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Sciatica help

post #1 of 6
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Oh, the nerve is already giving me a lot of grief.
Last time it was mainly after sex and my whole leg would feel numb and slightly painful.

This time it's sharp pain in the center of one butt cheek and it just happens any time. Ouch!

I am doing stretches throughout the day and sitting on an ice pack right this minute.

Please post any links or anything you know of that may help, I'm mainly looking for more stretches and exercises.

I know a chiro is a great idea but it's totally not in the budget right now.
post #2 of 6
Sometimes it helps me to massage the glutes to get rid of the pain. A tennis ball has been a great tool. It hurts a bit to work the muscle, but nice after... make sure you ice it after too.
post #3 of 6

This week my osteopath is giving my husband a little tutorial on how to do these pelvis loosening exercises on me. I will try to describe them once I know what they are! Maybe that will help. ;)

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Prenatal yoga helps me immensely with my pregnancy related hip and back pain as well as sciatic pain.  The DVD that I use is: http://www.amazon.com/Pregnancy-Labor-Birth-Colette-Crawford/dp/B0002RTJAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347930400&sr=8-1&keywords=yoga+for+pregnancy+labor+and+birth+collette+crawford.  She does suggest a couple stretches that should especially help with sciatica.  I found out several months after I had DD that what I thought was sciatica was actually piriformis syndrome, and there are specific stretches you can do for that: http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/stretches-and-exercise-sciatic-pain-piriformis-syndrome.  Hope  you find something that helps!

post #5 of 6

I'm guessing that you have piriformis syndrome because of the location of your pain (sharp pain in the center of your butt cheek). I have piriformis syndrome myself and was once told by a Physical Therapist that it's very common in people with a "flat butt." The piriformis muscle is a flat, triangle shaped muscle that connects your sacrum to your hip. The sciatic nerve typically runs behind the piriformis muscle, but in 17-20% of the population, the sciatic nerve runs directly through the belly of piriformis muscle. In this subset of the population, piriformis syndrome is common. The stretches posted by Brambleberry will definitely provide you with some relief. Here are a few more stretches that I've found to be easier on the prego belly. heartbeat.gif

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Originally Posted by JessNP View Post

I'm guessing that you have piriformis syndrome because of the location of your pain (sharp pain in the center of your butt cheek). I have piriformis syndrome myself and was once told by a Physical Therapist that it's very common in people with a "flat butt."

Interesting, thanks!

I'm certainly lower weight and flatter butt-ed with this pregnancy than my previous 2, so that could certainly have something to do with it.

Thanks for posting links and sharing suggestions everyone! Keep 'em coming. smile.gif
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