First off, I'm a 25 year old male. Working full time in an office environment, so I sit at a computer desk all day. I'm not very active but I am most certainly not overweight at all (6ft - 170 lbs). About 8 days ago I started feeling a slight pain in my upper right buttocks / hip area. Felt like a deep muscle pain in the region so I figured soft and easy stretching would help. No dice. One day number 3-4, the pain tripled out of nowhere. It has moved from just the butt/hip area to now also the back of my thigh. Day 4 was a Monday and I called out of work because when I went to sit in my car to start driving I was almost sent to tears the pain was so bad. The next day I toughed it out and drove in (45 min commute) and it was a living nightmare. Sitting in a chair upright, going from sitting to standing, getting in and out of my car and especially driving create moments of unbearable pain. The weird thing is that I can walk around with almost no pain whatsoever. While I'm not at work I don't think I've sat down on a couch just to avoid the pain of doing it. As long as I keep moving and don't let the area go stagnant, it doesn't hurt. So I have a few questions for the people on these forums with experience dealing with Sciatica. First, does this sound like its an issue from a pinched nerve from a herniated disk? Whats the difference from that and Sciatica. I've read a bit of the Sciatica forums and it seems a lot of people experience pain for many many months before anything gets better. I literally can't imagine that, and I consider myself to have a high tolerance for pain. I plan to see a Dr within the next few days, but does anyone have advice for how to combat the pain? Does heat/ice work better; should I try Icy Hot? Is stretching a waste of time? Should I ride the bike at the gym / walk on treadmill if i can do it pain-free? Any advice would be great. I pray this is not the start of something I will be dealing with for an extended period of time !!