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Piriformis syndrome- who knew? And halfway to goal

Friday, March 28, 2014

So, the afternoon after the 8K my hip was a little stiff. But it was better by the time I got home so I ran a practice 5K and it started hurting again and then I tried to jog a mile the next day and from then on I've had pretty bad sciatic pain. My daughter, the PT says it is probably piriformis syndrome. I'm a nurse and I swear I never learned there was such a muscle. It is deep in the buttock and while it is not a major mover of anything it appears to be involved in its own little way in everything the hip can do. The sciatic nerve goes beside it or through it and is affected by it. I took flexeril and slept for two days, but it didn't help the pain and neither did the nsaids I also took( plus hot and cold packs). Bedrest isn't supposed to help. Gentle stretching after the acute phase can. So I guess you just have to hobble around and wait for it to get better. The worst thing is sitting! It is a common overuse running injury,
An overuse injury! Of all things. Just when I was feeling OK about my foot. I need to get it into my head that just because I feel good WHILE doing things it doesn't mean I'm not overdoing it. Especially at this weight. So I am officially banning myself from thinking about personal records, times, and jogging a full 5 K. I hope I can still be in the Diva 5K. If I'm able - I forbid myself to do anything else than run 1 min walk 4. Maybe when I get to a normal weight, I can build up to a 5 K again.
Speaking of weight, I'm halfway to goal. In spite of the fact that I laid around for the past several days I still lost a pound. Go figure. It has been six months since I started and I have lost 30 pounds. I'm happy with that. The next 6 months will probably be a slower loss, but I'm prepared for that. I'm satisfied with how my healthy eating plan is going. I've traveled, had pizza with the fam and survived. I haven't been tempted to binge or eat junk. I have been able to tolerate my husband having a few junk snacks around for short periods of time. Part of me wonders - "can this last?" Then I answer yes, why not?. But I take one day at a time.
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    I Hope you recover quickly :)
    1421 days ago
    Congrats on being halfway to your goal! And yes, we have to take things slow and easy -- I'm very sensitive about overdoing because I don't want to injure myself. Take care!!!
    1425 days ago
    It's hard to deal with an injury like this and you've gotten some good advice already. Congrats on the 30 pounds. That's 120 lbs less pressure on your joints already. Just think when you reach goal. You'll feel like you're flying.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with run/walking a 5K.
    Take it gradually, time and distance.
    1425 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    This blog jumped out at me--dh just spent a week practically unable to move, apparently from piriformis issues. In addition to overuse, it can apparently be related to various muscles overcompensating for previous injury (in my husband's case, he had an injury on the calf muscle and the knee ligaments on the problematic side--but for once he hadn't been over-exercising....)

    The PT did some deep massage on the calf--it made a huge difference. And you even have one in the family. :-)

    Hope it clears up soon--and congratulations on the half-way mark!!
    1426 days ago
    Congrats on the thirty pounds! Hope you heal quickly!
    1426 days ago
    congrats on the 30 lbs weight loss, and learning more about that body you live in!! seems the older we get, we find out the hard way about parts we never knew we had emoticon Feel better emoticon emoticon
    1427 days ago
    Wow! So many people don't know about Piriformis syndrome! I thought I had a foot problem that turned into a knee problem that made it so I couldn't run. Then I read about Piriformis syndrome and thought it sounded like my symptoms. So I started to loosen my hips. It helped tremendously! I am back to running and lovin it! emoticon
    1427 days ago
    You're wise to listen to your body's signals and do what you need to do to allow it to heal. Not always easy when you just want to get out there and RUN!

    Feel better soon!
    1427 days ago
    Congratulations on getting to your half way point! WTG! One day at a time works. A walker I will always be; it works too. I hope your hip is better soon.
    1428 days ago
    Ouch. Hope you find a remedy soon.
    1428 days ago
    Congrats on 30 pound loss! That is AWESOME!! Your commitment to fitness and health run-walking, rather than mindless pursuit of inappropriate goals, is just great! Hmmm, I'm trying to figure out what is appropriate for me. Thanks for sharing your experience and viewpoint. -Marsha
    1428 days ago
  • THIN133
    Congratulations on losing half of your goal weight ! Yay!!! That's a great accomplishment ! Sorry to hear about your injury...I hope it heals up very quickly & you'll be able to resume your running as you would like to.Take care !
    1428 days ago
    Hope for a quick recovery
    1428 days ago
    hope you feel better,and heal quickly, congratulations on our weight loss to your goal.
    1428 days ago
    Woo- hoo! For losing the weight and so much progress to your goal! You're awesome!
    1428 days ago
  • NHES220
    Congrats on being halfway to your goal! Be careful on not increasing your mileage or your time too quickly or it will lead to the overuse injuries. Rule of thumb is not to increase more than 10% per week - time or distance. Hope you are feeling better soon!
    1428 days ago
    Best Wishes to you. Nothing more frustrating than having the motivation to push your body hard, but your body not cooperating. I took up running last summer, at 265 pounds. Eventually my ankle " cried uncle" and I had to back off for a while. I February, I pulled something in my lower back, and am just getting back to full force recently. I do think foam rolling will help. Take it in stride ( pun intended) and Don't let it cause you to throw in the towel completely!


    1428 days ago
  • DLITE719
    Find an Acupuncturist quick. This will really help, I promise.
    1428 days ago
    Oh my! I'm sorry. I'm dealing with a very tight piriformis muscle. It's part of the mix with the iliosacral joint. Everyone who has experienced problems with the piriformis who has talked to me says things like "Oh. I'm sorry. You will heal eventually." or "Don't be discouraged. It gets better." The foam roller is my best friend to relax that muscle. It hurts like hell while I'm doing it but when I'm done I feel so much better. I roll on the side of the hip, not straight across the buttocks. I'm an my side. I know when I'm getting to it because I can feel the knot way down deep. It hurts and feels good all at once. It's really sick. Don't mess around. See a PT or chiropractor or something.
    1428 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am so sympathetic with you. I had sciatica pain and had to do PT. I have not heard of that tiny muscle but I am sure it is there. Are you going to get PT to help? I hope you feel better soon.

    You have done a great job of losing those 30 pounds and running. I know the next months will be successful ones for you.

    1428 days ago
    Hope you heal quickly!
    1428 days ago
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