I am Paula, from Texas, and I recently went to work in a retail position but had to quit because for the first time in my life, I was in so much pain on my left leg, that I literally couldn't stand for longer than an hour (and that was with too many otc pain meds. I have recently lost about 100 lbs so felt that I would be great on my feet for at least 7 hrs per day. I have worked for 12 to 15 hrs per day on my feet previously, so it really scared me. My GP said it is sciatica. I have no insurance and am about to apply for disability because I don't know what else to do. I can go to a store, as long as there is a place to sit for a few moments, but I am usually in such severe pain after 10 to 15 minutes, that I have to leave. I need to work so badly, but am now having to look for something where I sit. Could it be a pinched nerve? I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 35 years and have never had any problems with my extremities but am now concerned that it could be neuropathy. No matter what it is, I want it to go away so that I can be productive again. Does anyone have any ideas about what it is? I joined a wonderful gym, go to deep water aerobics once daily where I feel great while in the water, but once I'm out, the pain is still there, but only in my left leg. Help!!