Literal pain in the ass (gluteus strain?)

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    Jun 14, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
    So, I've been working out very regularly in my Tae Kwon Do class. I recently went from 3 to 4 days a week.

    On Wednesday, my back and hip were bothering me a bit, but I figured I was sore from Tuesday's class. So, I went and worked out. My lower right side and buttock were a bit sore throughout. At the end of class, the pain was more severe so I stretched a bit and then went home and took a hot shower.

    When I got out of the shower, I couldn't lift my leg high enough to put my underwear on without tears coming to my eyes. Then, I couldn't sit or lie down without severe pain. I took three Alleve but they didn't help. I thought about going to the emergency room, but my friend dissuaded me saying I would just sit there all night and thought I should just go to the chiropractor in the morning.

    I went to the chiropractor on Thursday and it helped some. I went again on Friday and it helped a bit more. However, the pain where it hurt most is in the area where my ass check meets my upper leg. The pain is still quite bad, and I'm not sure if I just need to rest and give it time, or if I should see a doctor besides the chiropractor.

    I've been icing it, using topical muscle pain relievers, and taking anti-inflammatory meds.

    I'm fairly new to working out this hard, so I'm hoping some of you will have advice.icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 14, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    A strain of the one of the gluteal muscles obviously causes pain in the buttocks. There are a few other common causes which can be confused with a buttocks strain.
    Since you mentioned back pain, one should also consider sciatica. Sciatic pain doesn't always radiate down the thigh but can be confined to the buttocks. Another problem is Piriformis Syndrome. Also an upper strain of the hamstring can cause pain in the lower buttocks and be confused with a a back strain. I found an article that mentions 28 causes of buttocks pain but most of these are very esoteric. A health care professional should be able to determine which of the problems is causing your buttocks pain. Once a diagnosis for the pain is determined, the proper treatment can be instituted.

    http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/buttock_pain/causes.htm
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    Jun 14, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    kneedraggen saidA strain of the one of the gluteal muscles obviously causes pain in the buttocks. There are a few other common causes which can be confused with a buttocks strain.
    Since you mentioned back pain, one should also consider sciatica. Sciatic pain doesn't always radiate down the thigh but can be confined to the buttocks. Another problem is Piriformis Syndrome. Also an upper strain of the hamstring can cause pain in the lower buttocks and be confused with a a back strain. I found an article that mentions 28 causes of buttocks pain but most of these are very esoteric. A health care professional should be able to determine which of the problems is causing your buttocks pain. Once a diagnosis for the pain is determined, the proper treatment can be instituted.

    http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/buttock_pain/causes.htm


    Good stuff. I have a situation where if I do stiff leg dead lifts and do not do the antagonistic side (abs), my erectors / hamstrings pitch a fit. It comes and goes. I find that as long as I work agonist / antagonist the issues are minimal. Sometimes I get it, and sometimes, I don't. Today, walking the lake, I got it down the left side of my gluteus and my left erectors (mildly). They spasm, and it's a drag, so I slow down. Then, I go work abs harder, and it clears up.

    I used to do stiff leg deads with 315, but, I had to back it down, because, while it gave me thick erectors, it also threw me way out of balance. Now I only stiff leg at most 250 and I've started working abs more still. I've clearly got an imbalance / tightness that gets relieved when I do the ab work (antagonistic side).

    Balance is key.
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    Jun 14, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    Try some ice. For me, ice works way better than NSAIDS.
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    Jun 15, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    Hi Guys:

    Thanks so much for your input. I scheduled an appointment with a Sports Medicine doctor today. I'll let you know how it goes.
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    Jun 15, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    A sports chiropractor once told me to AVOID anti-inflammatories since they interfere with the body's natural healing process. So no aspirin, Tylenol, Alleve etc. He recommended ice the first 48 hours then heat after that. Stretching. Gentle exercise. Nutrition and proper hydration. Always has helped me since I followed that advice. It's good to check with an MD though if you aren't sure what the issue is or it lasts more than a few days or worsens. Good luck and speedy recovery.
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    Jun 15, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    Don't forget, chiropractors are NOT medical doctors.
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    Jun 15, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    I saw the sports medicine doc and he diagnosed a hamstring strain. I'm seeing a physical therapist tomorrow.

    Thanks for all the advice.