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Hello everyone,
I am new to the forum, I am sure there is a post somewhere about this but I would just like some more advice.

I am a 20 yr. old female with no known health conditions except for severe (almost crippling) back pain.
This pain has been going on for over 4 months and seems to be getting worse.
I have gone to the doctors where she decided to treat it as sciatica, as I have been having pain in both my legs down to my knees along with weakness and tingling.
The doc prescribed an anti-inflammatory and steroid and it did not help!
I ended up actually in the ER because my legs were so weak, they performed and urinalysis, ultrasound, and MRI (without contrast) and everything was "normal" .
Long story short they told me it is probably sciatica and it will go away in a couple of weeks, prescribed me a pain reliever and a muscle relaxant and sent me on my way.

At this point, I feel as though my back is not strong enough to bear my upper body. It is so hard to stand up or get out of bed because of the pain, and when I do stand up I feel a lot of pressure on my hips and lower back. This pain in my back is sharp where as the pain in my legs is dull and achy.

Please if anyone has experience this and knows if I should continue to seek help from my doctor
or is it just "sciatica" and do I need to deal with this and wait it out (again it has been longer than 4 months).

Thank you everyone,


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  • Hi Suzanne
    Has any doctor ordered an MRI of your lumbar spine?

    I would think that it would be in order to diagnose your spinal condition.

    I have had that pain in the past and it's something that no one can have a clue how horrible it is unless they have experienced it. I do hope and pray that you get relief soon.

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