I am a 56 year old female. I am 5'5" tall and weigh 112 lbs. I have been a fitness enthusiast my entire life (have a degree in health and physical education) and I incorporate a lot of core work and flexibility work into my daily routine. On a Saturday morning (the day that my husband and I were boarding a cruise!), I felt a strain-like pain in my lower left back/hip area. The pain became worse, to the point of extreme discomfort. I could see my left quadriceps spasming. I am experiencing same side knee pain/numbness and weakness in my left leg. The pain prevents me from sleeping and there seems to be no position that releases the pain. It increases when I go from sitting to standing. I feel pulling in my left upper leg, when walking. I have never had any pain when working out or going about my very active daily life. On the ship, I received methacarbamol and 800mg Advil. I received two injections (one was a steroid and one was not). I tried a $200 acupuncture treatment....nothing helped. I do not recall doing anything unusual or feeling anything when lifting my luggage. I did crack my same side knee, extremely hard, into the corner of a coffee table, just days prior to the sciatica symptoms. It was extremely painful when I did so. Could that have possibly set something off? I am reading about herniated discs, tumors and ongoing debilitating issues and this is definitely freaking me out. It has been 11 days (and a sad cruise experience : (. I do have an appt with an ortho tomorrow. Just wondering if anyone might be able to reassure me that this isn't going to be a major life-changer. Thank you!