I injured the sciatic nerve in my left leg around the age of 21. I remember bending over to lift up one of my dogs and the pain that went through my leg and into my lower back was unbelievably intense. I had to put the dog down and I collapsed onto the floor afterward. I remember laying on the floor of the dog room that night and wondering if I’d be able to get on my feet again without needing to call an ambulance. It was some of the most severe pain I had felt in my life up to that point. Thankfully I was able to stand after laying straight on my back for roughly 40 minutes. But from that point on, I had chronic pain in the base of my back on the left side going down my left leg into my left foot. I made an appointment with my general physician and he told me that I must have injured my sciatic nerve on the left side. Beyond the injury itself, I had been using a messenger bag at school with lots of weight, and it was almost always hanging from my left shoulder. I started consuming acetaminophen heavily at that point, but you have to be careful about liver toxicity, especially if you drink alcohol as well. I’m happy that I can utilize CBD along with acetaminophen to combat the chronic pain I have in my sciatic nerve. It’s debilitating some days while other days it isn’t nearly as bad. I have used CBD oil that you consume orally as well as CBD skin patches and skin cream that I can apply directly above the base of my back on the left side.