I am in my late 50s & for the last week I have been experiencing terrible sciatica. I have never had a back problem in my life and I have very quickly developed a much greater compassion for anyone that has been dealing with one for any length of time.
I have the typical pain radiating down my leg & numbness around my knee area. The worst pain is right in my butt (and I'm not referring to any of my kids!) It's excruciating to walk more than a few steps. Lying down is also painful, but I'm usually ok sitting if it's not for too long.
I went to my GP & he took the history, did leg raises, etc. and gave me Naproxen & then Valium for bedtime. I also take Tylenol in between the Naproxen. But the pain hasn't really improved much. After the exam he said he didn't think I had a herniated disc & didn't need an MRI at this time. Since I haven't improved greatly with this regimen after 4 days he now wants me to go for PT. I'm just wondering if I should go for PT without having had an MRI first? Is that common? If they don't know exactly what is causing the sciatica how can they know what kind of therapy to do? I asked the nurse if I shouldn't have an MRI first & she said unless I was having leg weakness or bladder problems it wasn't necessary yet.
Just curious if any others have gone to PT without MRI first. Thanks for any input.