Re: Weird Pain. Sciatica? Please help!
Wow...I'm sorry to hear about your pain. As a once avid runner/exerciser/triathlete myself, I certainly feel for you!! Although at 43yo, I'm quite a bit older than you...yet I do have similar pain in my left glute. Much like yours, it's a very deep intense (almost throbbing) pain. Sometimes, the pain involves my left hip/iliac crest area as well. I've been dealing with this, on and off, for about 2 years now. I've had a quite a few varying diagnoses, including piriformis syndrome, hip bursitis, illiopsoas tendonitis, and a strain of the quadratus lumborium...so I know exactly how frustrating it can be trying to make sense of it all! To add insult to injury, I also have grade 2 spondylolisthesis at the L5-S1 level...which may or may not be a factor in all of this. It hurts so much to run right now, that I've had to really scale back on the running. I signed up months ago to do a Half Ironman event in July...and I'm having serious doubts as to whether or not I'll be able to do it now. If anything, I can do the swim & bike segments, but I'll either have to DNF the run or walk a good portion of it, as I probably won't be able to build up enough of a running base to run the half marathon distance.
Have you tried using a foam roller? I've been using one for a few months now, and it does seem to help somewhat. I sit on the roller, shifting my weight to the affected glute and I roll back and forth for a count of 20. When I get to a really painful knot, I'll stop and hold it there for as long as I can. It does hurt, but after a few seconds, the pain sort of "releases" and it feels better. You can also do the rolling with a tennis ball, although that is much more targeted and may induce a bit more pain than the foam roller. Another option, if you're willing to try it...is ART (Active Release Technique). Usually performed by a specially-trained chiropractor, ART is supposed to work wonders...or so I've heard. I haven't tried ART myself yet, but there is a chiro in my town who is hailed as "one of the best in ART", so I may just give it a shot and see if it lives up to all the hype.
Good luck and I hope you find some relief for your pain so you can get back to running again.