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Trying to Understand How Pain Travels

bobp55bbobp55 Posts: 1
edited 07/18/2015 - 9:44 PM in Lower Back Pain
I hurt the right side of my lower back two weeks ago while biking. I saw a chiropractor twice last week. He ran a series of tests and concluded that the problem was muscular. But I think there may be some sciatica involved. The pain is in my lower back and under the pelvic girdle and in the glute. Also my right quad feels achy and weak (but doesn't act weak when I walk). It hurts most when I bend forward or to the right or twist.

Objectively, there is a knot in my lower right back, which I have been working on with a tennis ball. There is also tenderness in my glute, especially the outer part. Stretching and strengthening exercises have helped some and I can move around more freely but I am not anywhere near being able to work out like I normally do or even do regular activities line mowing the lawn.

Now to my questions :

When I use a tennis ball to massage the knot, it increases the pain in my right quadricep. Bending forward also increases it. When I massage the outer glute trigger point with a tennis ball, pain shoots into my right hamstring. Is this a typical path sensation for someone that has only muscular tightness/knots?

One other data point. I tried doing one of the trunk side bend stretches I've done in the past. But this time after bending my trunk to the right a few times, a little beyond the pain, the result was tingliness in my right leg down to the foot, which lasted for an hour before resolving.

On my last chiro visit, he did a deep (to me) massage along my spine and trigger point release on the outer right glute. I felt real good for about 30 minutes but after that my leg felt tingly down to my foot. It stayed for 6 hours, resolving only after I rode my spinning bike lightly for 20 minutes.

Any thoughts?

Bob P

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