Remember The Jokes About Being A Pain In The Butt?Who'd have known that we could really suffer from such a malady!
For about two years I've suffered from mild to moderate pain deep in the right buttock area, and only occasional numbness. Upon retrospect I've recently realized that it probably started after a hard fall while trying out my new gas-powered pole pruner, cutting a branch too long which sprung off of some lower branches and knocked me to the ground, the butt of the branch digging a big gouge in both legs for good measure. I hit hard (but saved the saw!) it wasn't until the bruises had faded and I'd picked out all the sawdust from the cuts that the pain started in my hip.
Now as time passed I have had a very busy summer with some intensive gardening and the pain has steadily grown so bad that nights have become a nightmare, the area stiffens up and great pain, so that rolling over is a chore and it takes some time for the pain to quiet down after trips to the bathroom. My leg goes numb from hip to top of foot when I get up from sitting, laying or bending over. So far the stretches I've found on the internet have not helped a whole lot. I know that rest is important but I hate sitting or laying around, so I just go at a slower pace.
What I do know is that how your body moves in the walking cycle is important, whether or not your feet pronate properly, how proper your posture is, your diet, your footwear and your bed are all important, too. This problem is a body out of balance and getting back in square is the key.
As I don't have medical insurance or sufficient income, a doctor's care or physical rehab is out for me, but as I learn more about posture, walking gait deficiencies, even anatomy and anything else that a lay person can do to treat this malady I hope to implement it and share it with you who suffer from a quirky ailment known as Piriformis Syndrome or as I like to call it...a big pain in the butt.