About a month ago, what I believe to be my sciatic nerve started giving me problems. Whenever I sit or lay down, I get a sharp pain starting in my lower back and shoots down the back of my right leg, which then turns to a dull, throbbing pain in my ankle. Once I get up and start moving around, the pain goes away and I don't have any problems moving or bending, but it's prevented me from relaxing or even getting a decent night's sleep in weeks. The pain is so intense that it wakes me up out of a dead sleep before the sun even starts to come up, and for the first hour or so I'm awake, I walk around like I ran backwards through a corn field with my pants down, so to speak. I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this, or something similar before, and what they did to get some relief. I'm desperate, and could use any help I can get... Some things I've already tried: First, the doctor is out of the question, as I have no health insurance. Nor do I want to go to the emergency room, just to have a doctor give me a prescription for something I can buy o.t.c. for a fraction of the price that isn't going to work anyways, and then have a gigantic bill to deal with. Despite my screen name, I don't take prescription pills for fun/to get high... but in the last month, I've taken more stuff than I have in the past 10 years. Some of the things I've tried are (please forgive the spellings, again, I'm not too familiar with pharmaceutical drugs) Vicodin (big waste of time and money), percocet (kinda helped keep me asleep for a bit longer, but did nothing for the pain), neurotin(from what I've read on medical sites, used to treat nerve pain. It kinda helped for a few hours), as well as various other pain pills, anti-inflamitory pills, muscle relaxers, and even zanex and valliums (I figured, hell, if I'm gonna be in pain, at least I can be happy about it for a few hours...lol) I've also tried stretching, hot and cold treatments, massages (even the happy ending didn't help....much ) The only thing that gives me any relief and lets me sleep all night is to take 3 (or sometimes more) percocets and drink with them. Now, before I get lectured on the dangers of doing such a thing, and even though a lot of my friends consider that a great way to spend the night, I have NO INTEREST in having to do that for any extended period of time. I'm not trying to become some pill popping junkie like so many of the people in my neighborhood. I'm trying to find another way to deal with this, preferably WITHOUT chemicals. Yeah, I have my fun, it's pretty obvious that I like to party, but I've never been the "Hey let's take a bunch of medicine to get high" kind of person. Any advice anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated, as I've been dealing with this for about a month and I'm really tired of having to go for 4a.m. walks every morning just to stop myself from sawing my own leg off. Again, something that DOESN'T involve drugs would be preferred. Thanks in advance. p.s. I really hope I don't get in trouble for posting this... I know there's a lot of references to things in this post that the mods/admins would probably prefer not to have on these boards, but after a month of the b.s., I'm desperate and am trying anything a this point. Mods, if this thread is not acceptable, I apologize and go ahead and lock/delete it if you see fit to do so.