It hit me out of the blue last Thursday night, while I was sitting watching the late news on TV. I had just cooled down from exercising. The pain was so sudden and excrusiating that I did not know what was happening. I have never had sciatica pain before and did not know how to cope with it. I went to my massage therapist and chiro the next morning and they were able to determine that the trigger points in my gluteus medius and minimus were the problem and apparently were pinching the sciatic nerve. Both muscles were hard as cement and the whole surrounding area of the upper gluts and hip and thigh were hot to the touch. They tried everything possible to loosen the muscles up but nothing worked. So, the chiro told me that I should go see my doctor right away. Naturally, I could not get into the doctor because his office was closed for the holiday, so I ended up in the emergency room. Thankfully, a nurse practitioner knew something about FMS and MPS and was able to presribe two meds to help alleviate the pain immediately. And, today my doctor was able to look over everything and he called in a third med to speed up the recovery (I hope). Anyway, the pain has greatly subsided and the muscle hardness is going down, as is the heat and numbness. I am expecting to be back to "normal" by week's end. OMG, I cannot believe some people live with that kind of pain for longer than I have. I hope they have some recourse to minimize it.