Hi all. New to the boards. I am a female runner who has had piriformis/sciatica pain for years. I also have had two microdiscectomies on my L5/S1 disc. I have recently been a bit freaked out with sciatica mainly in my butt that goes down the leg. It only bothers me when I do certain things. Tomorrow I have an MRI to check my spine and an appointment with my neurosurgeon Fri. I sleep on my side and when lying on the couch it is always on my side. I've come to the conclusion that side lying is probably shortening the piriformis muscle which in turn is giving me a tight butt causing sciatica. I don't think its a disc this time around, but will be relieved to just have the MRI.
I've come to a point in my life that I'm going to give up running due to too many injuries and given my spine problems, its probably the best thing. Tonight I'm going to try sleeping on my back with pillows under my legs. I read somewhere that side lying is bad for piriformis issues. I've been doing the stretches too. Here's to hoping that its just an angry butt muscle and not more spine stuff. Anyone else get better with changing sleep positions?
Microdiscectomy L5/S1 2010
Revision microdiscectomy after reherniation L5/S1 2014