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Old 08-17-2004, 10:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hamstrings, Hips and Lower Back

IT's kinda really hard to explain this. Well I had lower back problems before and i went to a physiotherapist and got it fixed about a year ago. But now I got more problems which are totally different. It is not so much pain but a tingly discomfort in my lower back, hip, and hamstring area, mostly the hip and hamstring though. I stretch the areas out almost everyday but it still bothers me and doesn't go away. It makes me feel very weak aswell, like I don't feel like doing anything physical at all even though it's just isolated to my right leg and lower back.

I do take martial arts and kick a lot and I also play basketball. This also bothers me and keeps me from falling asleep sometimes. I don't know this is weird but sometimes to make it feel better I warm up my lower back or butt with my hand because they're like freezing cold.

I tried to explain as best I could but I don't fully understand it. Please, if someone could help me.

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Old 08-18-2004, 10:00 PM   #2
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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.
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