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Hi Everyone!

I have been recovering from an abdominal surgery fairly well. However, several days ago, I woke up with a severe pain in my left buttock. It was extremely painful, and felt like a severely pulled muscle. I was very uncomfortable and in alot of pain, it even hurts to sit on it.

I thought this would just go away, but after several days, it is still here. It feels like the muscle cramps you get with a charley horse, but in my butt/back. I have tried to massage it, and find that the pain is deep in the buttock. As you can imagine, I am losing sleep, walking and stretching makes it worse, and I have no idea how to treat this. I can get it to calm down for a few hours, when the tightening and cramping start again. It is very painful.

I have tried anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and even potassium. I am finally getting better from the surgery, but this new problem is throwing a wrench in my recovery. I called the doctor finally and left a message with his nurse. I waited so long because I thought it would be silly to call for a pain in my butt! However, this pain is no joke. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

I am supposed to be going down dramatically on my pain meds, and stopping the break-thru meds by the 20th at the latest. This has put alot of pressure on me, as I feel I can get by with less pain meds from the abdominal pain, but this is ruining my plans, and I end up feeling like a failure when I give in and take a pain pill. I have done barely anything at all today, just a few simple errands, and I had to have a good cry because this pain is so bad.

Please help if you can.