My story starts about 3 years ago. I had been working as a mechanic and was experiencing severe pain while trying to lift huge Escalade rims to mount them.
Well, the next day I couldn't walk and my leg would not move. I was scared that I had paralyzed myself. The next day, I could get out of bed for once and actually eat something.
I had went to the hospital to see what was going on. They said it was sciatica and would go away in a few months. I asked them what to do until then, because I obviously couldn't work if I couldn't walk. They told me just ice it up and take as much ibuprofen as I am able to. I could not believe this. They refused to give me any kind of painkillers and sent me home with prednisone, which almost made me enter a state of extreme panic due to the horrible side effects I get when I take it.
Anyway, here I am 3 years later. I really can't work strenuous jobs like I was working before, which is no good. I have a baby on the way in November. I'm also in the process of my band being signed to a major label and I just don't know how I'm going to be able to tour and perform.
But, I have begun taking Aleve and they seem to work pretty well. Alot better then those piece of crap ibuprofen, which I used to take about 6 at a time just to take the edge off of the pain.
I also find that stretching under a hot shower will alleviate some pain and stretch out my sciatic nerve. It helps to know that I'm not alone in this struggle in my life and the uncertainty it brings.