This is my first post on this forum but I've read some posts and found that this is a great place. I am female, 21 years old with sciatic pain/numbness in left foot (for a long time now back and forth) and recent severe right thigh and groin flare up. I've been in pain for almost 3 weeks now with nerve flare up for over 2 weeks now. I've had some lower back pain and on/off bending to the left for almost 3 years with with being in and out of physical therapy. My MRI yesterday showed a slight herniation at L3-L4 and a slight-to-moderate herniation at L4-L5, the big thing is an extreme herniation with a free fragment pressing on my nerve at L5-S1. I have an appointment with a spine specialist later this week but appointments are hard to find. I live in the east so I have had many falls due to black ice and snow, and I was hit by a car once and fell on my buttocks 8 months ago, but nothing strange happened afterwards.
I am in school in a rigorous program which requires much sitting down and studying. My program is very tight with no room to move classes around and no breaks longer than 3 weeks. So I'm not sure if I should take some time off. I haven't been attending for a few weeks.
I'm wondering if there's anyone else out there with a similar issue and ways to cope either at home or clinical advise.