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New and at the end of my rope - low back pain

Hi all,

I started with low back pain about 3 months ago and have chased it though several Drs with no relief. MRI showed some arthritis 2 facet joints, x-ray was perfect, bone scan clean and blood work perfect. At a loss.

chronic, low dull ache that migrates from center of low back to right buttock, thigh and sometimes hip
Worse when I sit for a long time or drive long distances
Anti inflammatories sort of help but nothing that totally takes the pain away (Advil, Celebrex)
PT seems to help but it comes back within a few hours
also achy in pelvic area but gyno ruled out anything female related (did have 3 cycts on left ovary)
Sports Medicine wrote down "Piriformis Syndrome" and sent me on my way

Any ideas or suggestions?



  • Stick with the PT for a few weeks, it might take awhile for it to truly work. Best of luck, hopefully it will resolve itself soon.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • My massage therapist told me she felt I had piriformis syndrome. She did some kind of deep tissue release technique and it felt better for several days afterward.

    I'm not a professional, so I can't tell you exactly what she did, but it definitely helped.
    (see profile for medical details)

    I *heart* my TENS unit.
  • Google this term to better understand this disorder . Also allow time for whatever is causing the pain , to heal and subside . This may mean months vs days or weeks . Avoid seeing a Surgeon if possible as the risks for complications like tissue scarring are high with back/ spinal surgery . Good luck .
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