Hi , my name is andrea. I am 33 years old . I am very new to this kind of pain although I broke my back several years ago and get muscle spasms in my lower back and it is painful and uncomfortable but nothing like what I did this time. Right now I am lying on my stomach with ice on my back because it is the only position I am comfortable in. On June 19th 2015 I was walking out the front door to go to work and tripped over my cat and landed on my right side on our cement stairs, once I was able to get up, I shook it off and headed to work. I was very uncomfortable all day and found it worse when I sat in my car or at work to chart-I am a nurse so I am usually on my feet most of the time or I probably wouldn't have made it through the day. Well I came home and that night while trying to get comfortable to fall asleep-it just wasn't happening-i was in excruciating pain on my whole left side -it felt kind of like a huge Charlie horse and the more I moved to try and get comfortable the more it hurt-it made no sense. I literally crawled up our stairs crying because of the pain and dug out old Oxycodone prescription and flexeril that I had for my muscle spasms that I get very couple of years. Keep in mind i have a very high tolerance for pain. I was able to get comfortable for about an hour on my stomach until it started again. I then crawled back upstairs to take more meds-this went on all night until I couldn't take it anymore and I got in my car-which was very painful to sit and drove my self to the emergency room because I had no idea what was going on-that's when they told me it was my sciatic nerve and gave me a prescription for flexeril and 12 oxycodone and said that I would need an MRI done but that they don't do it in the ER. Well I very easily took all my medications over the weekend and called the doc Monday morning to get an MRI and hopefully get my prescriptions refilled. When I got to the doc he told me I need X-rays not an MRI and refused to give me an MRI. He also would only give me flexeril and anti inflammatory pills-nothing for the pain? What kind of pills work? Is there anything for nerves? And of course the X-rays came back normal because it is not in my bones.oh he also gave me a referral to pt.which I will be going this Wednesday-just hope my insurance covers it. I still have not had an MRI but after reading all the posts on this site I know it is what I have. The soonest they can get me into the doc for an MRI is July 7th and I can't wait to know what is going on.after about a week of severe constant pain it settled down to a tolerable pain and only intolerable occasionally but that is when I noticed my big toe and inside of my foot are numb and most of the pain is in my buttocks and calf/ankle area and foot and the numbness is constant. I wanted to share what I am experimenting because it helped me to be able to read others post and try and see what works and what doesn't. i know my friends and family are getting tired of hearing about this but it is what i am constantly thinking about and feeling. my fiance even asked me how long i planned to play this one out-its like no one understands.there is nothing to play out and i really hate taking medication but when you are in pain you will try anything even if it is to get one night of sleep which i havent since this happened.if anyone has ANY advise or questions please share I will try anything as long as its not surgery-would like to avoid that at all cost. And one more question-I am lucky I have had the last week off of work but do I need to a note saying that I am on light duty? Should I only be lifting so much weight-what kind of restrictions should i be on to help this heal the fastest? Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this.