Tuesday, March 07, 2017
So after looking on various pages and sites online this is what I think I have.
The piriformis is what appears to be a relatively small muscle in the hip area.
The gist of things is that it runs past the sciatic nerve.
Yep that's the problem.
I have had pain in my outer hip and radiating down the outside of my thigh and sometimes down my calf all the way to my toes. I think I am fortunate because evidently some people hurt no matter what they do. I just hurt when I move.
Now while that is fortunate because I can sleep and rest it's not good for trying to get exercise. As soon as I walk more then across a room it starts in. It is worse when I am just standing or moving around the little bit it takes to cook in my kitchen.
So what I am doing are exercises I found online for piriformis and sciatic nerve issues which are really stretches.
That comes down to my reason for this blog.
There are a few things you should think about when you increase your exercise.
Might seem like common sense but I didn't do this.
If you lift weights make sure you work both muscles in eash group. By this I mean if you exercise your quads, the large muscles on the front of your thigh, make sure you also exercise your hamstrings, muscles on the back or your thighs. They oppose each other and need to be balanced.
It's good to spend extra time exercising the muscles you are using for a new or increased activity.
Also and this is the clincher. STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH
I am not good about stretching. I have never been good about stretching. I am paying for it because from what I can gather if I had been stretching regularly I would probably not have the literal pain in the butt I am experiencing.