pinched nerve... I think

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    Sep 27, 2007 1:12 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Any of you ever gotten the nerve that runs down the back of your hamstring to your Achilles tendon pinched after a set of squats? I think I may have done it last week and not realized it. I'm not immobilized, and the pain down the back of my leg is not crippling, but it is kinda sharp and steady.

    If you have had this happen to you, is there anything I can do shy of going to a doctor to treat it?

    All feedback welcome... especially from personal trainers or MDs out there.

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    Sep 30, 2007 3:39 AM GMT
    It's called the sciatic nerve, just FYI.

    Sounds like you have a bulging disk that's putting pressure on the nerve. If you have numbness / pain, all the way down, it's sounds like it's advanced.

    You need to find the disk that's causing the problem and ice it, and get it calmed down.

    Likely, you have an imbalance either in your abs, or your back, that's causing the problem, or you are weak in your low back and your spine is rotating into the disk, causing the problem.

    I'm not a chiro, nor an ortho, so I can't advise you further. Try to ice it to calm it down, then, try to figure out the underlying cause. It should be easy to figure out once you think on it and listen to your body.
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    Sep 30, 2007 4:54 AM GMT
    Chucky's right on the mark with this one; it's likely a bulging disc and you may have developed sciatica. Icing it is a good idea. You'll probably also want to take an anti-inflammatory, some ibuprofen.

    I had developed sciatica a couple of years ago, but that was from being horrendously out of shape. My doctor advised me to take ibuprofen regularly and begin strengthening my core. I actually had the problem for a couple months, but the exercise and ibuprofen helped immensely and it eventually disappeared.

    I'm not going to counsel anything else than these basics, and I'm not actually even advising you to start working on your core because this could be something else. I'm not a doctor either, and don't want to be giving out bad advice, but I think simply advising you to ice it and take ibuprofen isn't crossing any lines.

    You need to get yourself to a doctor and have him or her let you know what to do next.
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    Oct 01, 2007 1:12 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I actually decided to head for the doctor this week.