with each feet individually. I can do both with no pain at all, just the muscle tensing up.
2 - Walking accross the room on my toes, again, no pain
3 - Walking on my heels (lifting my big toe) on each foot - no pain
4 - Doing the "Straight leg test" the pain was not reproduced
But I still feel this random, dull, minor (and I really mean minor) pains in my left leg, and sometimes in my right. The pain doesn't follow a specific path, it's super random. Sometimes, these pains are reproduced in my right leg as well! Like, 5 minutes ago, I felt this shock in my right glute!
I'm scared I herniated a disc, and am also scared I'm suffering from hypochondria. I've seen three medical professionals, one of which I went to twice, and they all told me I pulled my Spinae Erector Muscles as "Sciatica pains are constant, not pulsating."
I just need more opinions on this. Please help?
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