Hi, my girlfriend has been suffering from sciatic pain for about 6 weeks now. She is 26 years old and has a history of back pain. When she first injured herself she was laid up in bed for about a week with some back pain but intense pain in her left calf. The doctor diagnosed her as having an inflamed L7 disc that was pushing up on her nerve (i think that's what it was).
After about a week she had was able to stand and walk for short periods without pain, but she was still unable to sit. After about a week of walking she re-injured herself (she believes it was a short car ride in a small car where she had to sit) and was only able to lie on the ground for another week.
From that incident she was laid up again for about a week and a half. She slowly tried to incorporate walking again. She was able to, but with some weakness in her leg.
She was mobile again for about another week until last night where she was struck by intense back pain and leg pain that ran all the way from the foot to her glut.
The pain is so intense that the 2 vicodin she took was only enough to dull it slightly. After a few hours she the pain subsided and she tried to turn over onto her back, but the pain returned more intensely. She is now on her stomach on some pillows afraid to move. We have been icing it and currently there is only stiffness in her back.
Has anyone experienced this? Has anyone had pain flair up out of the blue? Mostly she doesn't know what caused her to regress and she's afraid to do anything else that might cause more harm.
Thanks for listening