Hey there Spine-healthers,
I've been aware of my piriformis syndrome for about 5 years now. Truth be told I don't have it as bad as other people and I try to keep light about it and stay active. But since last weekend it has sharply turned to agonizing and debilitating. The story about what led up to the pain is below, but here's some background about my condition for those who are interested:
I have a leg length differential, minor scoliosis, and passions for both running and sitting down in front of computers. Usually it just presents as a noticeable asymmetry soreness between stretching my left leg vs my right, and occasional discomfort (not really pain). The worse it has been is when I overdo running: I get pain that extends from my foot to my back that spikes when I put the slightest weight on the leg--it's so debilitating that I feel I need crutches to operate--but that pain subsides within 2-3 days to something bearable (I'm 25 and dead average BMI btw).
Here's the story in bullets:
Saturday morning I went paintballing. I was wearing thick, sturdy pants which may have been pinching my waist while I was in stance behind cover. I do not remember any moment where I felt I had injured myself.
Saturday afternoon/night I felt a bit of the pinchedness but wasn't in bad pain.
Sunday morning was a sharp increase in pain. Getting out of bed, bending over, or twisting my torso all were so painful that my actions became awkward while doing them. Sitting was okay, but I started to self-limit my range of motion because of the pain.
Monday I felt better slowly.
Tuesday I continued to feel better and even went to fencing practice. It was a bit painful, but totally bearable.
Wednesday I continued to feel better.
Thursday morning (today) I had a super increase in pain, even worse than I was on Sunday. I experience waves of pain every few seconds while sitting and the pain is messing up my gait when I walk. My desired range of motion is very small.
My current plan is to stretch/nerve-floss every two hours, ice the area, and take ibuprofen and magnilife every four hours. I'm probably going to call off exercising for the next few days, but I can't be nonoperational while at work or in class. I don't know how, but I think I somehow severely irritated the area while paintballing and ended up sleeping in poor positions Saturday and Wednesday night. If this is a recovery pattern it's unlike ones I have felt before, so I'm unsure of what to do.
If any of you happen to be real MD's don't be afraid to lay down complicated stuff, one of my majors in undergrad was neuroscience.****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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