Hi Carol...

You can see spine anatomy here:

http://www.back1.com/reference/PreviewCategory.cfm/1/1
http://www.vh.org/adult/provider/ana...wlscapula.html

I'm on an anti-inflammatory medication full-time, which helps considerably with my pain. When it gets bad, I also take vicoden at night. Luckily, the sciatic pain I have is dull. Before my original surgery, the when I had sciatica, it was very intense.

Good luck in getting an appointment. Hope that it doesn't take as long as you think.

Regards,
Linda