I hurt my back picking up something heavy and now can only walk around slow but not a lot of pain only some tingling sensation on right calf talked to people they said there sciatica took2 to 3months to get better but I just don't know what to think at this point
Disc herniation? A recent MRI still shows my neck as the same as the time of the accident; that makes ~22 years and counting. It is noisy (C6-C7) and restricts neck movement. When inflamed the lateral nerves get compressed I get endless twitching muscle spasms in my upper arms. I just think how lucky I am not to be a quadraplegic.
Returning your back to good health can take anywhere from a couple of months to never. A lot depends on whether you've had back problems previously or are still aggravating an existing injury - even if it's the first time. You sound like you may be fortunate in that this is your first significant injury. My current back problems began exactly like yours - trying to lift something too heavy. I let it heal, or so I thought, but it began to recur maybe once or twice a year, then it set in permanently several years later with additional damage going on 9 years now.
A lot of people have a painful back injury at least once during their life. Yours does sound like a "mild" case of sciatica based on your brief description.You likely have a pinched nerve root, possibly two root nerve roots, that is creating your discomfort, but you can make yourself right again. If you had severe sciatica, you probably wouldn't be able to walk in the near term.
I didn't do what I'm about to recommend. See your doctor or a good physiotherapist asap, explain the problem and ask for treatment - specific exercises, drugs if you need them for pain and muscle relaxing, and be good to your back. There's nothing wrong with giving it plenty of time to heal properly. And as for lifting heavy items in the future, I'd suggest using correct posture for the lift or better yet, get someone to help you. I'd like to say never lift anything heavy again, but that's a pretty big ask. You may not believe it, but how well you let your back heal now could affect you for the rest of your life if you try to do too much too soon. If you need time off from work to heal well, ask your doctor for a letter explaining your injury (and also ask for an X-ray or CT scan so a professional can see what s/he and you are dealing with. Good luck.
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