Pain in the Butt?
February 17, 2007 6:55 AM Subscribe
I have a pain in the butt. Help me fix it.
A couple of months ago I strained my lower back on a bike ride. It happened when I got too hot in subzero weather and took off my top layer. Twang. It was sore and stiff but not incapacitating so I carried on riding for the next couple of days. However, on a long ride, again in cold weather, the pain migrated down to my left buttock. After that my whole left leg hurt every time I sat down -- so much so that I had to work standing up for a week. It eventually faded away and I went back to normal.
Last week I strained my back on a hard mountain bike ride (again in cold weather) and it has again migrated down to my buttock and leg. This is really a new thing for me and I'm trying to figure out what's causing it and what I can do. I suspect it may be pressure on the Piriformis nerve or something similar.
My buttock leg is not getting strained during the exercise: it's a pain which migrates from the site of the strain.
(I'm asking this on Metafilter because I have had horrible experiences with PTs and docs trying to fix/figure out muscle pain -- they seem to have no clue whatsoever).
I'm 42, 172lbs and 5'10. I'm fit but not very muscular. I recently lost about 15lbs.
Any suggestions welcome. I realize that cold-weather cycling (and probably not warming up properly) is a contributory factor here... but I really LIKE cycling in freezing temps... and I just bought a singlespeed mtb so I'm likely to be exerting myself even more in the future.