I received a job offer with the local fire dept in Sept of last year, contingent on passing a physical agility test (called the CPAT.) I attempted this test in Oct with basically no training (big mistake.) The first event was a 3 minute climb on a stairmaster with 75 lbs. of weight. I couldn't even complete the first event... I had to stop at 2:50. I expected to feel sore the following day, but I also had this pain in my left thigh. I can best describe it as a cramp, but this cramp never really went away. I just ignored it, and I began training to get in shape so I would pass this CPAT on my next try.
The pain persisted, but would seem to lessen when I stretched and ran and worked out. It just seemed like an inconvenience. I eventually purchased a weight vest in mid-Dec to simulate the weight I would be carrying in the CPAT. I practiced climbing a stairmaster and I also made the assumption that "cardio is good, so cardio with weight is better!" I eventually worked up to running a mile with 50 lbs.
Right around the last week of Jan, something new happened. I was taking an entrance test for a different job (the deadline for the CPAT for the fire dept had come and gone... long story), and I was seated for about 2 hours. That pain in my left thigh steadily grew and grew until it was excruciating... I couldn't even sit still for more than a few moments. Once I completed my test, I limped out of the building to my car and drove home. Once home, I realized that I could no longer bend at the waist; my back felt super tense/tight. I stopped all exercise.
So fastforward to present day. The cramp in my leg is always present, but usually very mild, as long as I am lying down or standing/walking. Once I sit for any period longer than 30 mins, (chair/bed/driver's seat) the pain grows as it did in late Jan. Sitting also results in a tingle/pain in my left ankle (and I know I've never directly injured that ankle.)
I would have went to a doctor sooner, but I was only able to get medical insurance a week ago.
The soonest I will be able to see a doctor will be in a week. I just found this website right now and would really appreciate any advice any of you may have.
Thank you all so much!