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Sitting Problem

julie47jjulie47 Posts: 104
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Lower Back Pain
Yesterday and today I have been having increased pressure in my right hip and buttock when I sit. My warm water pool exercise class did little to relieve this problem.

I have taken tramadol in the morning both days and gabapentin in the late afternoon/early evening.

I am the kind of person who prefers to take as little medication as possible.

Any ideas and suggestions on how to ease this problem would be appreciated.


  • Hi there! I had the same problem. Sitting became so unbearable after going thru about 4 yrs of pain that one day I just could no longer sit on my left bottom cheek. I had herniations growing at L4/5&L5-S1. All I did was lay all summer 2011 and take 1200mg of Neurontin 3x a day plus multiple doses of valium and dilaudid. I DON'T LIKE TAKING MEDS EITHER!


    Is your pain mostly in your back or more down your legs? To me it sounds like sacroiliac dysfunction or perhaps nerve pain causing muscle spasms. My story is long and has been a very bumpy road until February 14 when I went by ambulance to the hospital and my latest pre-surgery mri showed my L5 S1 disc blown to smithereens. After near six years of suffering I finally had surgery, but still am left with pain similar to yours.
    I do not know your history but Have you ever seen a PHYsiatrist? I started seeing one early in my pain. They are doctors of physical medicine and would be able to check reflexology,trigger points that cause pain, Joint stability or instability,etc. They are great at offering insight into these types of problems. He may recomend a different type of physical therapy for you. Have your doctor write you an order to see one. The spelling and name look alot like psychiatrist but they couldn't be more different! Good luck! :)

  • Hi Julie :H ,

    I, too, have heard and read about a phychiatrist. I am very tempted to seek an opinion with one, since the physical issues with my cervical spine are at a point that I can only control my pain with meds. I have had 2 different docs tell me that. I, too, join the group who do not like meds, but have no other choice for pain relief :? .

    I don't know exactly what is the scope of a phychiatrist's practice. When I am able to sit on the computer longer than 20 to 30 minutes without my pain flaring up, I want to do some research on their practice. I cannot let a chiropractor touch this neck because of my 2 level fusion. I, too, would appreciate any information you find out, if you are seeking this avenue of treatment. Maybe some of our "Spiney Family" can enlighten us :))) .

    Rassy's Story
    Under House Arrest Without the Ankle Bracelet :-)
    The remarks I make are strictly my own based on my personal experiences.
  • Hey,

    I couldn't sit for months. I just took advil. I kept telling myself, I just need one more week. I'll get better. I should have taken time off of work but I didn't. Like my job too much I guess!!

    Eventually, I twisted and turned the wrong way throwing something in the garbage and ended up on my kitchen floor begging for an ice pack, crawled up stairs to go to bed... Finally, I ended up at a clinic on New Years Day. It was so bad that it would take me 15 minutes just to sit down, I had to wait for my muscles to relax on the toilet seat. Making number 2 became a very stressful experience.

    The doc at the clinic prescribed arthrotec and luckily I improved. I healed. I continued with physio and was good for years. My advice is to take the pain seriously. Rest is best. I wish I had been told how serious what had happened was. Just because you feel better doesn't mean your back is better. I should have been taking precautions to avoid re-injuring my back. Be very careful how you move. If you are on pain medication, it masks the pain. It makes you less aware of what is actually hurting you. It makes you less aware of what moves are further injuring your back.

    Hope you heal fast!! Let us know how you are doing soon!!
  • hey guys.. Nice discussion. Very well raised question because this is a common issue nowadays.. almost 80% people who are working in private or public organizations have to sit for long hours. Sitting problem can be avoid by healthy diet plan, proper exercise and walk.
  • Nearly six years ago (I am 22) I fell down the stairs and landed on my tailbone. I tried to go back to school but eventually had to medically withdraw because I couldn't tolerate sitting. My pain was mainly in my low back, so the many doctors I saw (including a physicatrist, pain specialists, chiropractor, and surgeons) tried one or two things and then increased my medicine. They thought my problem was with my SI joints, or my facet joints, possibly my L4/L5. I have had numerous cortisone injections and a nucleoplasty, TENS unit, and botox. I've even tried these weird electric sheets. My chiropractor also tried low level laser therapy. All to no avail. Due to an oversight by my doctor a cortisone overdose led to a neurological disorder. (pseudotumor cerebri) I was at the end of my rope I didn't think I could handle one more day of the same.
    Suddenly things have begun to turn around. I decided to try one last thing and went to see a Myofascial release therapist. It turns out I have a twisted tailbone and that has caused my sacrum and hips to twist as well. The numerous spinal taps (due to the PTC) have lead to a lot of scar tissue. She has helped with all of it. I haven't had this low level of pain level in years! I was able to go out to eat (sitting for about an hour!) for the first time in 5.5 yrs!

    Medicine: I have tried about everything there is. I am currently on Fentanyl (taking slow steps down), Morpine, tizanidine, Meloxicam, Naloxone and Effexor. I also hate taking medicine. And I find taking liquid tumeric helps with inflammation (found in most Indian dishes)

    I really have tried almost everything thats is out there. Hypnotherapy and biofeedback included. So if you have any questions I would love to help. I've learned how to navigate through this jungle we call medicine.
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