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I am new to the board. I am 26 years old, male, overweight (in the process of getting that down), healthy otherwise, fairly active (I teach & coach football for a living). I have had past back issues: When I was 19 I was diagnosed with a bulge in the L5 disc. I had injections done at that time and it really helped, have had SI joint issues also in the past but usually they resolve fairly quickly. A few weeks ago (4) I shuffled in a drill at football practice, my back felt like it gave out, had a shooting pain in my lower left back and was in pretty good pain for about two days. I went to the doctor and was prescribed Mobic & muscle relaxer which really helped the pain. Now I am having this issue, after about a week I began having Sciatica pain down my right leg, mostly the outside of my calf and top of my foot. My back pain is actually pretty limited but am having some stiffness along with a very tender spot to the right of the S1. My regular medical doctor has ordered an MRI and am waiting for insurance to approve (fun fun). Wanted to kind of see what y'all think may be going on if this is disc or si related and how serious do y'all feel this may be. I really would like to avoid surgery if at all possible. The sciatica pain is what is bothering me the most, 300mg gabapentin has helped and sometimes gets it to stop but I really don't want to be on it for the rest of my life. I have read a lot of threads on here and this seems to be a good community to discuss this in so thought I would join.