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Sciatica or butt muscle pull

Postby snoopdhani » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:33 am

I pulled/activated something bending over to pick something up in the upper part of my butt/lower back.

Someone said I might have sciatica.

Anyone have any experience with it and how to treat and when you can get back to activity?

Does it go away?

Anyone know the difference between sciatica and a pull, like where your hips are in your lower back?

Someone also mentioned that it could be a hamstring pull?

I did not think you could get that from bending over to pick something up?
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Re: Sciatica or butt muscle pull

Postby John Duffield » Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:54 am

snoopdhani wrote:I pulled/activated something bending over to pick something up in the upper part of my butt.

Someone said I might have sciatica.

Anyone have any experience with it and how to treat and when you can ingget back to activity?

Does it go away?

Anyone know the difference between sciatica and a pull, like where your hips are in your lower back?


When I get a sciatica "attack" one knee goes kind of numb. An sciatica episode will last about 2 weeks, a muscle pull about 6 weeks.

Naturally, the best treatment is prevention. Gradually loosening up starting first thing in the morning. Some aerobics to get the muscles warmed before picking up heavy shit.

There are short ribs in your lower back that don't reach all the way around. The sciatic nerve runs near those. It's what triggers the episode.

Yoga worked for me.
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Re: Sciatica or butt muscle pull

Postby snoopdhani » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:36 am

do you work out during those 2 weeks or wait until it has cooled down.
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Re: Sciatica or butt muscle pull

Postby John Duffield » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:39 am

The most recent episode, was in mile 6 of a Half Marathon. Dunno what triggered it. Ran a 10 k - in pain - the very next weekend. But I knew it was just the Sciatica. The Sciatica feels better when worked. Hates to sit at a desk.

So you need to figure out what you have. As you are doing. Because you need to rest a pull.
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