I've had sciatica and back pain for about 8 months. Up until recently, I felt pain while walking and standing and I was unable to sleep on my back or front. Also, I am unable to do a straight leg raise without pain past 30 degrees. Because of this, my doctor has recommended surgery.
Recently, I felt an improvement. I am now able to walk mostly without pain and sleep on my back. On the down side, my straight leg raise is still with pain past 30 degrees and I still feel tingling in my feet once in a while (especially if I stand for a lengthy period of time).
BTW, I am 26 years old and I don't need pain medication.
According to the doctor, I have a small herniated disc between L4-L5 and a medium sized one between L5-S1.