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New to the forums - sciatica advice?
I've just discovered these forums and finding a lot of people who are suffering, as I am. While I am enjoying and learning by reading through the threads, I thought it may also benefit me to ask for advice for my own situation as it's becoming increasingly bad.
A few years back I had back trouble with associated (mild) sciatica symptoms that I basically got through with exercise and help from a physio. Then, last year I had heart problems which gave me a rather stressful year resulting in last December with the sciatica symptoms returning.
I have constant throbbing pain in my left calf and ankle and lower back. Exercise, stretching and walking relieves it to some extent. Painkillers (inc. co-codemol from the pharmacist) really have zero effect). But it's sitting that is the real major problem , even with me being posture aware, a minute after sitting I get extreme pain in my rear left thigh and my calf / ankle and foot feel like they are going to explode, thats the only way I can describe it, like they are expanding and going rock solid. Standing up and walking reduces it quite quickly.
But it's also having knock on effects, so the situation is generally getting worse. I'm finding it harder and harder to sleep do to the leg pain and occasional cramps, this post which should have taken 5 mins to write has taken 20 as I keep getting up to walk around. I can't sit on a bus or in a car for long at all. I'm walking "funny" which causes pain elsewhere (if it's not one thing... it's another eh?!) and as I'm sure you can imagine, I am not a pleasure to be around. Luckily I am self employed but I do feel for my poor partner. It's been a crap year and this is just the latest straw
I haven't yet been to my GP, even though this has been progressing for 3 months now. Should I go? I've always found - and been told - they can't really do that much to help. Should I be looking into other painkillers and if so, what? Is this likely to just go away (last time it did, eventually but it was literally a tenth of what I am suffering now)?
Anyway, hello to you all. I realise I'm probably at the lucky end of the pain metre, compared to many of you, but any advice you can give is more that welcome as, quite honestly, life sucks right now