I am a 36 year old mother of two. I have been in pain for the past 6 months. I went to my GP and he diagnosed sciatica. He said I had to get an xray and do 6 weeks of physical therapy before I could get an MRI through my insurance. I am now finding that my ankles and knees seem to be getting bad because of how I am carrying myself due to the scaitca. At the end of the day, both ankles are swollen and painful and I hear a grinding in my right knee, although my sciatica pain is on my left side. I am in CONSTANT pain. I have not found any relief, except for the first week of trying 4 Aleve daily at my doctors advice. Since then, the Aleve seems to dull the pain for a few hours, but by 3pm every day I am in excruciating pain. I find myself yelling at my kids more because I feel so awful which, of course, makes me feel worse. I can't enjoy sex with my husband and sometimes I even refuse or ignore him because I am in so much pain. He is very understanding, but I feel like this pain is taking over every aspect of my life. I am a musician and I have to stand for many hours on stage in high heels. I have a gig tomorrow night for the first time in months and, since the pain has only gotten worse, I'm scared I won't make it through the night. Funny... insurance will cover surgical options but not chiro or massage therapy. I guess I don't have too many questions especially after reading many informative posts on her before joining. Just glad to find a place with others going through what I am.