Re: Arthritis at 41?
I usually post on the back board, but noticed your thread and thought I'd mention that depending on how bad your sciatica is, you might want to have the back problems investigated further. When there is arthritis in other joints, sometimes back pain is lumped in with that same treatment protocol, when there may be more effective ways to treat it.
Sciatic pain is caused by nerve root compression in the lower lumbar area of the spine. Arthritis may be part of the source of pain, but there are usually other contributing factors.
Since I don't know the extent of your back pain, I can't guess what else might be going on...but I just wanted to mention the possibilities.