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Hi, this is my first post here and I am posting because I
am a bit desperate and need advice, my doctor has diagnosed me with Piriformis
Syndrome but I am not sure if it is, I am wondering if anyone on this forum who
has piriformis can tell me if it sounds like piriformis…
It started in 2012 when I was taking a long train trip, whilst
sitting for an extended period of time I got a nerve pain which felt like
electric shocks in my left hip.
Since then this pain has be reoccurring,
anti-inflammatory meds and some stretching seemed to keep it under control.
This pain seemed to come at random times sometimes when
standing and sometimes when sitting, but it always happened during the day.
However around 3 months ago it came back with a
vengeance, my wife has compared these nerve pain attacks to her contractions
during childbirth. The pain comes on suddenly, lasts around two minutes, is
severe enough that I have to hold onto something to not fall over, can barely breathe
and end up red in the face and light headed… and then disappears as suddenly as
it started. This is suddenly happening at night as well, sometimes 3 or 4 times
Now my doctor diagnosed me with Piriformis and told me to
google some stretches. I have been doing stretches and they are not working,
they actually seem to make it worse. Also the anti-inflammatory meds have
stopped working. When I used to take them it would give me a reprieve of
several days before the pain came back, now they don’t seem to do anything.
I have had an x ray and that doesn’t show anything. My
doctor made me do a lot of stretches to confirm Piriformis or Sciatica, I felt
nothing at all during these exercises, however an hour later when I was at home
the pain came on and I had the most painful night of my life.
I am not sure about being diagnosed with Piriformis… I
have read a few people who say that you can “walk off” the pain from Piriformis
Syndrome, the pain I have can’t be walked off. I thought it might be caused by
a muscle spasm but when I try to feel the muscle spasm as it happens I can’t
feel anything at all, there seems to be no tenderness in that muscle.