What is sciatica and how do I know if I have it?

I am in incredible pain when I walk or even stand for a very short time. The pain is in my nerves, without a doubt, over my hips and around my shoulder blades. My painkillers do little to alleviate this terrible pain, but I thought sciatica was an older person's problem--I just turned 43. Please tell me what... show more I am in incredible pain when I walk or even stand for a very short time. The pain is in my nerves, without a doubt, over my hips and around my shoulder blades. My painkillers do little to alleviate this terrible pain, but I thought sciatica was an older person's problem--I just turned 43. Please tell me what you know and what meds I can take...I already take neurontin, Lortabs, etodolac, cyclobenzaprine, and dicoflenac.
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