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Not sure which type of sciatica is this

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    Posted: Apr/22/2017 at 5:04pm
Hello, just quick intro here (new on this forum)
I'm 20 years old, ever since I was a teenager I was living so unhealthy lifestyle, eating whatever, sitting over 10 hours a day playing video games, having the worst possible posture. Considering all this I'm not surprised I eventually developed sciatica. It started somewhere after I was 18.

I'll share actually almost the full story here, since I see there is unfortunately a lot of people with at least somewhat similar pain. Maybe I could find someone with similar story? Trying to keep it short

Over year ago, January 2016 I started in the military, it's basically mandatory in my country. Before that I was just finished with high school so I had 4 months of free time. (in this case unlimited video games..). As you can guess the very first day in the military I was in incredibly bad shape, sciatica, weak legs etc. etc. Well the start was tough, but after few months my shape started to improve a lot. Only during the holidays I still kept playing video games 10hours a day as I got home. Which caused really bad sciatic pains when I got back to the military. This was the first time I was even slowly starting to realize this is so wrong, that I'm literally trying to destroy my health.

Well, 5.5 months military service was done. I went straight to job & the pain was less frequent, but still noticeable few times a month. So I finally started to actually understand something is deeply wrong or damaged. Then as I was able to keep sitting more, my posture got back to complete shit etc. the sciatic pain came slowly back almost as hard as before. This is when I first started to change my utterly shit lifestyle and found out I was most likely having sciatica, all info from the internet.

So I wasn't too worried that I had any severe disc problem back when I started living healthy, after all my previous years were so unhealthy that I thought it was normal. Anyway I started slowly working out, doing sports, changing my nutrition, correcting posture, sitting less, taking more breaks to stand up, walking more, streching etc.
And the sciatica started to be less frequent, less painful. This was during the end of 2016. Now 2017 I've barely had any sciatica issues at all, couple months I didn't even remember I ever had this thing. Just 2 times, both I caused myself by doing martial arts kicking without proper warm up, it wasn't even as painful as before & I learnt from it.

But last evening I was playing some football & sat on pc for 2 straight hours, before that I did deadlifting, slightly with too much weight onn. Felt slight stiffness on leg as i usually felt before the real nerve pain started. So I thought it could be something as I kind of slipped with couple of things. So I did some sctreching just before bed, which I now realize was really the incorrect ones. Today I had one of the worst sciatic pain I've ever experienced on my right leg. Or maybe I don't even remember how horrifying torture the nerve pain was. As usual it was real bad for like 4-5hours, was barely able to move then it started to slowly get better and better. Now I feel almost normal..

If anybody read this entire story, I'd like to really thank you for the time.

Now my questions would be something like this:
- Has anybody developed this in similar way ?
- Does this sound as some severe disc problem ? I checked many posts and so on,
many people seem to have it way worse, Which really makes me feel bad,
especially today as I was reminded how painful this ****ing thing is.
- if it's not that severe, could few small things really trigger the nerve this
badly ? After all right now I'm on very good shape, living healthier than almost
anyone else I know
- I was researching and found out, if it's the disc the pain is usually worse
during 20-30s ? Anybody got expirience on this ?
- I always had the pain itself even on the worst times to go about like this:
First one day really hard pain, barely able to move. Or afraid to. Second day, I
could feel it there, but it wouldnt really disturb my moving or daily
activities. Third day, I would feel nothing or it would slowly start the same
cycle on the other side. Then it would again start the same cycle after some
days or weeks (during the absolute worst times)

I know this might not sound as severe as the cases I've been reading today, but I'm starting to be really worried as I'm 20 years old now athletic, low bodyfat, basically trying to fix years of complete destroying. Or could it really just be triggered that badly, because of few small thing stacking up during couple of days?

Well anyway, I decided to finally discover if I have actual severe disc problem or could this just be something that most people with sciatica experience and that I wont have it back as long as I keep doing the right things. I would rather not go to a doctor, because I'd have to go to another town and I find it better to search for best possible sources on the internet first.
Greeting for reading this, thank you so much & strength for anyone with any type of sciatic nerve pain, today reminded me this is really the type of pain you can't even imagine or describe comparing to normal pain.
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Hi,
Welcome to our site,

I am so sorry you are having this problem with nerve pain. To begin, I would like to say that you have done well by recognizing that sitting for hours playing games is not the best for your health.

It is possible that you may have sciatica, and exercise can help alleviate the pain. Exercises and changes in health habits are always a good way to go to stay well, regardless the condition. Not knowing for sure what you have, I can't tell you if that is going to help for any length of time.  It is necessary to know what the problem is to get the right treatment and the right exercises.

I wonder if you could tell us more about your symptoms. Where exactly does it hurt, from where to where. Is the pain sharp, dull, warm?  Have you tried any medication?

 Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on a nerve in the lumbar area (lower back) There can be various causes for that pressure; a herniated disc, spinal stenosis. etc.

I know you said you would prefer not to go to a doctor. Unfortunately that is the only way to find the right diagnosis. You need to have tests taken that will show what the problem is. 

The Internet is good to look only for ideas of what it can be. But people are all different, and their health situation has to be treated individually. Not every one reacts the same to a disease. For that reason the Internet is NEVER, NEVER the best place to go to come up with a diagnosis.

Please come back and let us know how things are going...Edie

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Edie has given you excellent advice.

You mention the word sciatica but haven't fully described your symptoms so it's hard to determine what the pain truly is. The only definitive test to determine if you have nerve impingement is an MRI.

Please let us know what your symptoms feel like, and do seek medical help as you don't want whatever is happening to continue for years to come.

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