Believe me, I know that at my age I am fortunate to be mostly healthy, to have my real teeth and my real joints and very little pain associated with body parts in general. I should be more grateful. Instead, a little ache, a little pain, and I am off and ranting--cursing the gods who feel the need to punish me in this way.
I was sleeping peacefully on Saturday night when I was most rudely awakened by sudden pain. I was thought someone had broken into the house and was administering electrical shock to my left buttock. Zap! OW! Zap! OW! ZAP! OW! And so it went throughout the night. I was grumpy in the morning, Very grumpy.
I have heard about sciatica nerve pain. I googled it. The pain was pretty targeted, not coming from my back, not shooting down the thigh. But definitely there.
I was going to skip yoga, but yoga was mentioned as one of the treatments. My yoga teacher mentioned periformis syndrome and gave me some modifications to the usual routine. I felt a lot better afterwards. I was really glad I didn't skip the class.
Inflammation of this muscle can irritate the sciatic nerve. It is sometimes called pseudosciatica and sometimes referred to as wallet sciatica. If I carried a wallet in my left back pocket, that would be a perfect description.
So today I took another bike ride and figured out what irritated that muscle in the first place. Ice helps.