Sciatica possibly?

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Hello all. At about the age of 20, I started to develop lower back pain. Nothing serious and barely noticeable. However, it has consistently gotten worse. Now at 22, I have episodes where the back pain is okay, but other times it feels like a pinched nerve. It's hard to get out of bed etc. this issue is a bit different though. I ride show horses & ride my rope horse. I was riding one day & went to swing my leg over the saddle and my leg suddenly felt weak. Not awfully weak, but I had to remove my boot from the stirrup and get on the horse again. I had the usual soreness after riding, & noticed a sharp pain from the outside/inner portion of my thigh, into the side and back of knee only on left side. It has consistently gotten worse & now can be felt into my ankle & right above my on the back. It improves with walking & lying straight or on my side. However, getting up, bending over to put on my shoes, putting pants on, and sitting hurt. Only on the left side though. This has never happened & im wondering if any of you had similar issues with sciatica? I haven't formerly been diagnosed as the pain has been somewhat manageable with walking and some stretching.. But now that it's getting worse, I am considering a dr. Visit. Sorry for the long post btw! I felt that the details would help! 

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    In my hockey-playing days (if I can remember that far back), I'd go out skating (ice and roller) without full padding and sometimes fall on my hip.  On occasion, this would cause me to have sciatica where I couldn't get out of bed the next morning and literally roll of the bed onto the floor before I could stand up.  Pain would go from my lower back down my leg.  Went to a chiropractor who did their famous "pretzel-twist" maneuver on me.  Cured in 5 seconds.  I have also had sciatica from other causes over my life, all of which were corrected by chiropractic care anywhere from one day to several weeks.

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    Hi, you are young and possibly since you live in the UK you've been brought up to ignore pain, the "stiff upper lip"syndrome. Which can lead to becoming really badly debilitated by ignoring the body's way of telling you that something is wrong. The body doesn't send us signals for nothing. The Scaitic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and it can cause havoc in anybody's life, no matter what your age. You could have Stenosis, which is the narrowing of the canal it runs through, you could have a damaged Disc, Herniated or there are several issues which could be going on. You must consult an Orthopedist get an MRI Scan an dhave the root of the pain discovered. Don't be put off with medications which are bad for the kidneys, liver and your life, and overall health. Although they might help for a short while they don't cure anything. Cortisone, makes you fat and is really bad for long term health!. You need a diagnosis. Perhaps you have postural vices, Pilates, and Yoga help in curing Sciatica issues. Sciatica isn't an illness. It's being badly treated so that when it inflames those symptoms happen. Exercises will cure the pain in 90% of the cases, but  GP's in general normally aren't sympathetic. Go, do go! To a specialist as it can be dangerous to ignore. Don't want to end up in a wheelchair, do we? 

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      By the way, I ignored my pain for one year , carried heavy suitcases, walked miles and miles. Ignored the pain that wasn't so bad at first. Got home , unpacked and now can't walk without a walking stick.Dreadful pain in groin running down right leg to knee. Leg gives way when I put weight on it , no always but once in a while.  I love travel, adventure, trekking and was dating a fellow in London, I live in Brazil. My life has been taken away from me, so as I said. Don't do what I did! So, I'm sorry about what you're suffering but as I say. YES! Go to doc. 

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    Thank you all for your kind responses! Shockingly, the pain went away, but now is back worse than before. To the point where I can feel it even when laying down. It doesn't hurt but it noticeable. My lab just had puppies & being up and down with her on the floor I think has considerably made it worse. I found a video online that showed a test that some doctors perform when diagnosing sciatica. You sit up and stick your leg out with your toes pointed towards the ceiling & tilt your chin towards chest- did with both legs, right leg felt nothing, left leg- immediately felt pain in side of hip and pain in leg. I can barely reposition myself in bed as well. Regarding Doctor- I have to be careful as to where and why I go to doctor. My insurance only covers catastrophic (cancer, heart attack etc.) so I'm unsure if it would cover..  My great uncle was a physical therapist, but sadly passed a few years back. It's strange.. I can get on my tip toes of my left leg etc. but going to sit, tie my shoes, etc. feels like torture. And it's my ENTIRE leg & into my hip.. The more I think about it though, I played softball and volleyball through high school & always slid and dive rolled on my left side.. That could explain a lot! Being 22 with so many problems physically is awful. My dad, brother, sister, and I all have some sort of lower back/leg issue. I'm the only one that can run normally. Sorry for the ramble. Up with 1 day old lab pups and pain! 

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