I have been suffering from sciatica for around 15 years. Over the last 3 years bouts have become more extreme and closer together. I have always been able to walk but not sit or stand when bad. However my latest bout which started 3 weeks ago has deteriorated quickly. I cannot stand/sit or walk without very severe pain down my left leg into foot.
Exercises physio gave me are aggravating pain. I am currently on naproxen, zydol and co-codamol and still having problems just sleeping because of pain.
I have booked a private MRI for this week just to see what is going on for piece of mind. I am also booking a different osteopath.
Having said all that, I was so pleased to find your forum today. I ask my family to chop my leg off a few times a day and I feel so frustrated that I can only manage 5 mins on my feet before pain becomes too unbearable. I continually feel I am letting my children down as I grew up with dad who had 3 back operations and mum with a 'slipped' disc which dictated everything we did as a family and I do not want the same for my children. Seeing that many, many people are suffering same systems has made me feel a bit more normal and given me some hope.