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Hmm...should I run?

Heck, should I do anything besides stretch and maybe light yoga?

I had a piraformis injury from running early this year - did 10 weeks of PT to bring it back down under control. I'm still not running a very long time, nor very fast (say....30 minutes, around 10:30-11:00 mile pace, and only twice a week), with stretching every.single.day to keep me limber.

Last week (Friday) I did my usual late week run, stretch, etc, but all weekend I had a golf-ball-sized-hard-as-a-rock knot right at the top of my butt -- where my piraformia issues start.

DH rubbed it, but it still woke me up as lower back pain last night at 4am.

Now I'm at work, and I'm definately aware that it's still there....it still hurts.

Should I ixnay a run today? Or should I ixnay anything involving my core/back/butt/whatever hurts? LOL

Re: Hmm...should I run?

  • 61 views and no answers -- lol I'm glad I'm not the only one on the fence about it!
  • If you are in such bad pain that it woke you in the middle of the night then you should not run.  Listen to your body and take it easy!
  • I kind of think your answer is in your OP.  You were sidelined by a problem caused by running. Now you are running again and the original problem seems to be re-appearing.  Probably not the answer you want to hear but I think it's a no-brainer that you should take a running break.

    Maybe you can talk to your PT about the fact that it seems to be coming back and figure out how to fix the problem for good! 

  • When I went through PT they told me stretching should keep it at bay...but no dice.

    Maybe no running this week, and re-evaluate next week.

    Sometimes I just need to hear it from someone else!!

  • I vote no running.

    Give it some time (a week?) then see where you stand with it.

    I, however, have no experience with such an ailment. Good luck, hopefully it gets better!

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  • Yeah, I would take a few days off of running, if the pain was so bad that it interrupted your sleep.

    Good luck and hope you heal up soon...that sounds like a really awful and frustrating injury. :(

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    Yeah, I would take a few days off of running, if the pain was so bad that it interrupted your sleep.

    Good luck and hope you heal up soon...that sounds like a really awful and frustrating injury. :(

    It is, because I can't seem to figure out why I have it. We meticulously went over every aspect of my running during PT in hopes I'd never end up back there -- but nobody could come up with a reason why I get so tight through the left side of my buttock/hamstring when I run. :(

    Stretching helps a ton, and I do it obsessively according to DH, but something back there is definitely unhappy right now!!

    Looks like it's another form of cardio and me and the heating pad this evening LOL
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    It is, because I can't seem to figure out why I have it.

    I think I'd see someone else at this point.  Maybe you can find a doctor with more running expertise, someone in sport medicine.  Or you could try visiting a chiropractor (if you are comfortable with that, I don't want to start a debate!)  I can only speak to my own experience but my hip issues started with my spine and therefore hips being out of alignment...a few adjustments with a chiropractor and some resting time off from running solved my problems.  

  • Agreed, I wouldn't run but would cross-train lightly instead - maybe some easy swimming or a nice walk.
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    Agreed, I wouldn't run but would cross-train lightly instead - maybe some easy swimming or a nice walk.

    This sounds like a good idea.

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  • image Kynthos:
    image enkeli224:

    It is, because I can't seem to figure out why I have it.

    I think I'd see someone else at this point.  Maybe you can find a doctor with more running expertise, someone in sport medicine.  Or you could try visiting a chiropractor (if you are comfortable with that, I don't want to start a debate!)  I can only speak to my own experience but my hip issues started with my spine and therefore hips being out of alignment...a few adjustments with a chiropractor and some resting time off from running solved my problems.  

    I actually saw a variety of professionals at my PT facility, one of which was a chiro. They did educate me that I have "open hips" and that it's easy for my hips to rotate out of their socket. They taught me how to resolve the issue, and that alone has helped dramatically.

    Perhaps I'll see if I can find a sports specialist in the area, and try that.

    I love running -- even slow! -- and hate to give it up.

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