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Hello everyone. I posted a couple months ago and I'm near to my wits end now. I was in a car accident in December. Initially I had low back pain, and then severe sciatica on my left side. I had a MRI done that came back normal. Since my original post I've also had a EMG test done which also came back normal. When I had the EMG done the doctor that was performing it said he thought it was my piriformis muscle that was swollen and pressing on my sciatic nerve. My PT showed me excersises that would help. But when we did them I was in excruciating pain and could barely walk for the next 4 days. I'm starting to get super frustrated. I've been in PT now for 2 1/2 months (2x per week) and dont see a real improvement with the sciatica. The lower back pain has changed a little. It's not always there (the leg pain is) but after standing or sitting up for more then 5-10 minutes it feels like a lot of pressure. The longer I stay upright the more the pressure builds. The pain in my leg gets so bad sometimes I can barely walk. My feet and ankles swell and change colors also too. Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be happening to me. I usually have a high tolerance for pain so if its this bad.... its bad. I see my ortho again 4/29 and I'm trying to get any information that I could bring to him.

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