When you became aware of sciatica, did it come on full bore, or did it start out slow? I have DDD and arthritis in my spine. A few weeks ago, I started noticing a pain slightly between my wallet and spine. I thought it was a hip socket problem, like the ball and socket were loose until I realized that is more to the front.
My guess is my sciatic nerve is being pinched from a crumbling back. I am a frustrated 50 year old man trying to learn how to live with DDD, and now whatever this is.