Hey guys I'm new here and thought I'd share my story. I'm 24 and live in adelaide Australia. I've had bad buttock pain for a year. Mainly cannot sit but standing all day as a teacher is just as bad. the pain readiates down my legs. It started from no where and as I play footy I thought it was just tight glutes etc. So had endless pysio, cortisone injections without any luck and after a couple of months of constant pain got pretty worried.
I had an MRI scan on lumbar spine (clear), had steroid injections into si joints and facet joints to completely rule out the back. pain continued after injections so it was clear my back wasnt the issue (which I basically knew anyway). Had my buttocks MRI scanned and came back clear which really depressed and confused me. I took valium and endone to ease the pain for months. After 6 more months of no answer i got my buttocks ultra sounded by the best in the state. He found my sciatic nerve split and part of it ran through my piriformis muscle. He then looked at the MRI scan I had previousy had on the buttocks and found the issue there aswell. THERE IS A WARNING TO EVERYONE. GET A SECOND OPINION. THE MRI RADIOLIGIST WAS MEANT TO BE THE BEST IN THE STATE BUT STILL MISSED MY SCIATIC NERVE SPLIT AND COST ME 6 MONTHS WORTH OF PAIN.
So I saw a number of hip surgeons who are not experienced in the area but finally one (the only one in adelaide. and i had given up hope here and had plane tickets booked for sydney) has done piriformis release surgery. He is confident he can fix my problem. He deals and touches the sciatic nerve every day with his hip surgeries. He says I will be fine 2 weeks after surgery aswell as he will be very careful and doesnt cut musce but divides it. (knew age style). Surgery may seem drastic to some...but a year of pain with no help and a dependence on strong pain killers is a ridiculous life style for a 24 year old.
Anyways I am extremely nervous. Not so much about the surgery but what is riding on it. This is my chance to get my life back and be pain free. The depression of being in constant pain was so overwhelming I considered ending my life. I really need this to work. And I pray to god this is the end of a horror story for me. I will tell you guys if it works and I'll tell you the surgeons name etc...my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone wants to talk