A friend just returned from a safari in South Africa. She told me that although she had heard wonderful reports of similar trips from others, she never appreciated their stories until she experienced it herself. I feel the same way about sciatica. Until you experience the debilitating pain it brings, you can't imagine how it feels.
I'm usually pretty tolerant of pain, coming off pain killers after surgery sooner than most, for example. But sciatica was only a word to me until yesterday when I felt pain unlike any I'd had before. Gnawing deep pain, radiating from my lower back down the back of my leg. Unstoppable with Ibruprofen or Tylenol, waking me in the middle of the night several times.
Today I tried denial, my usual tactic when I'm not feeling well, but I was not able to tame this monster. So tomorrow I'm going to start dealing with the health care system.
What a pain.