So it's 4:34 and I've been awake sine 3:20 am with the pain in my leg . I've had sciatica for nearly 12 months I have been given cocktails of pain relief and had a nerve root block but that didn't work. I'm now on the list for an operation which I really wanted to avoid . My disc is prolapsed and is pinching my sciatic nerve and it appears that unless I have the operation this pain is here to stay. I am 30 years old and can't believe how this condition can make you feel . I've been in and out of work but due to financial commitments I am unable to stay at home. It's become normal to be awake at ridiculous times and the pain in my leg is with my every moment of the day ! So frustrating when I heard of people in the past saying "I've got sciatica " I didn't think it was that bad just a bit of back pain. I think the hardest part to get my head around was why does my leg hurt and not my back ! So the hospital that are supposed to be treating me are a joke , it took from last April until July to view my MRI scan , I ended up in A & E then they requested my scan imaging in July. I finally had a nerve block in September which didn't work then my MRI scan ran out they took that long to deal with me .so off I went again for another MRI scan 9 months later to be told I'm on the good old waiting list . Really why does NHS take so long well that's my grumble over and I hope to be seen in the next few months fingers crossed .