Patient Comments: Piriformis Syndrome - Symptoms


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Comment from: G.T., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

This is my second attack of piriformis syndrome. First one was for three months last year. I treated pretty much in two weeks this time. This is my treatment method I applied to myself (not recommended for everyone): Infrared (for improve blood circulation), valerian root extract (for mental distress), acemetacin (for pain relief an inflammation), vitamins C, D3 and B3, glucosamine-chondroitin and magnesium (for muscle regeneration and relaxation), and rest.

Comment from: Sammie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have had piriformis syndrome for months and did not know what it was. I cannot sleep on the left side at all. Hip x-ray was negative, and no new back injury. I tried a floor exercise and it helped. Avoiding constipation helps me. I already take gabapentin for old back and neck injury. I am trying creams. Will try more exercises. I am hopeful.

Comment from: Unlucky cyclist, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I was pushed deliberately into oncoming traffic whilst cycling. One of my injuries was piriformis syndrome from the trauma. I have chronic pain spasms from hip to toes. I can't get up unaided, sit or lie down. I was tested for blood clots as leg and calf are so swollen. No feeling on the left side of calf and toes still. Walking is an issue. I am on morphine and Valium. I lost so many days out of it. I was offered ice laser therapy, however not free, but I am getting pain relief and results. It is a 6 weeks course, and it’s only been 2 weeks, so hopeful. The incident was on 19.6.19.

Comment from: Marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

My pain from piriformis syndrome started in my left hip radiating into the groin area. The pain and stiffness hits so bad I have to physically lift and move my left leg while sitting in an attempt to get out of my chair so I can stand up and try to walk off some of the pain. I have tried all that was recommended to no avail. I wait for my insurance to approve steroid injections. This pain has been with me for 3 months and getting worse, daily.

Comment from: RNKim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have a deep ache in my left buttock from piriformis syndrome. I have a desk job. It aches after sitting, and worse lying down. I often wake up with excruciating spasm behind my knee. Sometimes my whole leg spasms, hips and toes. It is the worst pain ever and crippling. Stretching in the morning really helps. Stretching at night seems to trigger spasms. It has interfered with the quality of my life.

Comment from: Chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

Yes, I have pirifomis syndrome (PS). Before finding out about PS, I thought it was an acute back spasm. I even went to the doctor and received a shot in my back. Once I got massage for my 'back' problem and she quickly started to work on my pirifomis. I had instant relief. Unfortunately, my insurance doesn't pay for massages. It seems to be the only thing that works. I would like to try a steroid shot because they do help.

Comment from: Billie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I’ve experienced a dull ache to sharp, stabbing pain in my left buttock from piriformis syndrome. It flares up more when sitting. I’ve experienced muscle cramping all the way down to my foot.

Comment from: Lola, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have severe pain in both my buttocks that radiates down the back of my thighs. It hurts even when I cough or lie down in bed on my stomach. Nothing I do seems to help my piriformis syndrome.

Comment from: Evie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I have had piriformis syndrome for nearly 7 weeks now. It started gradually when I was able to deal with the pain with Co-codamol. It quickly became agonizing when I could barely put one foot in front of the other to walk, getting in and out of the car and even driving was the same as was climbing stairs. I have pain in my right buttock and foot. After 5 weeks buttock pain eased but I am still experiencing foot pain, although now milder. I couldn't find any medication, not even morphine to help at the height of the pain.

Comment from: Ollie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Numbness in left foot is my piriformis syndrome symptom. I have put my foot in cold water to try to make pain go away. It hurts when I walk, feels like my hips hurt. I cannot sleep at night, I only sleep 2 days a week, and if I have to stand in a queue it hurts like mad. I cannot sit for long, I get tingling in foot and it hurts above my ankle. It drives me mad because it hurts more and feels very sensitive.


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Comment from: Emmadak, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I started to experience acute pain in my right buttock while lying down. The pain from piriformis syndrome is hard to describe. I guess it would be a clamping kind of pain that keeps me awake at night.

Comment from: Bhuvana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

My pain from piriformis syndrome radiates from my left buttock close to the hip bone and travels down to my legs. Sometimes it gets aggravated on walking. I can't sit down for a long time, either cross legged or the pain is there even when I stretch my legs and sit down. Sometimes it is better with hamstring stretches again the pain starts soon.

Comment from: LMT , 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 12

Too bad massage therapy is not mentioned in this article. Piriformis syndrome pain can be treated and relieved with massage, usually in 5 to 10 minutes, with lasting results.


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