Hello everyone! My first post on the forum ^_^
Hmm so back in October 2010 I was doing an exercise called "bend over rows" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nV5AL1FvBI) with 50lb plates, during my last rep as I lifted the bar I felt an INTENSE pain in my left **m area, I immediately put the bar down! I was consumed in pain and could barely walk or sit!! So I rushed home ASAP and my sister advised me to go to the doctor but I chose to apply heat ointments and ice packs in the affected area...so after two weeks (pain wasn't as intense but still there) I decided to go back to the gym (since I was preparing for an exam and exercised helped me start the day) I "ran" on the elliptical for about 30 mins and the next morning my right **m and right leg were hurting so bad!!
So I went to the doctor and he prescribed me an anti-inflammatory drug for two weeks which helped me sleep but the pain really didn't go away...he told me to get x-rayed if the pain came back but I haven't done so yet (its embarrassing and I don't want to irradiate my family jewels etc)....so now its February 2011 and the pain still affects me I can't run, I can't exercise, I wake every morning at 5:30 AM with intense pain in my left **m area (it does go away after I walk a little)
My question is, does anyone have experience with such pain? I saw some videos about it on youtube and people say its called a "piriformis syndrome" or "sciatica" something about the piriformis muscle tightening up and affecting the sciatic nerve...the pain has reduced a lot since last year but its affecting my lifestyle. I want to go back to the gym What should I do?
btw I posted the above on another forum recently and since then I have gotten the x-ray...the doctor said one of the spinal discs is slightly bent and he will send me to a physo after I get a job wit benefits (insurance)...but this pain it doesn't affect my back at all...only the right **s area and then goes down the back of the leg