Hello. I'm a 37 year old male (6'6" about 210lbs) that has been experiencing soreness in my right buttock. This pain tends to be the worst when I am sitting. I do sit a lot for my job as a PC technician, but I also try to get up and move around as much as possible. It gets so bad that it's hard to sit. I end up shifting to my left buttock to take pressure off of the right but this doesn't help much.
A little history on me:
I was referred to a chiropractor by my primary care physician about 4 years ago due to getting a sharp pain when bending over to close a toilet seat lid. It’s pretty sad that you can get hurt from doing something so mundane. Anyway, she x-rayed me and then began giving me regular adjustments. The pain would come and go every few months and usually last no longer than a few days. I figured the adjustments were necessary. After a really bad episode about a year and a half ago she sent me back to my primary care physician and had him refer me to physical therapy.
Physical therapy did help, but after about 3 weeks of it and realizing how expensive it can be even with insurance I stopped going. I did continue the exercises they had given me and also started using my treadmill and lifting free weights. This made a big difference and my pain went away for quite some time.
I ended up having another episode probably about a year ago now. Some friends of ours have a son who had seen a different chiropractor that practices the gonstead technique. I decided I'd give him a try so went back to my PCP for another referral. Seeing him did help and it took care of that episode.
With the episode I am having right now, which is completely different as it's not in my back but instead my buttock, I started by going back to the gonstead chiropractor. After a few visits, and a couple of weeks, the pain remained. I went back to my PCP and was sent for x-rays. The x-rays showed "some spinal anomalies, but nothing that should be causing the pain you are experiencing."
My PCP says my only option now is more physical therapy. I don't want more physical therapy. I want to know what the problem is and how to get it resolved.
It hurts when getting in and out of my car, bending over to tie my shoes, getting in and out of a chair, and after I've been sitting for a while. Usually in the morning I start out okay but not for long. I am currently on Celebrex and an anti-inflammatory. I find that the only complete relief I get is when I'm laying on my back. Also an icepack does help with the pain.
Any advice would be appreciated. What to look into next would be helpful.
NO, your only option is not more physical therapy.
I am not a doctor, however - With due respect to your chiropractors, they do not in my opinion help a person who has back pain.
I would highly recommend that you seek out the best neurologist/spinal surgeon in your area and make an appointment. The sooner the better.
Where to find the best spine doctors (that is an MD)? Talk to those you know and find out which ones they hold in high regard, and also the ones they do not like. If you live in an area with a professional sports team, call up their office and ask for the name of the spinal doctor they use for their players.
Wish you the best. Do let us know how things go for you.
I have sciatica as well, and I get that same pain in the butt cheek and down the leg and it drives me insane. The best thing that I ever did for my sciatica was getting a deep tissue massage whenever I have flare ups. It really does help, at least i did for me, and you wouldn't believe the relief of pain that it offers.
I'm finally back. It's taken a while to get an MRI referral from my PCP, the actual MRI, and then another visit to my PCP for the results which was this morning. It turns out that I have a herniated disc between L4 and L5 which is pushing on my sciatic and causing the pain I am experiencing.
The pain has changed since my first post. It is no longer in the buttock, but has moved down to the upper back part of my right leg. It's a pulsing deep pain and I also have moments of tingling in my right foot.
On a side note, the anomaly from my original x-ray was a partial fusion of my sacrum and lowest lumbar. My PCP feels that although it could be an issue at some point, it's not the cause of my current discomfort. I'll discuss that with my specialist.
My PCP has referred me to a local neurosurgeon and requested that he try to get me in ASAP. I'm awaiting a response.
The good news is that there is an end in sight to this problem now that a reason for the pain has been given. RichT, I am very thankful that you recommended the course of action that I took. I had to go through my PCP for the referrals, but outside of that I'm taking the specialist path.
Thanks again, and here's to no future back/leg pain!
I started googling my problems and found yours I'm having the same problem some days I can't even walk or I can walk for a little bit but I always find a place to sit down the pain hurts so bad there has also been times it got so bad while walking I'd fall I am a mother of 3 and a house wife mine does just like yours I can go months and then the pain just start right back up like right now I'm in pain from it and I have went to ER's and doctors but they never tell me nothing just prescribe me pain pills and send me home I want to know what is going on and so far no doctor can tell me