It all started about 9 months ago when I first began to feel a slight pain radiating down my leg from my hip with every step I would take. The pain remained the same up until about a week ago where my leg was in excruciating pain I can no longer walk stand for more than a couple of mins and even then I am in agony. I went to see my GP and as usual they just fobbed me off with some painkillers naproxen and some Movelat gel which neither are releasing any of my pain. I spend most of my day in bed occasionally getting out to walk around for 5 to stop myself seizing up. I get hot baths throughout the day alternate ice patches and hot water bottle which give some relief but not much I use a sciaticalm device that I was recommended I don’t really think this is doing anything. I have tried stretching my leg which usually makes my leg feel worse. I have never had depression but this is making me feel worse and worse everyday. I can hardly sleep on a night this is when I find my pain is at its worst. I am dew to go on holiday tomorrow on a 4 1/2 hour flight which I am sick to the stomach thinking about the pain queing up for long periods and then sitting for a long period on the plane. I am only 18 years old and I now walk with a hunchback and look about 80 it’s embarrassing. Has anyone tried using crutches to get around and does this help? I’ve also previously been to phsyso and had sports massages and this has done nothing. Can anyone also suggest how you can persuade your GP to send you for a MRI as I have also been told that some forms of sciatica eg Piriformis syndrome can be helped with stretching whereas if you have a herniated disc you should avoid stretches and this can aggravate the nerve further.
Any advice would be helpful thanks.