chronic sciatica from piriformis syndrome

selkie Community Member January 27, 2008
  • Hi everyone.  I'm new here, so please forgive me if this topic has already been covered.  I've been living w/sciatica from piriformis syndrome for 8 years now.  I didn't find out all the things that could have been done for conservative treatment (i.e. trigger point massage, Trp. injections) until the problem had become chronic.  Because of this, I've been on Neurontin for the pain all these years.  Every so often, I'd have to titrate the dose to get the same pain relief.  Now, my doc says I'm at the maximum dose, and, alas, the pain is creeping back again.  I'm seeing the doc tommorrow to see what else can be done.  Does anyone else have this problem, & if so, what do you find helpful?  Any info will be greatly appreciated, & thanks in advance!
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  • Kathy
    May. 07, 2014

    I have had this Piriformis Syndrome pain for almost 2 years now. So far, the only relief I have had is some type of stretching movement. It has gotten a lot worse in the past few weeks. Am going to have to do something else pretty quick. The pain is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The best way to describe it is a VERY bad toothache,  with...

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    I have had this Piriformis Syndrome pain for almost 2 years now. So far, the only relief I have had is some type of stretching movement. It has gotten a lot worse in the past few weeks. Am going to have to do something else pretty quick. The pain is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The best way to describe it is a VERY bad toothache,  with the nerve exposed. Hoping my orthopedic surgeon will have an answer.

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    chrisgg
    Jan. 16, 2014

    I think many of these cases are misdiagdnosed as SI joint pain, like mine was for 3 months. It turned out to be Piriformis Syndrome, where the piriformis muscle in the buttock contracts, and in acute episodes goes into spasm and irritates the sciatic nerve which passes right next to the piriformis muscle. This causes sciatic pain down the hip and leg, pins...

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    I think many of these cases are misdiagdnosed as SI joint pain, like mine was for 3 months. It turned out to be Piriformis Syndrome, where the piriformis muscle in the buttock contracts, and in acute episodes goes into spasm and irritates the sciatic nerve which passes right next to the piriformis muscle. This causes sciatic pain down the hip and leg, pins and needles and numbness in the leg. It is more common in runners. As a check, do you have tenderness or pain in the side of the hip near the greater trochanter bone....right in the gap of the side of the hip between femur and pelvis? That's where the piriformis tendon attaches and where my pain started first as a slight ache. It indicates tightening of the piriformis muscle. The other end of the muscle attaches half way up the sacrum near the SI joint, which is why there is usually pain or tenderness there too. It is due to spasm or partial spasm of the piriformis muscle which in turn causes pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you get sciatica or pins and needles down the leg when putting weight on the leg, it is likely Piriformis Syndrome. This is why people with the syndrome prefer to walk with a crutch or crutches to take weight off the leg(physiotherpists thinking you have SI joint pain will hate you for it). It is usually treated by stretching exercises, muscle relaxant injections or in the last resort surgery. This is what I have. After noticing pain in the greater trochanter area I was out running one day and had a massive spasm of the buttock and hip muscles, almost falling over. That was no doubt the piriformis going into complete spasm and sending sciatic pain all down my leg. Symptoms gradually worsened so that any weight on the leg caused some pins and needles and moderate pain. In an effort to avoid the pain, I got first a walking stick and then crutches to take weight off my left leg. At the same time I was inadvertently flinching from the pain by tensing my leg and buttock muscles and placing my toe down first. This(I found out later) was causing horrendous knife-like cramps and muscle pains in my lower back and buttocks, in addition to the primary symptoms of sciatica and pins and needles. The more it hurt the more I tried to take weight off the leg and the worse it got. I was eventually hardly able to walk from room to room or look after myself. I dialled the emergency number in desperation and was taken to the hospital but they were ready to send me home again with painkillers until I collapsed with a terrible cramp in my back. Then I was taken to Pain Management and saw a miracle Physical Therapist who recognised quickly that I had Piriformis Syndrome. All this time after X Rays and blood tests I thought I had SI Joint inflammation. After following her advice and relaxing all the muscles in my leg and buttocks and trying to walk as normally as possible, heel/toe(with a crutch), all my pain began to melt away later that evening once home from hospital and I had my first sound sleep in many weeks. She had given me stretching exercises to do at home and lots of info on the syndrome. I am left with the primary symptom of fairly minor pins and needles which I can control by using the crutch. I'm so pleased I will soon be getting a course of treatment from this physical therapist and hope to make a full recovery. After only 4 days I feel so much better and almost pain free. I hope this helps others find he right diagnosis.

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  • selkie
    Nov. 06, 2010

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments.  Yes, I've had MRI's, lab tests, etc. an nauseum.  I've tried a lot of different treatments, except for botox injections, & so far, the only thing that's really helped w/nerve pain in Neurontin.

    Yes, we should never give up, but one gets to the point where you wonder if anything will ever really help.

    • Pam
      Pam
      Aug. 15, 2011

      I have had 10 years of pain deep in my left gluteal area. It was first diagnosed by a sports medicine doc as piriformis syndrome. In the past 10 years, I've seen numerous GPs, 2 chiropractors, 2 neurologists, 2 pain docs, an accupuncturist, a massage therapist, and a hypnotherapist. Nothing has made any difference at all. I began taking Neurontin about 4 years...

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      I have had 10 years of pain deep in my left gluteal area. It was first diagnosed by a sports medicine doc as piriformis syndrome. In the past 10 years, I've seen numerous GPs, 2 chiropractors, 2 neurologists, 2 pain docs, an accupuncturist, a massage therapist, and a hypnotherapist. Nothing has made any difference at all. I began taking Neurontin about 4 years ago and now take 600 mg 5xday. I also take pain meds. Over the past 10 years, I've had the piriformis diagnosis 2 times, once with the sports medicine doc and once with a pain doc. Neurologists are convinced it's due to spinal problems, despite MRIs (5 of them over the years) that show no impingement on nerves leaving the spine. A year ago after reading more about piriformis, I asked a pain doc to do a guided injection into the piriformis, which he did. I had NO PAIN for 3 hours--the first time in 10 years. Pain comes entirely from sitting, is a very deep burning in the left buttock and results in electrical type burning down my left leg. Well, after the shot I had no burning buttock pain, none. So that seemed conclusive that it's piriformis. I did have a car accident 20 years ago where this part of my body was injured so there's likely scarring that is rubbing on the sciatic nerve. Anyway ... I've tried all of the less invasive procedures/directives and have been faithful about each and every one. But none helped. So now I'm trying to find someone who can do piriformis release surgery. Seems such surgeries are done by neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons (about half and half). I'm amazed at how few docs know anything about this. I was glad to find this blog and other's experiences. Sometimes you start to feel crazy, and many docs treat you like you're crazy when the can't make you stop hurting after a couple appointments.

       

    • selkie
      Aug. 16, 2011

      Pam,

      I am so glad to hear from someone who's had this chronic problem for a long, long time as I have.  And even more glad to hear the injection helped, even if it was for a short while, after all this time!

      I heard there's a doc in California who does piriformis release surgery, but am not sure of his name or his success rate.

      I wish you all the luck...

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      Pam,

      I am so glad to hear from someone who's had this chronic problem for a long, long time as I have.  And even more glad to hear the injection helped, even if it was for a short while, after all this time!

      I heard there's a doc in California who does piriformis release surgery, but am not sure of his name or his success rate.

      I wish you all the luck in the world, and sincerely hope you find lasting relief.

  • selkie
    Mar. 26, 2008
    Thanks, everyone, for your comments & advice.  I'll certainly google the site you  posted.
    • gebrazell
      Jul. 05, 2008

      Hi Selke,

       

      I have suffered from a searing, burning, numbing pain at the base of my buttocks for about the same length of time -- almost 8 years. I had never heard of pirisformis syndrome until I posted a comment that included my symptoms on this site. I have received many responses, for which I am thankful.

       

      My question is how did you get your...

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      Hi Selke,

       

      I have suffered from a searing, burning, numbing pain at the base of my buttocks for about the same length of time -- almost 8 years. I had never heard of pirisformis syndrome until I posted a comment that included my symptoms on this site. I have received many responses, for which I am thankful.

       

      My question is how did you get your diagnosis? I have been from my GP, a rheumatologist, a neurologist, and to an acupuncturist (he did not treat me) over these almost 8 years, and nobody ever brought up this diagnosis. Was you diagnosis through x-rays, MRIs, labs?  The neurological pain mgt. doctor put me on Lyrica for about 3 months last year--then I developed serious side effects and the relief I got was only moderate. Recently, they put me on Neurontin and so far I have no side effects, but no relief either. A month has passed and I am considering backing off Neurontiin.

       

      Last week I printed some information on Pirisformis Syndrome and took it to my GP. Her comments were that I have all of the symptoms, but that she had never personally diagnosed a case. She suggested physical therapy, and I start Monday. Several mention massage therapy, but who does that, maybe the physical therapist?

       

      I would really appreciate your comments on the method of diagnosis, type of physician, etc. Feel free to answer me at my email gebrazell@msn.com or on this site.

       

      Thank you ever so much, and I pray that your pain will lessen.

       

      Gerald

       

    • selkie
      Jul. 05, 2008

      So sorry to hear of your pain, Gerald.  To answer your question, a Physiatrist dx'd me.  The physical therapy did help, the first time.  It involved ultrasound, trigger point massage, & stretching.  I still do the stretches, every day.  You might get good results from a massage therapist.

       

      There's no sure fire test, such as...

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      So sorry to hear of your pain, Gerald.  To answer your question, a Physiatrist dx'd me.  The physical therapy did help, the first time.  It involved ultrasound, trigger point massage, & stretching.  I still do the stretches, every day.  You might get good results from a massage therapist.

       

      There's no sure fire test, such as an MRI, that can dx piriformis syndrome.  It takes a hands-on exam from the doc, along w/a thorough patient history, including what makes it worse, better, etc.

       

      My current doc added etodolac to my meds, & it is helping.  Re: Neurontin, I didn't think it was helping me either, until I'd been on it for about 3 months, with the dose gradually increasing.  It was either 900mg. or 1,200 mgs. a day before I noticed any pain relief.

       

      If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me at this site.  And I will keep you in prayer, that you find something that helps soon.

       

      Selkie

    • gebrazell
      Jul. 05, 2008

      Thank you so much for responding. Today has been one of my worst days so far. I find it helpful to write down each dr visit on an index card, i.e. complaints, symptoms, duration, etc. Then I write notes as to what the dr advised, prescribed and instructed. My cards go back 7 years and there is the constant complaint of burning in my buttocks. It was...

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      Thank you so much for responding. Today has been one of my worst days so far. I find it helpful to write down each dr visit on an index card, i.e. complaints, symptoms, duration, etc. Then I write notes as to what the dr advised, prescribed and instructed. My cards go back 7 years and there is the constant complaint of burning in my buttocks. It was only recently that it started going down my left leg on the outside. 

       

      Did I understand that in addition to the other drug you mentioned, that you are still taking the large doses of Neurontin?  I was thinking about telling the dr that I wanted to get off it, thinking it might be making matters worse, but maybe the dosage is not enough.

       

       

      Anyway, I really appreciate your response and wish you well.

       

      Gerald

       

    • selkie
      Jul. 05, 2008

      Yes, I'm still taking Neurontin, 1,300mg. three times a day, for a total of 3,900mg.daily.  Some docs say you can only go to 3,600mg. a day, but they go up to 4,800mg. for epilepsy.  Anything high in magnesium (such as o.t.c. antacids) or fiber should be avoided for 2 hours before taking Neurontin & for 2 hours after taking it, as these two things...

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      Yes, I'm still taking Neurontin, 1,300mg. three times a day, for a total of 3,900mg.daily.  Some docs say you can only go to 3,600mg. a day, but they go up to 4,800mg. for epilepsy.  Anything high in magnesium (such as o.t.c. antacids) or fiber should be avoided for 2 hours before taking Neurontin & for 2 hours after taking it, as these two things will block the med. 

       

      I hope some of this helps.

    • gebrazell
      Jul. 05, 2008

      Thanks, it does help. I had no idea that such high doses could be taken.

    • deb
      deb
      Mar. 24, 2010

      Hello Gerald and Selkie,

       

      There is hope.  I have discovered a different type of MRI called an MR Neurography.  It's difficult to find anyone who has the machine to do the test.  A Dr. Filler (see nervemed.com --they are in Santa Monica) invented the imaging machine especially for soft tissue and detecting nerve pain problems.  Dr....

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      Hello Gerald and Selkie,

       

      There is hope.  I have discovered a different type of MRI called an MR Neurography.  It's difficult to find anyone who has the machine to do the test.  A Dr. Filler (see nervemed.com --they are in Santa Monica) invented the imaging machine especially for soft tissue and detecting nerve pain problems.  Dr. Filler has a practice in California and in St. Petersburg, Florida (opening in May, I think).  Also, I found a place in Austin, Texas, called The Neurography Institute (I think that's the title, sorry, my memory is bad) that has the facilities to do the MR Neurography.  The people at nervemed.com (especially Shirlee Jackson) is very helpful.  At this point I have not had the imaging.   They are affiliated in some way with Dr. Filler.  I have to get a physician to refer me for the MR Neurography and have it approved by my insurance company.  I am considering going to Austin this summer to have a diagnosis.  My pain has taken away my life, and all I really have left is my job and I fear I may not be able to do my job with this pain much longer. I am very depressed about it.  I have had months of physical therapy and the therapist unofficially told me I have piriformis syndrome which involves the piriformis muscle in the buttocks.  The sciatic nerve runs through the muscle and sometimes the muscle gets inflamed and goes into spasms which pinches or constricts the piriformis muscle and can even cause tendinitis in the small tendon that connects the muscle to the hip bone.  Search this on the web for more information.  Also I tried acupuncture and the acupunturist assured me that I have piriformis syndrome.  By the way, the acupuncture did not help.  Neither did the physical therapy.  The only thing that helps even a little bit is swimming and I don't have access to a pool now.  Massage has not helped.  Anti-inflammatory drugs have not helped.  Cymbalta helped a little but I had very bad side effects from it so I do not recommend it to anyone.  I tried Lyrica and it blurred my vision.  Soon after I stopped taking Lyrica I was diagnosed with early cataracts which I had surgery for last summer.  Now I am at high risk for detached retina.  Yes, life is complicated.  I had always been so active: walking, lifting weights, yoga, racquetball, tennis, ballroom dancing (loved it, miss it), so now it is very difficult to handle the fact that I am practically handicapped.  But I never give up. Never.  Once again I am on the trail looking for an answer, and I have hope that I may have found some people who know what to do for this.  Dr. Filler does a surgery for the problem and has been extremely successful.  He is a highly acclaimed surgeon.  I mean really highly acclaimed.  Check it out.  The surgery as I understand it involves clipping the tendon that connects the piriformis to the hip bone.  Yes, I know that sounds scary but they say it does not affect the stability of the leg or hip (it is a very small tendon).  This releases the piriformis and gives relief to the sciatic nerve (which is causing so much of the pain).  I am willing to try the surgery.  It's just finding the money to travel to get the diagnosis and then the Anyway, I hope this helps you. 

       

      Best,

      debbie

    • selkie
      Mar. 25, 2010

      Hi Debbie, & thank you for your comments.  Please let me know if you have the surgery.  I'm hoping with all my heart that you get relief.

      Gentle Blessings,

      Selkie

    • L. Estes
      Oct. 03, 2010

      You're not alone. I have Piriformis Syndrome, diagnosd and treatmented by the original Dr. Blair Pace, in Tustin, CA, 33 years ago. He was a MASTER, genuis, and wonderful human being. Unfortunately, got hit with Alzheimer's and had to retire. I should know, am a former Psych RN, husband is a Cardiologist, and daughter a NICU RN. My Piriformis Syndrome pain...

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      You're not alone. I have Piriformis Syndrome, diagnosd and treatmented by the original Dr. Blair Pace, in Tustin, CA, 33 years ago. He was a MASTER, genuis, and wonderful human being. Unfortunately, got hit with Alzheimer's and had to retire. I should know, am a former Psych RN, husband is a Cardiologist, and daughter a NICU RN. My Piriformis Syndrome pain returned, bilaterally, over 4+ years ago and can not even find anyone to treat it, much less a referral to a physician to talk about it, at this point. Am frantically searching for an M.D. in southern CA who could inject it, using the newest ultrasound guided method of injections. I have heard the surgery, gives relief, for 2 years at the most. Don't give up. I can't sit, have to sleep on my right side or back, cried myself to sleep the other night, have 4 diseases of my Immune System, multiple Dr. appts, lab visits, a daughter getting married, I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SIT and sleep. Forget getting multiple caine and cortisone injections, unless you've never had them, acupuncture, chiropractor, physical therapy, stretching exercises useless. Have tried them all. Only good for you, if you've never had them before. Have to go and pick up my 94 yr. old father, but don't give up!.....Laurie in southern Calif.

    • selkie
      Oct. 04, 2010

      Hi Laurie,

      Thank you for your reply, & I will keep you in my prayers.  My doc sent me to P.T. last Friday, & after reading all my infor on all I've tried, the first thing she asked was "What does your doc expect us to do?"

      Good question, chickie!  I don't know either.  I didn't say it, but sure thought it!

       

    • L. Estes
      Oct. 04, 2010

      Dear Selkie, As far as I know, the only thing a physical therapist can do for you is stretching exercises for your Piriformis Muscle. Interesting that even She didn't know what she could do for you??? That ought to send up a red flag. I'm sitting here, still waiting on a referral to even speak to a Dr. about injecting my Piriformis muscles. My only hope is...

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      Dear Selkie, As far as I know, the only thing a physical therapist can do for you is stretching exercises for your Piriformis Muscle. Interesting that even She didn't know what she could do for you??? That ought to send up a red flag. I'm sitting here, still waiting on a referral to even speak to a Dr. about injecting my Piriformis muscles. My only hope is finding an M.D. in southern Calif. who uses the ultrasound method of injecting the Piriformis muscle. Don't want surgery, have heard it lasts 2 years, at the most. So wish me luck. Am tired of waiting on insurance cos. to even see someone about a toenail (keep in mind I used to be a Psych RN, husband is a Cardiologist, and youngest daughter is a NICU RN), yes I'm fed up with insurance cos. Also tired of multiple dr. appts., lab visits, etc. I don't have the time, have a daughter getting married next year, the holidays breathing down our necks, a 94 yr. old father etc. etc. As my best friend and I say to each other, over the phone, "it never ends."......Laurie

    • Kris
      Nov. 05, 2010

      I guess I am here to join the club. I have been having terrible muscle spasm in my upper buttock for about a year now. It gets so bad, that it has dropped me to my knee or else I can't move at all. Am currently seeing a pain management specialist who has done some guided needle injections in my SI joint, no relief. He will also gives me multilple trigger point...

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      I guess I am here to join the club. I have been having terrible muscle spasm in my upper buttock for about a year now. It gets so bad, that it has dropped me to my knee or else I can't move at all. Am currently seeing a pain management specialist who has done some guided needle injections in my SI joint, no relief. He will also gives me multilple trigger point injections in the area, which usually gives me 2-3 weeks of relief. In addition, he gave me samples of Flector patches. They contain a pain med. I put a patch on the area and it helps alot. I have learned that stress will set off a round of spasms that are unmanageable. Also, too much heavy physical activity, like digging up and replanting, will do it.  Am going to physical theraphy and can really tell my muscles are tight and need stretching, which I am doing. I just got done researching piriformis syndrome, that's how I found this site. Anyway, one of the treatments suggested was a guided injection of Botox, directly into the piriformis. This is said to paralyze the muscle for about three months, which is supposed to give one time to stretch, and calm down the siatica. I know insurance won't pay for the Botx but plan to call dr and ask about the cost. I have fibromyalgia and in doing self diagnosis, believe I have nerve entrapment caused by fibrous leasions on the piriformis, which is seizing the siatica and causing the pain. Stress and activity  send it into spasms. I am sorry you can't find a Dr. Have you tried pain management docs? I hope to be able to come back to this site and give you all some good news if I can get this shot. My physical therapist also suggested spinal nerve block - have to get more info from him on exactly what he means. It was so bad two weeks ago, I couldn't get into my car, as I couldn't lift my left leg up. It took me about 5 minutes of trying differnt ways to get that leg up before I could get in. All of you have my deepest sympathy and empathy.

    • L. Estes
      Nov. 05, 2010

      I have had bilateral Piriformis Muscle Syndrome for 34 years, and was seen by the original M.D., Dr. Blair Pace, in Tustin, CA, USA, who figured out, researched, published, and treated patients for this problem. I was his patient no. 153. He was a magnificient M.D. and human being!  I was successfully treated, every single time! Unfortunately, he had to...

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      I have had bilateral Piriformis Muscle Syndrome for 34 years, and was seen by the original M.D., Dr. Blair Pace, in Tustin, CA, USA, who figured out, researched, published, and treated patients for this problem. I was his patient no. 153. He was a magnificient M.D. and human being!  I was successfully treated, every single time! Unfortunately, he had to retire, due to Alzheimer's, but trained other M.D's to do what he figured out and did so very well. Yes, I've already been to 2 Pain Management M.D's and treatment was unsuccessful for me, including Botox. Doesn't mean it won't work for you, however. Never give up!  I'm not. I also have 5 diseases of my Immune System: Fibromyalgia; CFIDS/CFS; Rheumatoid Arthritis; CIDP/Chronic Inflammatory Demeyelinating Neuropathy; and Myasthenia Gravis. I have been to so many Dr. appts., lab tests, diagnostic tests of all kinds that I could now do in my sleep, and they continue. I have been to Hell and back, and will not give up. I am Better and continuing to live life to it's fullest!  Have our 1st daughter getting married soon, planning on vacations etc. Yes, stress makes everything worse, I used to be a Psych RN, my husband is a very busy Cardiologist, our youngest daughter is a NICU/Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit RN; and oldest daughter is an Architect. We are a busy family!  And yes, my husband and I garden, big-time. Have tons of fruit trees, boysenberry patch, raspberry patch, strawberry patch, grow tomatoes, corn, green string beans, peas, potatoes, green bell peppers and other kinds of peppers, all kinds of squash, Mauii onions, and can, freeze, and make jams and even bake my own sourdough breads, from scratch. Have 3 sourdough starters and 1 is 126 years old and originated in Alaska. So, my suggestions are: lay off the garden and yard work until you have seen an M.,D., had the proper tests, been diagnosed, and received the proper treatment for your back problem. It could be your Piriformis muscle, mine was so bad during my 2nd pregnancy, I spent half of the pregnancy in bed with a toddler to care for, my husband was a Cardiology Fellow and didn't make enough money to hire any help and we moved half ways across the USA, during this pregnancy. And I survived it all!  But your back is complex and it could be something other than the Piriformis muscle. That's why you need to see an M.D., have lumbar x-rays, MRI's etc. Don't do anything, on your own. As far as Physical Therapy goes, they are helpful IF they know what they're doing, as with anything. Acupuncture and stretching did nothing for me, nor did muscle trigger point injections, Botox, having the Piriformis muscle frozen, having the Pudendal Nerve injected, etc. But I see a NEW Pain Management M.D., just to talk, this coming Monday, so I am hopeful. Never quit! You just can't do this, on your own. OK? Laurie in southern CA

    • Kris
      Nov. 05, 2010

      Thanks for the info. I know what you mean about trying everything. I was diagnosed with Fibro, before anyone had ever heard of it. Since then have been to so many docs and spent so much money and time trying whatever I could. I have been to Drs. and they are not sure if it is my SI joint, siatica or piriformis. Just had an MRI and will see Dr. on Monday,...

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      Thanks for the info. I know what you mean about trying everything. I was diagnosed with Fibro, before anyone had ever heard of it. Since then have been to so many docs and spent so much money and time trying whatever I could. I have been to Drs. and they are not sure if it is my SI joint, siatica or piriformis. Just had an MRI and will see Dr. on Monday, but when I called his office, they didn't seem to think there was anything telling on the MRI. Will keep you posted.

    • L. Estes
      Nov. 05, 2010

      Thanks and Good Luck!!!!!!!!!.........Laurie

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  • Anonymous
    LadybugHurts
    Mar. 25, 2008

    You're not alone in your pain. There is a blog of other piriformis sufferers on the following website:  http://www.runningforums.com    Go to Health and Wellness at the bottom of the page, select it and then go to the link:  Piriformis Release Surgery Anyone??

     

    It's a great place for support and find out what treatments...

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    You're not alone in your pain. There is a blog of other piriformis sufferers on the following website:  http://www.runningforums.com    Go to Health and Wellness at the bottom of the page, select it and then go to the link:  Piriformis Release Surgery Anyone??

     

    It's a great place for support and find out what treatments are out there. Look forward to talking with you. Hang in there. I've had mine 4 yrs.  Everyone on that forum can relate to your pain.  Hang in there.

     

    LadybugHurts 

  • Anonymous
    Lee Mashinter
    Mar. 05, 2008

    so sorry to hear of your pain. ive had mine for 4 months, cant really walk, cant really sit etc

     

    i was making no progress, then got therapeutic massage and learned how to massage myself...alternating hot/cold helped greatly, lots of googling for tips/stretching

     

    also taking potassium supplements and glucosamine sulfate

     

    a tiny bit of improvement...

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    so sorry to hear of your pain. ive had mine for 4 months, cant really walk, cant really sit etc

     

    i was making no progress, then got therapeutic massage and learned how to massage myself...alternating hot/cold helped greatly, lots of googling for tips/stretching

     

    also taking potassium supplements and glucosamine sulfate

     

    a tiny bit of improvement each day, my pain has gone from average 8 to 4

     

    there is hope

     

    god bless

     

    - Lee in London 

     

    • petitemiss
      Dec. 11, 2013

      Hi,

       

      Just happened to see your post on HealthCentral.  I don't know when you posted it.  I've had the "pain in the butt" for four months now.  Been having PT for about 6 weeks but not much progress.  You mentioned Therapeutic Massage.  Who should I see for this?  PT or other healthcare worker?  I've found that rest really...

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      Hi,

       

      Just happened to see your post on HealthCentral.  I don't know when you posted it.  I've had the "pain in the butt" for four months now.  Been having PT for about 6 weeks but not much progress.  You mentioned Therapeutic Massage.  Who should I see for this?  PT or other healthcare worker?  I've found that rest really helps lying on back with knees up on high pillow to take the strain off the back.  Good luck on the elimination of your pain.

  • Anonymous
    Mische
    Feb. 25, 2008
    After 6 weeks of pain, I've tried deep tissue massage, PT, ultrasound and a  spot anti-inflammatory. They think it might be priformis syndrome, but diagnosis is difficult. As a last resort, I'm going to a chiropractor today. How are you doing? After 8 years - any words of wisdom?

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    RHMLucky777
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    After 6 weeks of pain, I've tried deep tissue massage, PT, ultrasound and a  spot anti-inflammatory. They think it might be priformis syndrome, but diagnosis is difficult. As a last resort, I'm going to a chiropractor today. How are you doing? After 8 years - any words of wisdom?

    http://www.emedicine.com/pmr/fulltopic/topic106.htm#section~Introduction
    • selkie
      Feb. 26, 2008
      Hi Mische.  So sorry to hear of your pain.  Have you had an MRI to rule out a herniated disk?  Or any other diagnostic tests?
    • L.Valentine
      Aug. 12, 2011

      Reiki. Back in  '97, I suffered excruiiating pain from herniated disks. I didn't have insurance to cover the surgery, and chiropractic treatments either helped for very short periods of time or not at all. One day a woman in the chiropractic office asked me if I had ever heard of reiki (I had not), and asked if I would like to try it (at that point I would...

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      Reiki. Back in  '97, I suffered excruiiating pain from herniated disks. I didn't have insurance to cover the surgery, and chiropractic treatments either helped for very short periods of time or not at all. One day a woman in the chiropractic office asked me if I had ever heard of reiki (I had not), and asked if I would like to try it (at that point I would have cut off my head to get some relief). The next day, she gave me a reiki treatment, and another the day after that. The third day I felt as though nothing had ever been wrong. I swear by it.

       

      Find a reiki master in your area. They might not be in the yellow pages. You may have to ask at wholistic clinics, natural food stores, even universal churches--anywhere you would ordinarily find metaphysical types. Don't settle for a student. Find the master.

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