Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Pain in the Bum

It's been a week since my injury.  Well, ten days since the onset, but a week since I really started feeling pain after running seven miles.  I tried to run for 15 minutes last night.  It hurt.  I couldn't keep running.

The sports injury doctor's diagnosis - Piriformis Syndrome.  AKA A Pain in the Bum.  Basically my piriformis muscle is swelling and compressing my sciatic nerves and causing all sorts of issues.

I don't really have much else to say.  Looks like both the marathon and the 50 miler are both out, despite all the training I put in through the winter.  If I can't run a mile now without pain, I don't think I'm going to be able to do 26.2 in seven days.

This stinks.


  1. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. My piriformis gets tight and I have found that sitting and rolling on a tennis ball really helps work it out. It is a deep muscle so it is hard to get it adequately with a foam roller. I roll it with a tennis ball and then stretch thoroughly. Hope you heal up quickly!! Good luck.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear this :( I can only imagine how upset you are. That is such a tough injury too - it seems to just be a nagging little bugger too. I hope rest helps and you're back to 100% soon!

  3. Thanks guys. I could walk without pain today. So that is a positive thing. I'm tennis balling, stretching, and epsom salting like no ones business. I felt okay Saturday and the pain came back as soon as I ran, so I'm hesitant to try again. Plan is to try Friday night and make a game time decision about the race. Looking like a DNS.