In the last two years I have developed crippling Sciatica. At first I thought it was my work shoes, so I switched to Dansko brand instead of wearing flats or tennies. The switch helped for a little while, maybe three weeks, but the pain would still show up towards the end of a 5hr shift, not to mention the 12hr shifts, and now the shoes make no difference. I thought morning stretches and yoga might help it, but after trying that for 6 months I can comfortably say the stretches did not help. About three months ago I talked to my doctor about it, she was dismissive and said that physical therapy would fix it in two weeks and I must not have been doing the correct exercises. She forgot to give me a referral for PT, then didn't reply to my phone message asking again about the referral.
I'm 24, I've been waitressing/hosting/bartending for the last 4 years. Before that I worked for a landscape/tree removal business running heavy equipment and hand loading fallen trees. My back and core are strong and I've never had a serious injury besides a few broken toes, nose, and fractured arm. I fell and jammed my tailbone twice when I was young as well.
After reading all the information on this site from top to bottom, I'm terrified of what the underlying issue could be, and I feel like my doctor probably has little experience dealing with sciatica considering she thought general PT was the cure-all. Several articles said that sciatica usually will go away on its own after a few weeks, but I've had it for two years. Could there possibly be damage flaring up from a spinal tap I had when I was 5? Is that even possible after 20 yrs? I don't know what to do or where to turn. I'm getting to the point that I can't waitress, the pain has caused me to almost drop $30 plates of food.