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I am new to this forum but after reading many forum threads the past two weeks decided to finally make a thread.
I have been suffering from moderare scaitic pain in my left hip, right hip, left lower back and left foot for the past 6 weeks. When it first startrd it was intense, took 3 days off of work and after that it was tolerable but still with me. Over the past 7 weeks it has changed in intensity and location often but just won't go away. Over the past 4 weeks I have seen a chiropractor once a week and a physical therapist twice a week. I am now taking gabapetin nos and awaiting approval for a steroid injection. I am having anxiety over this not going away and having to have surgery.
I am 33 and am not new to sciatic pain. I had my first episode 3 years ago which was intense and debilitating, never went away and after 3 months I had a micodiscetomy at the L5/S1 level. The neurosurgeon told me I had DDD at that disc too. Last year I had a scaitic flare up twice, but they were short lived only last a week or two.
I have some optimism this time because the pain is not as intense and is on/off. Last time it was constant and never went away. Still my anxiety about this not going away or getting worse is starting to kick in.
I work a desk job and I have been minimizing sitting. I have equipment that allows me to quickly adjust things so I can easily alternate between sitting and standing. Also I swim every morning for cardio to try and stay active along with PT exercises.
I am so worried if this. Any advice or anyone experience a similar flare up that went away?
Thank you in advance!