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Can herniated disc make me more susceptible to piriformis symdrome?

In the past year or so I suddendly acquired piriformis symdrome (electrifying pain along the sciatic nerve down the leg). I'm not doing anything strenuous with my legs, but my back pain got worse. Most of the symdrome of my back pain affect the left side (e.g. more pain on the left, more numbness on the left, etc) Is it possible for the sciatic nerve to be aggravated by the herniated disc, causing it to become more susceptible to piriformis symdrome?

Now I have to do piriformis stretch almost daily to avoid having an episode of leg pain, sometimes in my sleep. Ouch.



  • I was misdiagnosed w piriformis syndrome when all this started for me. Turns out I had a level 3 disc herniation. Best to talk to a doctor about your concerns 

  • hi there piriformis pain can be excruciating as i have suffered from it on many occasions. i have multiple level disc herniations also so it very understandable. you should check with your doctors to get an accurate info. good luck

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  • Hi i suffered from piriformis pain for months and the burning and pain associated with it is horrible. Please seek out a spinal surgeon for confirmation.

    Good luck yo to you.

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