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For some reason I have begun to feel sciatic pain in my left butt. It seemed to start after a particularly tough long run about 4 or 5 weeks ago, and slowly got worse and worse until I could hardly sit or drive a vehicle without extreme discomfort. In order to run I have to start with a mile or two of run/walk to eliminate any pain or stiffness, and after that I'm OK for as long as I want to run, but the soreness comes back soon after stopping running. If I bend over to untie my shoes I have no strength in my left leg, and I have to lift my foot to reach the laces. With a marathon on the horizon (Feb 17) I want to get rid of this problem and focus on some good running, but it appears this isn't in the cards. I even took the last 3 days off, but I can still feel the soreness. I will try a run today to see how the leg responds, but I am not optimistic.<br><br>
What remedies are out there for a problem like this?
 

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I am having this issue, too. I've always had sciatica problems, and after a particularly long run it will really kick in. My friend, a masseuse, was rubbing it out a couple weeks ago and she said it's either really deep in there, or it could be my gluts. So, I've been trying to stretch those out a bit more than normally to see if it helps. This has been a recovery week for me so there's no telling if that will solve it until my next good long run which will be next weekend. Have you had a massage lately?
 

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Nope! I will look around to see if there is anyone here that can do one. Mine is deep as well. Feels like it's right on the point of my hip bone in my butt. I also get pain radiating down the inside of my left leg to just above the knee joint. Pain may be too strong a word. Discomfort is a better description.
 

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Look up piriformis syndrome...it is a MAJOR cause of sciatic pain. I will post a link to a page that can be helpful to you. The problem can actually be starting in your soleus muscle which is causing your piriformis muscle to go into "spasm". The piriformis sits kinda on the sciatic which is why the pain shoots down the leg. <a href="http://www.tpmassageball.com/upperhamstring.php?id=17" target="_blank">http://www.tpmassageball.com/upperhamstring.php?id=17</a><br><br>
There are 4 articles in the box. This website is very informative, even though they are selling something. You can get the same benefits from someone using their thumb on the trigger points or foam rolling the areas of concern. Good Luck and PM me if you have questions..
 

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Thanks for the link. That's interesting stuff, particularly about it being the soleus that causes the problem. I do a lot of driving and my left leg typically rests as shown. Also, I had a medical last Feb where the exercise physio told me my calves were really tight, causing a loss of flexibility. She told me to stretch faithfully and I did....for about a week. Haven't stretched them since, but I guess I shoulda!!
 

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The important thing is to relieve the adhesions in order to get a deeper stretch, hence the foam rolling/trigger point/ deep tissue massage. You wanna release the muscle before you stretch it.
 

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Ahhh! OK! I don't have a roller but I've been doing a deep massage into my butt cheeks around the point in my hip on the back. Seems to help. Thanks to the article I'm doing a much more intensive stretch on my calves too. Yesterday I finished a 17 mile run without incident and today I feel pretty good.
 

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Great!! It will be off and on for a while.... it took me six years about to figure it all out and about 5 months to get it fixed. If I am not diligent, it comes back. But, I had surgery on that side, so that is the root of it for me.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">I never post...but I had to say thanks. I have been battling this problem for about a month now and it's been getting me down. The links you provided described exactly how I sit all day. I will fix that...hope the numb buttocks go away!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Thanks for the post!!!
 

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You say that like it's some sort of new croissant!<br><br>
Thank you waiter! I think I'll have a numb buttock with strawberry jam! Cool!!
 

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So, have you guys tried actually sitting properly like the article shows--at your desk and in your car?? It is VERY har to do when you are not used to it. I am almost getting sore from holding my legs in the right position!!
 

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It's driving me nuts trying to correct the way i sit. I may get some rope tied in a loop and put it over both knees to prevent my leg from pointing out. I spend all day sitting at my desk...not easy. Thanks again!
 

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I didn't come in here because I didn't know what a sciata(?) was, but I'm leaving with some good info! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks for the link. Whats scary is reading up on some of this stuff, it sounds alot like the symptoms I am having ( sore hip/groin, tilted pelvis, lower back pain ) and to think a sports med Dr told me a few months ago that I had arthritis, guess I do really need to get a second opinion. That and start stretching regularly and getting some deep tissue massages.
 

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Piriformis syndrome sucks!<br><br>
I'd been battling some lower right leg issues lately, and I think they were actually exacerbated or even caused by a slowly developing piriformis issue, if those tender spots just to either side of my hip are any indication.<br><br>
I noticed it on my longer runs lately - I've had numbness in my right foot and there seemed to be no real pushoff power on my right leg overall, which in turn caused my quads to overwork. I thought maybe the lower leg issues were causing this quad overload, but I think we figured out the real culprit near the end of my session as he uncovered a verrry tender spot right where my piriformis, which are most like irritating the nerves down below. Some self-examination later last night uncovered I have a nice tender spot on the left side that's not causing any issues...yet.<br><br>
Sucks to think I may really really need to take some time off from running, biking etc., but we'll see if all the usual suspects (stretching, massage, etc.) can head this off at the pass.
 

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My problems continue to improve due to the stretching. A couple of days ago I found something else to help improve things. I used to be a heel striker but over the last year or so I managed to convert to a flat foot landing. I think that contributed to my problem because I went back to heel striking several days ago and could immediately feel the "stretch" in my left butt muscles. This morning I did 10 miles at a good pace with heel striking and have no pain at all right now. This weekend is a planned 18 miler so we will see what happens on that run.
 

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I had it, foot numbness, and all, and I have to say it's completely gone with no other explanation that more miles and a less sedentary lifestyle.<br><br>
I.could.barely.get.out.of.my.car.
 

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I'd say TJOCF has the best info out there with piriformis syndrome. That leads to the sciatic pain that I endure occasionally. I have found that yoga and good stretching keeps the muscles from getting too tight and aggravating the nerve. Also, I try not to sit in a chair for too long. Getting up in regular intervals and moving around can help alleviate the pressure on the nerve. I have also found that putting the backside of your car seat back just a hair can alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
 
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