I have pain and stiffness from my neck and shoulders down the left side from my lower back down to my ankle and foot. If i walk for a short time I have trouble lifting my foot off the floor and bending my knee is painful
if i bend down i feel the back of my left leg from my thigh down to behind my knee stiff. after i sit down for 15 to 20 minutes I feel fine and am able to walk agian until it strts all over agian
If I carry something heavy my whole left side drags. If i push a lawn mower my left leg wants to drag on the floor.
You are almost certainly getting Sciatic, or perhaps Femoral nerve impingement.
Please do two tests for me: first go to C-H, look for the Search this site function and do the Slump Test. Let me know what the result is.
Secondly, go to this page ( http://youtu.be/gV-cdz8B18E ) and do the tests described in the video: very specific, which muscle is weak, preventing you from lifting your leg.
Pain with walking, relief sitting down, demands two answers: Could you have a condition called Intermittent Claudication? Secondly do have a short leg, or "leg length inequality"? Again use the Search this Site function to learn about these two conditions.
Let me have the results, and we then can take if further.
Lastly, start the lumbar facet exercises at the "Lower back exercises" at C-H (see in the navigation bar on the left).
Dr. Barrie Lewis