Pain in the bum
Pain in the bum.
Dear Sir. I have pain in the buttocks which radiates at back from waist over hips and into the back of thighs and also into feet; sometimes on both sides sometimes just one.
It's very painful at night when lying in bed, but also after sitting, and feels very uncomfortable and stiff to walk. Feel like my back/pelvis needs the bones clicked. Physio says it is a piriformis syndrome. Why does it migrate from one side to the other though?
I like to run, but this seems to make it worse, as does being inactive. Have tried ice after exercise, hot Epsom salt baths, foam rolling, glute-strengthening exercises and yoga. Nothing seems to work for very long. Any advice you can offer?
Apologies for the late reply. I've been on leave.
Please do two tests for me, and send me your response keeping to this thread.
After no painkillers for 24 hours,
1. Bend slowly forwards, then backwards and then to the side. Tell me exactly what you feel.
2. Sitting in a kitchen chair, raise one leg parallel to the ground, lower it and then with the other leg. Tell me EXACTLY what you feel with each. If it causes no real pain or discomfort, repeat with the head flexed on your chest.
Have you been given a piriformis stretch?
Are you doing some gentle back exercises every morning before getting out of bed? If not, start there.
Ask your physio if there is tension at the T12 area, and whether you have a short leg. A condition called Maigne's syndrome refers to the buttocks too, but not to the feet.
Let me know.