Hello, this is my first post. I have been reading this forum for a few days and certainly feel that I am not as unfortunate as many here are with my journey. I just wanted to see if anyone had something to offer on my situation. I have severe sciatic pain radiating from my left hip down to my calf for 3 weeks. I am unable to work. I am a dental hygienist and I can either sit or stand to do my job and I can do neither at this point. The only position I am comfortable is sitting with my legs straight out or lying down. I cannot walk with limping within 10 min. of getting up. The pain first started about 6 weeks ago. I was seeing my regular chiropractor for what I thought was a tight IT band and doing stretches, yoga, walking to work it out. I am relatively healthy, I am 54 Y.O. female, I work out about 3 days a week , about 15 lbs overweight . The journey begins with an episode of severe pain at work where I could not drive home. My hubby drove me to chiropractor and he ordered an MRI. I was in excruciating pain and went to an orthopedic surgeon with the MRI 2 days later and he diagnosed sciatica and gave me a Medrol dose pack and tramadol .. By the 3rd day I felt slightly better and could sit without pain. I went back to work and the minute I sat in my chair the pain started up again and I had to leave immediately. The pain became unbearable and I called the orthopedic surgeon and he ordered a LESI . I did that last Friday and it did nothing. I am taking tramadol about 2 or 3 times a day. I don't hurt if I don't get up! If I get up to walk or sit I am in pain. I have an appointment tomorrow morning with a neurologist. The MRI did not show anything obviously wrong with my back. I have normal degeneration. I cannot just sit and wait for this to go away. I have to work and as of now I am not getting paid! I love my job and hate to think that I can't do it anymore . But there are not many jobs where you can lay down to work!
Any insight to my problem would be helpful!