The first time I noticed something was wrong, I didn’t think much of it. Walking home from the gym in February 2019, I noticed an electric shock-like pain shooting down my leg when I turned to my left. I thought it was strange but as an ameteur Roller Derby player, pain is par for the course. Over time however, the situation did not improve. While I was still able to run, walk, lift, skate, etc, that shooting pain developed into something more consistent; a low hum of agony relieved only slightly by daily stretching and painkillers. I finally went to the doctor who referred me for an MRI. What returned was what I had suspected through my own research. The cause of the pain was a ruptured disk in my lumbar spine (L4-L5) that was impinging on my spinal cord, causing pain to erupt along the sciatic nerve which runs down your leg. The prescribed treatment for this kind of injury is pain management, physiotherapy and patience. It’s one of those injuries that so many people experience, but few understand how debilitating it can be.
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