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Sciatica for 2 years, poor posture, not doing what PT says ...

That about sums up me. I recently started feeling the sciatica on my left side buttcheek, which made me wonder if I had herniated a disc on the left side now too. That thought scares me.

I finally changed out my office chair for a sturdy wooden chair with a cushion on it. It feels better but, maybe not? I don't know. I'm fearful I'll never be through with this sciatica. That, even if I did all the physical therapy in the world, I would still be dogged by this pain.

I've already tried to call my physical therapist but they weren't open on Saturdays. I guess I'll try back on Monday.

A big problem is I'm turning 26 in about two weeks and will no longer qualify for my parents' insurance. I can't get a job in this economy (and in the field that I majored in, graphic design. It's very competitive), so I don't know how I'm going to pay the medical bills. Ugh.

I'm stressed. Does anyone have any suggestions/ words of advice?


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    If you aren't going to follow the recommendations of the physical therapist, how do you expect to get better? Sciatica flares up and usually disappears on it's own over some days, weeks or even months, but if you are continuing doing things that are worsening it, how do you expect it to get better?
    Sciatica is not the same thing as a herniation......just so you know. Sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, having nothing to do with a herniation.
    It might be worthwhile seeing a physical medicine and rehab doctor if it is not improving but be prepared to follow their instructions or you will continue to make it worse.
  • the inflamed nerve can be caused by a herniated disc, been dealing with it long enough to know, unfortunately
  • doctor doing the exam a fairly accurate result when it comes to whether or not there is a herniation in a disc......not all sciatica flares are related to herniations and not all herniations cause a flare of sciatica.....
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