Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum but not new to the pain we all share. A little history: I had my first experience with sciatica in August 2010. I had a backache one day but nothing too terrible. I went to bed and woke up with agonizing pain in my butt and down my left leg. I had a friend drive me to the er and I was diagnosed with sciatica. I was working as an inventory manager in a big box store. I was on my feet 8 hours a day on a cement floor with some lifting and climbing ladders. I was fired from this job in December 2011 for unexcused absences because of the constant flare-ups of pain.
I've had several flare-ups since the first time. I've had xrays and a CT scan and was diagnosed with arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis and degenarative disc disease. Sciatica came back with a vengeance about a week and a half ago. Went to the doctor 2 days ago and I have no reflexes in my left foot. She prescribed ibuprofen 800mg, Flexeril and the prednisone med pack. Which I will start today, but I'm kind of freaked out about the side effects.
I'm 60 years old and I live alone. Whenever I have to walk to the kitchen, bathroom, etc. the pain is unbearable. I bought a cane which helps, and walking in the stores was horrible. But, I had no choice, had to get my meds and some other things.
So, finally my question! I've read and heard that walking is good for sciatica, but it's so painful. Should I avoid walking as much as possible, or keep going and hope it helps?