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I've been reading many of the posts on this site and decided to finally create my own profile.
I'm 26 years old with stinging and burning sciatic pain down my left leg. The only thing that makes it better is if I lie flat face down on my stomach, which almost gives me instant relief. I've been having the sciatic pain for about a year with some numbing in my leg and toes, which I ignored and figured would go away with time. Starting last week, my pain became much worse to the point I can not stand, sit, or walk for very long. I'm alone in life and do not have any family or loved ones to take care of me. I have bills that need to be paid and I have to return to work by next week or else I run the risk of losing everything. I went to the ER when the symptoms first became excruciating which I was then given 600mg of ibuprofen, a muscle relaxant, and lidocaine patches. I was told to just see my GP, but I didn't feel as though they didn't really care about my concern.
I need words of advice, encouragement, and opinions. I know I screwed up not taking care of it sooner. I'm feeling really low and depressed just lying in bed wondering when I'll get better. I really need to return to work asap... what should i do? Please help.