I thought sciatica was something pregnant women got; it's not and it bloody hurts - I can only liken it to being given a swift kick up the arse by a grumpy coal miner in tackety boots every ten minutes, swiftly followed by a dead leg from a prop forward in a really bad mood. Not really whats recommended the week before salmon fishing.

Of course, the very worst thing you can do when afflicted by some catastrophic breakdown in the body's engineering is to Google the problem. You're never going to get a good answer. Sciatica throws up a whole list of discouraging words like nerves, discs, vertebrae, trauma and best of all, spinal tumour. I'm going to do the grow up and mature thing that men do best and stop googling and hope it goes away.