Well first of all, i would like to introduce myself. My name is Michael/mike, 18 (19 in a week) and trainee chef/butcher.
The reason why i have joined this site is because i would like to know what routes i can take with my sciatica? Or just general things i should know in the future?
I have had sciatica for around 4 years (starting when i was 15) but was just thought to be normal growing pains. And then a year later, i realized that the pain was getting more intense so i went to GP and was ordered for x-ray, and this had shown clear. Last year, i had noticed that this pain was getting more and more intense in my left leg to the point it started affecting my studying and walking. So was referred to go physiotherapist, which i have not benefited from at all.
And so earlier this year, it has hit me that the sciatica is now affecting my future career of becoming a chef/butcher because i am absolute agony whenever i stand, the physiotherapist has said that physio is clearly not helping so i have been referred to neurosurgeon in guy's hospital.
The medication i am currently on:
Amitryptaline - To get to sleep (otherwise it takes me 2-3hours to get to sleep because pain is so intense), And for being depressed Muppet, because i feel very restricted in what i can do and it is restricting me from getting a job.
Co-codamol - For pain relief, but doesn't relieve pain 100%
Declofenic sodium - For pain relief, but also doesn't relieve pain.
So what can you suggest i do?