I rediscovered this site after forgetting all about it , life etc... But a fast forward to today. As I seen it coming a long time ago, my issues are getting worse and has now gone from being exclusively back pain to every day sciatica. To the point now that every time I get up its a pain that hits me in my left buttock like an electrically charged knife. It's so bad that when this happens it often leaves me laying face down on the floor. The back pain is still there, not debilitating as it was in my last thread some years ago.. that being said the pain in my leg IS debilitating. As it was then it seems now again I've hit another level in my back issues. I'm not entirely sure what to do at this point because its getting harder to work as well as more dangerous(im often on ladders and staging) But carpentry is all I know. I went awhile again without health insurance (same ol story) because of the ature of masshealth, sometimes i dot qualify or forget to get reapproved. I really only think about it when something is seriously wrong like now. So ive ever really had a consistent treatment plan enacted. However, I've been reapproved recently ad plan to see a pcp (primary care physician) soon. I want surgery because I really dont see this going away. This sciatica thing has bee 24/7 for about 2 months now. The problem is theyve always maintained surgery was a bad idea, but I see no other way. Its either surgery or painkillers imo. Because nothing else has ever really helped except the relaxers when I had spasms but this ist a spasm. Hope everyone has a merry christmas btw.