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Good morning. I have been diagnosed with piriformis syndrome recently after having MRIs done from my brain straight down through my pelvic region as well as an EMG which all came back normal. Although I was complaining of butt and hip pain with pins and needle feeling in my butt and legs my family doctor basically told me it was all in my head and wanted me to do a psychiatric consult. Told him this was not in my head it was in my butt and I refused the consult. I asked him about my piriformis muscle and physical therapy and was told he didn't check that as he didn't think of it and refused to send me to PT. I even explained to him that I can literally feel my muscle contracting and he still refused. Needless to say I am looking at finding a new GP.
I went to see the pain doctor and explained my symptoms to him and after doing his exam of me he diagnosed me with "piriformis dysfunction" and ordered physical therapy. I never once mentioned to him that I thought my piriformis was aggregating my nerve just told him my symptoms.
Anyways I have started PT three days ago and have been doing my home stretches religiously and I feel the nerve pain is getting worse. Does anyone know if this is common? I want to believe it is from the stretching and the sciatic nerve beginning to release and starting the healing process. Has PT ever made your symptoms worse before getting better? Thanks for reading and offering any advise. May we all have a blessed day.