Been suffering from mild sciatica since at least January 2019. I ran a 56 minute 10K in Feb with slight pain in back which radiated down both hamstrings. Was running through it - oddly it seems / seemed to help as I find walking is more uncomfortable than running?
However, I had a bad incident after a yoga session a week ago last Thursday [so about 10 days ago] when getting up from the floor to go back to work! So not the yoga, but the getting up again! Hobbled back to work with a colleague who was also at the yoga session. Got worse during the afternoon but managed to get home OK.
The following morning was in so much pain I could hardly move, let alone walk. A nurse friend kindly gave me some diazapan which helped a little but didn't take the pain away. Just made me sleepy. Seen an osteopath and my regular sports physio who both said 'sciatica' but suggested that running should be OK as long as I'm gentle with myself but I'm not good at that!
Yesterday, we spent the day in London at a concert where I was up dancing a lot of the time [partly as I liked the band, but partly as my right hip and knee were sore and sitting down did not help]. This morning, I had seized up again - not as bad as first flare-up, [right hip felt very tight and some numbness down right hamstring] but bad enough to take some high-dose ibuprofen. Then seemed to take nearly 3 hours of walking about, stretching and doing yoga session for sciatica before it calmed down.
Been for a gentle stroll in the woods with hubby and the dog this afternoon and still feel sore, but not the pain from this morning.
I stopped running altogether last week. I had a training schedule written up for me, but after discussion with my coach, he suggested that I take May 'off' running altogether and just rest and stretch. Plan is to pick up again in June. Having spent nearly 4 years sorting out a chronic knee problem, I am angry that my body is now letting me down in a different way.
Does anyone run with sciatica, or is it a hopeless cause? Should I just be patient and hope? After a few years of DNS's, it looks like most of my summer 'races / fun runs' are likely to be DNSs again.