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    luvmydane is offline First Set
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    Unhappy Pain Where my Butt meets Back of thigh

    This is really embarrassing but I'll suck it up and here goes.

    For the past year and a half, I've had this pain in the back of my LEFT leg... It is exactly where my butt cheek meets my back thigh (the crease under my butt i guess). It is constantly getting worse. The pain sometimes goes down back to the middle of my hamstring. Really feels like something is pulled. I also have issues with my sciatic nerve on my right leg off and on. I have been to the Dr. The Dr. says the pain is caused by my back (although the x-rays and MRI of my back are fine). So I dont understand why he says that, but then again I'm not the doctor. I am sure that this pain is in some way associated with my sprinting in HIIT, though there was never one certain moment that I knew I did it. Its just been gradual...

    I have been to physical therapy and gotten a list of stretches to do and I do them. I still am getting worse. The physical therapist said not to run for two weeks. I've taken 6 weeks off of running before.. Still, no better at all. I've done all I know to do, ice, heat, rest, etc. It's always there. It causes me to need to shorten my stride with my left leg because big steps really hurt. When doing bulgarian squats (when my left leg is in the front) it is almost impossilble for me to stand ALL the way up at the end because the pain is so excruciating right underneath my butt to straighten my leg all the way up.

    Has anyone ever had a similar problem? I am tired of doctors and phys. therapists being unable to help me. I wonder if its even my back that is causing the problem.

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    SkianS40 is offline Third Set
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    I had a similar pain in my left leg at one point... and I REALLY noticed it when i would sprint. I thought it was a just a tight muscle and that it was something i could just run/jog off, but after a particularly hard day of training, my entire hamstring was black and blue.

    I rested it for a few weeks, bought a support for my quad/hamstring, and let it get back to 100% before i tried to exert any force on it again... So far i haven't had any additional problems with it (but im looking forward to see how it holds up to a day of skiing!)

    Your injury may be completely different than mine, but it does sound similar. I would try to rest it as much as possible and ease back into exercise...

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    luvmydane is offline First Set
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    Thanks Skian. Do you remember how long it took to recover from that?

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    i want to say that i took about 3 weeks off of running all together, then another 3 weeks of only jogging (no sprinting)... I didn't do ANY leg workouts for those 6 weeks because it took a while for it to feel comfortable again...

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    luvmydane is offline First Set
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    gawd, i wish i could take off that long.. guilt gets me BAD... .i always feel like a fat lazy slob if i dont get all my workouts in during the week!.. I guess I should get over that if i want to heal properly!

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    SkianS40 is offline Third Set
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    Try to find something that isn't such a strain on your hamstring... jumping rope?? eliptical maybe?? (i'm not sure about an eliptical, i dont use them)

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    Are you doing hamstring stretches before you work out? I've been plagued with lower back pain since the 70's when I was a runner. After years of trying all sorts of things , I finally discovered hamstring stretches and they have helped a lot.

    I face the kitchen counter, place my right heel on the countertop and hold it for 30 seconds. Then do the same for my left leg. I do this before my workout and, when my back flares up, do it every evening just before bed and every morning as soon as I get up. It's been a big help

    Mike C

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    I don't know why the Dr. would be telling you it's not your sciatica cause that's what it sounds like, but I'm not a Dr. The sciatic nerve can hurt people in different places for different reasons. My mom had a slipped disk in her lower back and had two back surgeries. The 13 years prior to her back surgeries, she would get lower back/sciatica, pinch nerves every once in a while. Sometimes it would flare up really badly to the point where she couldn't bend or move. One time she actually was lying on the floor and couldn't move and had to call the police. She was in her late thirties then, and she was in her early forties when she had the surgeries. She is 46 now, and gave up jogging cause she says it hurts her back when she does it.

    Now, I, on the other hand, have also experienced a pinch nerve in my sciatica and the handful of times I have gotten it, it felt EXACTLY like what you described. Two of the times I have felt it were because I was doing very high reps of lower body work like squats and lunges. I finished with the squat set, and during the first couple reps of the lunges I couldn't go on because it hurt so bad. It was like a sharp pain that was the strongest deep in my glutes, but it also ran down the back of my leg. I took a week off from working out that first time. The second time it happened, it basically went down the same way. But I didn't want to give up working out for a while again, cause as you said, I would feel like a fat slob. So I tried to go for a jog, and I couldn't do that either. So I can see how it may be brought on from sprinting for you, but for me it was an irritation caused (I think) by my glutes having too much tension.

    I have since avoided this by doing DEEP yoga stretches for my lower body, particularly hamstrings, BEFORE strength training. Sometimes I feel it coming on again during workouts, but I just take a break and stretch and continue.

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    I seem to be encountering the same problem. I have this sharp pain over my butt that extends down the back of my right leg. It gets really bad when I have been driving for a while. I don't know what is causing it or what it is or what to do about it and I don't have enough health insurance to be able to seek medical attention for it. Does anybody have any idea what this could be and how I could address it on my own without having to seek medical attention that I am unable to afford due to being, at this point, just about uninsured?

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    hello

    i have had the same pain about 9 yrs ago it was my L-4 L-5 area the verts were breaking up ,went thru 4 hrs surgury now am pain free ,have 2-magneizum rods in my back you need an M R I done to show whats there to cause this pain and it is hitting your nerve , when you walk in stores try leaning on a cart for support it will help

    larry

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    I have the same exact pain and its making me nuts; dont know what to do and after reading most of these threads on first page, im in same boat as all of you. Wish i knew what to do.

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    I have also had a similar issue with pain down the back of my leg. It can be that a bulging disc is causing the problem. What i have found works for me is doing back extension exercises - standing up and putting the hands on the top of the butt push forward to make an arch in the lower back and hold for a few seconds then back to the start and repeat. This can alleviate pressure that a bulging disc can put on the sciatic nerve.

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    There is no doubt about that your problem is not a normal problem. This is a chronic one. I am not a doc. That’s why all of my suggestion would be based on my past experience.

    Initially I also have been suffering from this type of pain. Keep in mind that pain was normal but painful. I need to learn some ways to get rid of from that type of pain.

    As we all know that thigh pain can be caused by a number of sources. But in most cases the pain is caused by a muscle strain that will from damage. If damage forms, but severe pain continues, then there could be other underlying medical explanations for the pain. Keep in mind that you are also the same person who has been suffering this type of problem when the source of your pain is still unidentified.

    Let’s discuss some ways right now. All of my suggestion would not help you to get rid of completely out of pain but it would definitely help you to minimize it.

    • First of all rest and get off your feet as much as possible. Don’t continue standing or performing an activity that adds a lot of stain to your thigh.

    • Although you did that. But this is not a bad idea. Apply a plastic bag of ice to the area of your thigh regularly where you are experiencing the pain. Do you know the exact ways? Leave the ice your thigh for 20 minutes and continue apply the ice every hours if the pain continues.

    • As you had mentioned that you have been suffering this pain for long time. So I guess this particular suggestion would work well for you. Just wrap your thigh with an elastic bandage, such as ACE wrap, to add compression to the area of pain on your thigh. This is very effective since this should reduce the swelling which in turn reduce the pain. You can purchase such bandage at a pharmacy or retail store.

    • You can apply this technique at your home. This is easiest one. Elevate your entire leg using pillows. Keep your thigh elevated to the same level as your chest. To do this you may need to lie on your side.

    • Now come to the medicine. Take anti-inflammatory medicine, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. I took it and I felt better. Before taking those medicine discuss with your physician.

    Continue these steps until your thigh feels like normal. Don’t forget to check up and consult with your doc regularly.

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