Sciatica on L5/S1 with excruciating pain!
I am 32 years old female, I was diagnosed with DDD and experienced sciatica briefly 8 years ago. I had an MRI and it showed a 11-12 mm protruding disk on L5/S1. I went to physical therapy, lost weight and had much improvement. Since two weeks ago I started getting the tiggling and numbness down my leg and it has got progessively worse to the point where I can not walk and am bedridden. I am in excruciating pain. I just applied for insurance and am doing the waiting game. I know it's my sciatica that is acting up. I am taking NSAID's, vicoden, and zanaflex. I am literally waiting fir the nerve to calm down. My sciatic nerve on my left side is causing me to limp and drag my feet. Sleeping is very hard since I can't find a position to find comfort and relieve the nerve from pinching. I really dont know what to do. I have started by cutting out sugar, drinking more water, and taking it easy. I think I will go see a neurosurgeon for a consult and pay out of pocket until I get the insurance. Any advice on what steps I should take in specific order. I might have to get surgery and I am so scared. Anyone, please help me with advice. Thank you so much!