my problem began with what was diagnosed as sciatica in july of this year. the greatest pain i experienced was a firelike in the left buttock area
when i sat. when i was walking there was no pain at all. then one day after about a week i noticed the pain had subsided but now my lower leg and knee were numb and when i tried to walk down a few steps i almost fell down and could not go up or down steps without a cane, but there
was no real pain, just the discomfiting numbness in the lower leg and knee. well in a week i was able to do away with the cane but the numbness remains in the lower leg, yet when i walk it seems to go away and sometimes the numbness travels from the lower leg up to the frontal thigh area.
now i could deal with that. what bothers me is the weakness in the hip/buttock muscle area. now stairs are no problem but when i try to do two steps at a time, well i do some and then the hip/buttock area muscles weaken and i must stop. whenever i put a strain on the left hip/buttock area it weakens rather quickly in comparison to the right hip/buttock area which never seems to weaken.
i must mention that i had a broken hip in '01, which after healing, was not a problem, and the firelike pain i felt that began this episode of my life was definitely in the left buttocks area.
oh, and after arising in the morning the numbness in my lower left leg and knee is the most pronounced, so the horizontal posture for that long of a time has something to do with this problem. if i just take a nap there is no noticeable increase in the numbness sensation, i only notice a more pronounced numbness after a night's rest.
thankfully i am not in any pain, just have weakness in the hip/buttocks area and the accompanying numbness in the lower leg and knee.
hoping there i some exercise/therapy that just might help in my case.
thanks for taking the time to read this. any help would be greatly appreciated.
oh, and other than this bit of a struggle i am having, i am a healthy 63 year old, male elderchild;-) thankfully so!