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Pain in the butt

Discussion in 'Common Training Injuries' started by Chelonian, Oct 17, 2019.

  1. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    I’m going to be ‘cheeky’ and seek opinions about a lingering (about six months now) muscle pain in my butt. It’s a niggling pain which sometimes extends a short way down my left leg. If I press into the flesh of my left butt I can find what appears to be an apparently deep-set, tender area which is painful when pressed firmly.

    It doesn’t stop me from running but it’s definitely stopping me from enjoying doing so. Tried rest, stretching and had a general massage but I'm now considering seeing a specialist to get it fixed.

    Before I do so, any suggestions? Not seeking a diagnosis here; just a pointer as to what type of specialist I should be considering. @physiomum or @Hunter71 perhaps?

    It's probably some sort of karmic retribution for my being a pain in the *text deleted*.
     
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  2. Ninja_Stoker

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    Appreciate you're not seeking diagnosis but pain radiating from the buttocks to the back of the knee is usually associated with sciatica.

    I was sent to see a chiropractor whilst in Denmark, with this condition. Walked-in, stretchered-out, casevac home.

    The cure, for me, was stretches, as advised by an RN physio was half a dozen dorsal press-ups per HOUR during the day and likewise on six reps laying your back and drawing the knees up to the chest (far less stress than bending to touch your toes).

    It made for an interesting day working as a firefighting instructor at the time, but it worked for me.

    Anyway, hopefully those medically qualified can give you a better pointer.
     
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  3. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Moderator

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    Trust you to talk about your @rse cheek and tag two of our lovely ladies in.

    I think instead of @physiomum we book you in with @The guide instead. Typical maroon machine..

    Have a google of piriformis syndrome mate. Essentially the piriformis is a muscle that sits deep behind the glutes and is responsible for external rotation of the hip joint. Next to the piriformis is the sciatic nerve. When the nerve gets irritated, either through repetitive activities like running or prolonged sitting, this causes a deep, dull pain that can extend down the leg.
     
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  4. Chelonian

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    Cheers. Interestingly, the second exercise is a part of my daily routine.
    My first thought a few months ago after consulting Dr Google was that I might have sciatica.

    The thought crossed my mind for a moment but I suspected that a "It's painful when I run" symptom would receive a "Well, stop running then. Next!" response. :)

    Someone else mentioned piriformis. If I probe the side of my butt with a knuckle (no laughing in the cheap seats please) I can home in on what seems to be a very tender, moderately painful, deep muscle.

    Oddly, the pain when running subsides or vanishes when I'm running uphill. Clearly I need to run down a hill eventually in order to return home.

    A classic example below conveys why I don't entirely depend on Dr Google. -banghead-

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  5. physiomum

    physiomum Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Chelonian sorry missed this till now Could be sciatica, hamstring tendinopathy or piriformis. Difficult to say without examining and further questioning. A good physio would be my first port of call. Will PM you.
     
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  6. Ninja_Stoker

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    Eew, glad I'm not a physio.
     
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  7. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    So am I. :eek:
     
  8. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    Reminds me of the guy, who after been asked to strip off at the Doctors, asked where he should put his clothes. "Over there with mine", was the reply! :D

    Alan
     
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  9. arny01

    arny01 Ex Pongo.

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    Get yourself a Lacrosse Ball @Chelonian and find the tight painful areas and gently massage them yourself. Plenty of good videos on YT for lacrosse ball massage in the Glutes. Although a good physio and proper diagnosis maybe be the first port of call for you?
     
  10. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    I had no idea that you were a lacrosse enthusiast. Did you ever play against a Blammo from Port Talbot? :)

    But seriously I've addressed the tender area by placing my body weight on a cricket ball. I knew I had found the errm... sweet spot when my cursing and profanities offended the more sensitive family members at home. The 'swear box' in my house is a large bucket. :(

    I've now replaced the cricket ball with a knackered tennis ball which for now is more tolerable.

    I agree that a proper diagnosis is the best path. I've already exhausted the typical bloke's method of attempting to defeat an injury by training through it.
     
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