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Triathlete with chronic piriformis

Im a 41 year old woman who has suffered with right “piriformis syndrome” and nerve pain on right side for 5 plus years. I’ve had MRIs, physical therapy, dry needling, massages, gone without exercise, continued my exercise... you name it I’ve tried it. I’ve just recently tried myofascial release therapy. My question is: does anyone else who tries to stretch out your piriformis with given exercises, end up irritating your nerve that much more? I’ve tried yoga and those poses are such a good feeling stretch at the time, but holy moly, it kills that evening and my right butt cheek and sit bone are on fire! Any suggestions? People suffering long term with this?



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  • ArizonaAArizona ArizonaPosts: 69

    Denise -. Same here. Stretching feels good enough, but stretching the sciatic nerve on the back of my thigh makes my pain much worse afterwards.

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  • sundeepssundeep Posts: 1
    edited 12/14/2017 - 2:47 PM


  • Denise, I've been too suffering from chronic piriformis pain for past 2.5 years. My pain flares up on prolonged sitting. I don't get sciatic pain while strecthing my piriformis. Avoid foam rolling on the sciatic nerve path. Did you ever tried strengthening core/gluteal muscles and flossing sciatic nerve? I think bad posture is the root cause of this chronic condition.

  • are you 100% sure it's piriformis? You mention you had an MRI. If a disc is bulging/herniated, in my experience, piriformis stretches exacerbate the pain the following day. My PT actually recommended piriformis stretches, but they always made my situation worse. I think i had a combination of piriformis and with 1 herniated and 1 bulging disc. Learning not to "grip" your glutes while standing helped me with glute pain. Good luck

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