My pain started as a sharp pain in my left buttock area, sometimes but rarely on right. It has progressed over the last year to complete intolerable pain all the way down my leg. The pain is achy and burning and sharp. It is the worst in the morning when I wake up. I cry just trying to go to the bathroom because of where the toilet seat puts pressure on the back of my leg. I can not bend over, sit still long or lift anything. If i reach with my arm it can hurt this pain, if i turn my head a certain way it will get me also, it hurts it to sneeze or cough and sometimes is sensitive to the touch, as If the nerve is just below the surface where I'm touching which is some time's the hip, buttock or right under my buttock. I go to a pain specialist and get meds but they only help a little but are getting less helpful. I've been told my L5 S1 is completely bulging all the way around which explains why i sometimes feel it on the right side, god forbid it gets as bad on that side i can't bare it, i can not bare this! I'm 250 lbs and the doctor at pain specialty keep saying i need to have weight loss surgery which i'm scared of. I have been this weight for 10 years since i had my kids and i read allot of people with sciatic pain aren't over weight at all and i don't want to have a surgery that may not even be the issue. Yes i understand it would improve my health but i want the chance to do that on my own first but i can't do it in this condition. The doctor said it's not sciatic but everyone online that explains sciatic explains very similar symptoms. I tried physical therapy before i got so bad but i always left there with bad kinks in my neck and arms, although now i wish i would have stuck with it! I've tried lower back stretches and core exercises at home but those have left me in more pain in fact i think it's what got me this bad. I just want to know what's the best doctor to see and what i can do to get better? Is this sciatica? The doctor also said i can stretch all day it won't help until i get the weight off. I'm 32 years old i have 2 kids and a mother i care for i can't go on like this. Please any advice is appreciated.