Re: Boyfriend possible sciatica?
This is the sister site to Healthboards so I can post a link. This will give you some basic information on treating sciatic pain.
You might also want to read up on "piriformis syndrome." These symptoms from piriformis issues are similar to sciatica.
True sciatic pain does not run below the knee.
Have you kept a journal so you might be able to see a pattern of when the symptoms come on, what your BF was doing that aggravated the pain or caused it to come back, etc.
It seems like most people get sciatica at some point in their life. For most people the issues will resolve on their own...but, it can be stubborn and take awhile. There is lots of information online, including little videos of appropriate exercise, etc.
Sciatica hurts like mad, but it's never fatal...so hang in there. If he doesn't get relief after about ten days or so, you may have to take him to a doctor. In the meantime, you can have him use ice or a cold gel pack for pain...15-20 minutes at a time every hour, being careful not to freeze the skin.