How can I deal with intense pain in my piriformis?
April 29, 2010 9:20 PM Subscribe
Any tips for handling my piriformis pain?
I have been running for about 10 years (I'm 26) and a few months ago, out of seemingly nowhere, began to experience intense pain in the middle of my––for lack of a better term––butt cheek. The pain is located about in the center, although I can sometimes feel it in my hip as well. I eventually sought out medical attention after the pain became so intense I wasn't able to walk up stairs.
I've gone to a sports doctor, taken anti-inflammatory meds, went to physical therapy until my insurance would no longer approve it, but I still feel pain so intense that I have difficulty sitting or standing for long periods of time. Any physical activity seems to aggravate the muscle, whether it be walking, running, biking, elliptical machining, etc.
I know that I need to get further medical attention, but I was curious whether others had found particularly effective ways of combating this pain. Stretches? Seated/standing positions? Massage techniques? Medications? Ice/heat?
And, were you ever able to run again? If I try to run short distances, do I risk permanent damage? I never realized how much running improved my mood/ability to cope with stress/general happiness until I wasn't able to do it. This pain has made me absolutely miserable and so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, in advance!