Wow--sorry to hear about that. I ruptured a disc in my lower back L4/L5 and had to have surgery to remove it back in 1993. I was a long distance runner and all the pounding messed up my back. Every now and then still, I have sciatic pain that runs down my left leg which makes my leg go numb (strangest feeling). I was put on anti-inflamatories for about 14 days and that cleared it up. I was under my doctor's care so I would suggest seeing a doctor about it or see a specialist for your condition just to be on the safe side. My doctor said that with sciatica, it can come on very quickly but last for months or even a year or so. It sucks! I know! Stretching is important and especially after sitting for a long time. Since I sit at a desk for 9 hrs a day, I HAVE to get up every hour to stretch to keep my back in check. Good luck.