I have been suffering from pain for about 10 years. For the first 8 years or so, it was hard to specifically pinpoint the pain and I had actually thought it was lower left back pain. Only in the past 2 years, I could really feel it radiating in my left buttock when standing up after sitting down for several hours (I have an office job that requires me to sit 10+ hours). The pain this past year has gotten so bad that I've done Physical Therapy. I noticed the massages from Physical Therapy definitely loosened me up and gave me instant relief. The stretches and light strengthening exercises also gave me relief. Now, it was my fault I did not keep doing the PT exercises after it ended and now my pain has gotten worse than ever.
About two weeks ago, I sat at work for about 10 hours and by the time I got up to leave work, I was limping to my car in much pain. Once I got home, I took off my shirt and looked in the mirror and noticed my body was severely crooked and leaning to the right... it looked like my left hip was bulging out and swollen. Upon touching my left back, I could also tell that it was extremely rock solid and very tight. I did some Googling that night and I believe the term of what I experienced was an antalgic lean. I was forced to take the next day off from work and immediately saw a chiropractor. With my antalgic lean still slightly there the next day, the X-Ray my chiropractor took made my lower spine (L1 to L5) look crooked. I am praying very much that I do not actually have a crooked spine and that it was just due to my antalgic lean at the time the X-Ray was taken. The chiropractor immediately referred me to a Orthopedic, who said it looked like I had Piriformis Syndrome. Unfortunately, not much was done except that I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory and was told to buy a Backjoy seat to better my posture. The worst part was the Orthopedic could not even tell I had an antalgic lean... I asked her to look at my body a second time and she said there did not appear to be any red flags. The next day, I went to my primary care physician and requested an MRI. My MRI is expected next week, and I hope it can tell me exactly what is wrong. In the meantime, I was prescribed some Baclofen to relax my muscles.
As of now, I took three days off of work and I have been religiously doing my PT exercises as well as Piriformis stretches from what I can find online. The pain has decreased but I absolutely cannot get rid of the numbing pain I feel in my left buttock when I attempt to touch my toes with my legs straight. I can bend down to the point my hands touch my kneecap and then I feel the sharp numbing pain in my left buttock. If I really try, I can eventually touch my toes after a couple minutes but the pain gets worse... I have a feeling it might be my Piriformis getting inflamed and rubbing against my sciatic nerve from this stretch? I figure it is a normal stretch everyone can do so there shouldn't be too much harm to keep trying?
Anyway, can anyone better describe what I have? My pain from Googling definitely sounds like Piriformis Syndrome, but the part I can't figure out is why I fall into an antalgic lean after sitting for a couple hours? It is incredibly painful and I can't seem to find any articles related to Piriformis Syndrome causing this. I literally just drove around for 20 minutes, and felt my lean happen again after getting out of the car. Makes me question if I actually have something else. Does anyone have any insights to my problem or at least how I can prevent the antalgic lean? I can deal with the butt pain but don't want to be leaning around at work.