Piriformis syndrome, the real pain the butt – Part2.
So you have been feeling this really deep burning pain in the buttock for days, weeks or even months now. It is not improving. You’ve tried to rest in bed, massage therapy, and physiotherapy. None is helping in the long term and you feel lost, or that there is something wrong with your body. Why is the pain happening to me? why does it come and go and always seem to come back worse, after a few days of improvement?
Does this sound like you? if you are reading this post, chances are, it does.
Just like you, Piriformis syndrome has haunted me for not just months, but over a year and almost, yes almost ruined my life. Some days, I really felt like I would never be able to go back to training at my full potential. To some degree, that could have been true, if I decided to give up.
I have a very popular post talking about this, and my experience with it and things that helped me alleviate the pain and keep it under control.
But, by now you are probably sick and tired of it all, and just want to be able to walk, run, practice your favorite sport. I mean, how amazing would it be if you can get back to yoga, sitting in a normal chair, sleeping normally, get rid of all the expensive physio sessions and just be able to jump, right? I just wanted to jump without feeling like my hip was on fire.
So In this post, I want to compile a good solid list of real treatment for you. I am really just as sick and tired as you of “fake” treatments. I’m tired of medication that is only hiding the symptoms, and that we are dependent on so we try to live our normal lives and act normal.
So, it is my absolute hope that one of the items on the list will work for good. If you do happen to have something that worked for you PERMANENTLY, please share in the comment area. I really encourage you to do so, so we can help one another:)
Also, before we dive in, there is a very important step you need to take in your recovery process. Try to get some sort of scan done (MRI, Xrays, CT), because it is soo important to know the underlying cause of the pain you are experiencing in the buttock. It may be a herniated disc that is compressing a nerve, and the never is producing pain that is traveling down your hip and leg and as a result, the muscles around the nerve are spasming, giving you more pain.
I know it can be both hard and expensive to get those scans done in some countries, but there are many physical tests your physiotherapist can perform on you to know if the pain is originating from a disc.
So remember, that this post is about possible treatments you probably haven’t tried before. I am assuming that by now you have tried the following:
Sitting on a ball
Sitting on a kneeling chair
Standing all the time
PS: don’t forget to download your piriformis checklist that will help you investigate the pain in 14 steps. Revisit the checklist every time you try a new treatment.
Heal Piriformis syndrome – possible treatments you have not tried
Have you tried to find a good chiropractor? Chiropractic adjustment may be just what you need especially if the pain is originating from an unstable pelvis, or joints not moving properly. I have tried this lately, and have always felt a relief after each session. Adjustments can have a direct effect on the discs allowing them to heal properly. If you are not familiar with chiropractic treatments, then do some research and if you are confident in trying it, I think it would be a great way to address your treatment. There is a great resourceful website, called rateMDs.com and it is a great way to search for all doctors in your area and also read about their reviews. I highly suggest you find someone who has a high success rate treating chronic pain such as pelvic pain, sciatica, and piriformis syndrome.
Go for a swim
Have you thought about swimming to heal your piriformis syndrome or herniated disc? If the buttock pain is caused by a herniated disc, swimming will be so amazing for you. First of all, it is LOW IMPACT exercise, so you are not only protecting the joints but also increasing blood circulation to help nutrients get to the discs and joints to accelerate healing. The other benefit of swimming is that it promotes full integration of the body to move without isolation.
Take a vacation
Yes, I do consider taking time off really crucial to bring relief. I know this might sound weird, but it is scientifically proven that when we injure a part of our body or have a recurring pain in an area of our body the brain will be focused on it most of the time, it is as if your brain is programmed to always feel the pain there, and not think about anything else. This is due to our brain creating new neural pathways in that area of the brain responsible for a certain experience that is repeated. This is referred to as “neuroplasticity”. This is an excerpt from an article from Spine University website I will link to the full article in the Resources section below:
Where neuroplasticity comes in is when acute pain develops into chronic pain. Your body reacts to acute pain as it warns you that something is wrong. Usually, once the acute pain has been dealt with, either with medications or other treatments, the pain goes away and becomes a distant memory. However, over the course of a few weeks, months, and sometimes even years, your brain’s “wiring” may reorganize itself and tell your body that the chronic pain should be there and will stay there.”
Schedule a vacation and do something fun, get your mind and brain off of your injury and pain, change your environment. By doing that, your brain will take its focus from he pain and channel it somewhere else. This will also allow you to relax and have a fresh start when you get back.
PS: something that helped me in this regard was: Try to focus or meditate on an area of your body that actually feels good 🙂 This will helps your brain break that cycle of just focusing on the painful part. This may be hard to do during a painful moment but when you are stretching or in bed and you aren’t experiencing any spasms, focus on your upper back, or hands or feet or anywhere that is not painful right now.
Read Doctor’s John Sarno’s books:
This was personally, my last resort, I tried pretty much anything and reading healing back pain, followed by Howard Schubiner Unlearn Your Pain was an eye opener and got me to think about chronic pain from a different perspective, it also restored my confidence to workout. I think there is nothing wrong with learning about different ways to help ourselves get better. I also think that stress plays a huge role in our physical illnesses and we need to address all sides of the issue to rule out any possibilities that may have caused this chronic pain.
I hope you found this post helpful. What ways have helped you get rid of this nagging pain for good? Share your experience in the comment area, I’d love to hear them.
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