Debilitating Sciatica

I started getting sciatic pain around age 30. At the time, I was an entry-level chef in a very busy upscale restaurant. The pain was so bad I had to grit my teeth together while working to keep from crying out. Then after work, I had a 30-minute drive home, which was awful because I couldn't sit down for longer than a few minutes.

I was forced to quit that job in favor of a retail position closer to home that allowed me to sit as necessary. Within two months of working there, I was walking with the aid of a cane, and I was only 30 years old. Eventually the pain subsided and in the past 7 years, I had on-again/off-again episodes, but nothing terrible.

Recently I had a re-activation of my sciatic nerve pain and for the past two months I have been in agony. I can barely walk and any movement of my right leg causes excruciating pain. Even as I sit here typing this, I am in agony.

I have to take 3 to 4 Motrin PM tablets every night just to fall asleep and I am awake within two hours because of the pain. I cannot lay, sit, stand or walk for any length of time.

My doctor recommends Ibuprofen, which is about as effective as a gumdrop. The best I can hope for is sleeping pills just to give me a little rest at night.

I have been using a homemade heating pack, which is basically uncooked rice and lavender wrapped in cloth, which I heat in the microwave. Then I alternate it with an ice pack. It barely offers relief.

I am ready to opt for the surgical treatment, but I do not have health insurance.

I am a 37 year old man and the quality of my life is not what it should be, because of my sciatic pain. I have two little dogs who like to go for walks and play and I'm sad that it hurts so much to do these things.

Any ideas would be awesome. Thank you.  - Rob

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