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 areawhen 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 longer any real pain,
just the discomfiting numbness in the lower leg and knee and weakness in the
well in a week i was able to do away with the cane but the numbness remained
in the lower leg and the weak hip/buttock area was stronger yet still very, very
weak, although today that area has strengthed somewhat. when i walk, it seems
at times the numbness goes away and at other times it seems sometimes the
numbness leaves the lower leg up and travels up to the thigh frontal area.
now i could deal with the numbness but 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 left 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, but again i had no problem with the left side until i experienced that pain.
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
my 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 is 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!