Suffered with this since late 20's, now late 40's, over time it had eased on the right side with terrible pain when first got it, over years I managed to work and it seemed to almost go away with time, the last three years started to get dull back lower pain and the flare ups would go away after around six weeks, they became more regular with each year, this one has lasted now ten weeks and the sciatica is now on the left side. Its finished beating up my right side and now started on my left. Pain radiates from lower back down the leg to the foot, pins needles in foot up to the leg part. Had mri scan await results but I know its sciatic from symptoms, it seems that most of us either have to live with this nasty pain or spend our lives on pain killers. Exercises do help but they dont make it go away. My worst time is when I get up, hopping around until the pain eases, my husband has to help me dress from waste down as its to painful to bend down to my feet. As the day goes on I can more with more flexibility after walking it eases but it never goes away. I get up 3x in the night to walk up and down at ten minutes a time due to the pain then go back to bed again. this is aweful illness that once got you either have constantly or on and off for years. You could be a lucky one that only gets it for a few weeks and then never gets it again. They say posture helps so trying to retrain myself on this. How many of us sit up to attention in the chair, we relax.