I am a 50 year old female. I had my first pain episode 5 years ago down my left leg. MRI at the time showed slight herniation at L4-L5. PT aggravated the pain. The pain subsided after a few months with only an occaional bout of low back pain. I woke up one morning this January with excrutiating pain shooting down my right leg. Needless to say it scared me. I went to PCP and was given Todardol which resulted in acute stomach pain and no relief. MRI shows large protrusion at L4-L5, moderate protrusion at L5-S1, and lower lumbar facet joint arthopathy. One cortisone injection worked great for about 3 weeks, second one did nothing. I cannot stand for more than 5 minutes, can't walk for more than a couple hundred feet. I can't lie down, sleep is next to impossible: either side or back is unbearable. Sitting in my recliner is really the only way I get any relief. The stabbing pain is in my rear end and front right ankle, aching pain in my right calf and behind my knee, and tingling (more like loud buzzing) feeling has moved from my toes now up into my calf. I limp and have begun to feel like my right foot is dragging. Some days the pain shoots down my leg when I am driving and I have been concerned about safety. Bending over at the waist doesn't bother me either, just standing, walking, and lying down. Is it unusual that I get relief when I sit?