Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Pain in the Butt

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.

16 comments:

  1. Every now and again I get wakened with leg cramps that bring me out of a deep sleep instantly awake, it can feel like somebody slashing with a knife from the inside out. Fortunately they usually go away just standing on them, but the pain is amazing.

    Hope you are doing better now.

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  2. I suffer from pain in the area very frequently. It is especially painful at night. Not a lot can be done to treat my pain except shots. I've only gone that route once. In the meantime, I find yoga, pilates, and massage help me the most.

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  3. I have physical therapy exercises to stretch the piriformis, but I never knew exactly what it was. Thanks, and I hope your pain in the butt subsides.

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  4. Yep. Stretching works, and massage, and trying to be a good sport in my late middle age. That usually doesn't work.

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  5. I get very mild sciatica once every few months. I take an aspirin and it helps. I am lucky, and hope it does not get worse.

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  6. It is way more fun being a pain in the butt than having one. Been there and you are right. Exercise will get rid of it the quickest. Feel all better soon.

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  7. ouch! I hope it continues to get better.

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  8. My husband is going through that right now. I'm hoping that PT will work for him. Feel better!

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  9. Oh that is not nice! Hope it gets better real soon ...

    All the best Jan

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  10. OOPS! Well you said you weren't going to be riding for much longer anyway so at least the pain should be gone soon! I am glad Yoga helped and I sure hate that it is from your bike.

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  11. I love learning from my blogger friends. Sadly, as we age these sudden annoying pains can come out of nowhere. I went to the doctor this week and when she asked if I was feeling any pain, I was so happy to say, "Not right this minute."

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  12. I've had this pain and it hurts! Year ago, when I ran daily, I strained the piriformis and could barely walk. I did this to myself twice and finally decided continual running wasn't so important anymore. I think at my age stretching before any exercise is important. Hope your butt soon feels better, Olga!

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  13. Wow - that sciatic nerve looks huge, no wonder it gives us trouble. I shall take note of this post - hope it's unlikely to happen to me as I don't ride bikes. Big son does though.... I do hope you can avoid this in future.

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  14. that sciatic pain is a killer and I am happy that you are managing it with Yoga.. however for me that didnt work and I had an operation to release the three areas of pressure on my spine.. for most people it does work, but for me although the sciatic pain is a whole lot less, its quite mild when it rears its head.. the operation left me in a worse state.. but thats whole other story.. I am just glad that you can find relief through your Yoga, hope you heal quickly and it stops bothering you.. hugs from across the pond.. thank you for leaving a comment for me too... janzi

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