Re: Hamstrings, Hips and Lower Back
Do you have more pain in the lower back and/or buttocks, and more tingling in the hamstring area?
If you do, it sounds like sciatica. Sciatica can be caused by 2 culprits (that I know of) - a disc or a muscle. An MRI would ID if the disc is involved. If you get negative results, it's probably a muscle (usually the piriformis).
Mine is pinched by my piriformis, and I have 3 things I do to try and get short-term relief (outside of visiting a massage therapist) -
1) I lie on my back and stretch my problem leg (knee straight) across my body. I usually use a robe sash to get more pull.
2) I tuck my problem leg under my body lying face-down. My knee is bent and is about to my collarbone.
3) I lie flat on my back and tuck 1 tennis ball (yes, tennis ball) under each buttock (usually right in the middle). I usually have to adjust until I feel the ache, which is a sign you found the muscle!
Hope this helps...good luck.
Sciatica Diag '01
L3-4 Tear Diag '03
SI Diag '04
Stenosis Diag '06
Bulging Disc L4-5 Diag '06
DDD L3-4 thru L5-S1 Diag '06