I woke up two mornings ago with a burning pain down my leg. It started as a charlie horse, went into my foot where stabbing pain joined in and then locked my hip. For seven hours I was in brutal pain. When I got up I could barley walk. Thinking that it was just a charlie horse I decided to breath past the pain and go to do some interviews. I walked a grueling 8 blocks and managed to do so without crying. After I was through, I came back those 8 blocks and now I was almost crippled. I managed to finally get some sleep and woke to review a show. Thankfully the star was sick as by now I could hardly walk. It wasn’t until the next day when I called on a friend for rescue, that I learned what was happening to me. Sciatca……going to the hospital was not going to help me, nothing but time, pain medication and trying to walk is going to work.
Sciatica is a medical condition of pain going down the leg from the lower back. This pain may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg. Typically, symptoms are only on one side of the body. Certain causes, however, may result in pain on both sides. Lower back pain is not always present. Weakness or numbness may occur in various parts of the leg and foot.
Other problems may result in sciatica. The test is positive if, when the leg is raised while a person is lying on their back, pain shoots below the knee. In most cases medical imaging is not needed. Exceptions to this are when bowel or bladder function is affected, there is significant loss of feeling or weakness, symptoms are long standing, or there is a concern of a tumor or infection.
Treatment is not helpful. Pain medication wears off in two hours. If the pain is severe and lasts for more than six weeks then surgery is an option however long term benefits are unclear. Depending on how it is defined, 2% to 40% of people have sciatica at some point in time. It is most common during people’s 40s and 50s, and men are more frequently affected than women. Approximately 1 in every 50 people will experience a herniated disk at some point in their life. Of these, 10% to 25% have symptoms that last more than 6 weeks. The condition has been known since ancient times with the first known use of the word sciatica at 1451.
I write this so that others will not be as scared as I am and was. Not knowing what is going on in your body is hard. Your body not moving even worse and being in 24 hours pain is intolerable. In a day and age where we are fighting disease, why are we not fighting this? Sciatca needs to be addressed by the medical community.