Have you even heard of this thing? I know I haven't. At least, not until a week ago.
I'd been walking around with what started out to be mimicking sciatica. It happens from time to time, so I shrugged it off and went on with life. Then it started to get a little more uncomfortable & to the point where I couldn't sleep at night or even sit down for more than a few minutes at a time. I couldn't press my foot to the gas pedal in the car.
The pain was awful and it radiated from my right butt cheek to the bottom of my foot.
Finally, I called my primary doctor and raced into the office the minute they said they'd see me right away... He said it was a case of sciatica and gave me some anti-inflammatory meds, an oral steroid and some pain killers. I was so hopeful as I skipped into the pharmacy, sure I'd feel normal in a day or two.... Seriously, nothing helped!
So I went a week and called back to say that nothing gave me any relief and he promptly ordered an x-ray which revealed no telling signs of an injury, slipped disk, etc.
By the end of that same week, I'd done a lot of research on the internet and finally decided to go to a chiropractor, whom I was sure could help me. Well, it's still a work in progress - (with physical therapy every other day) ... but he finally told me what it was.
The piriformis muscle. I was having such irritation and discomfort because it runs along the sciatic nerve and it is inflamed which is causing the friction. I kid you not, this is pure hell.. what I'm going through. There is nothing you can really do to relieve the pain - My chiropractor does the stretches and uses different deep tissue techniques as well as the deep tissue massage. In fact, he looked at my x-rays and noted that I was badly misaligned. Which explains why my right side is higher than my left right now. My hips are badly off balance. When I walk, you can see it really well. Sometimes it's worse than others.
I know everyone says that chiropractors don't hurt, and I believe that they don't, but unfortunately, in my case, because it is a muscle and a nerve, it actually does hurt quite a bit. It's very tender & very sensitive to the touch. I try to tough it out because I want the therapy to be effective - I feel some days it is and some days, not so much. I wish I could get a really good night's sleep. : ( It really has been about 2 weeks now, that I haven't been able to sleep good at all. Many nights, I have to get up and walk the house because the pressure of laying down hurts so bad... as does sitting down. What a scenario eh?
It sucks.. Plain and simple. I want to be back to my regular, active self. Bending down, picking up laundry, cleaning, driving with no pain. Wahhhh!