The pain would come and go every now and then and being young and stupid I chose to ignore it.
My GP prescribed me strong painkiller drugs to mask the pain, a standard response from the healthcare system!
And the physio suggested that I was imagining it! They said, if anything, I probably just had tight hamstrings and not sciatic pain from the early stages of a disc herniation!
I sometimes wonder how different my life might have been if I had discovered foundation training at this point. I am fairly certain that I would not have experienced years of pain before eventually having spinal surgery.
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