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In 2008 I graduated from West Virginia University and began working at Deloitte as an IT Consultant. My first project was in Austin, TX. After it was cut short I was sent to work in Pittsburgh, PA. During this time you could say I was a bit ‘stressed‘.
Trying to figure out how to be an adult while juggling personal relationships with a high demanding job. I remember the first six months of my job being so overwhelming. I would wake up in the middle of the night to check my phone to see if I was missing an email or something that I had to do.
Amongst all the work and jealous partner fights I began to feel the stress wearing on my body. I started getting sharp pains that would shoot all the way down my left leg. If I moved it even a little bit the pain would be agonizing. It would come and go and there really wasn’t a rhyme or reason for the pain. I would be sitting and when I’d go to stand up I’d have to take a second to compose myself because it would hurt so bad! Laying in bed I’d have to stay completely still because one slight movement would cause my body to tense up in pain.
My first step of action was to go to the chiropractor. He’d adjust me, I’d feel better and then the pain would come back. It was a vicious cycle. Finally he suggested that I go see an orthopedic doctor. Since my previous doctor didn’t deal with hips I found another doctor in his practice and off I went! I remember being so worried that something would be terribly wrong and then I’d need hip surgery. Just what I needed! Ahhh
The doctor came in, asked a few questions, did a few tests and said it was nothing more than sciatica and that I should go to PT. It was a relief that it was nothing structurally wrong, but I was annoyed that I would have to go to PT. Since my job required me to work late I had to schedule my PT sessions for as soon as the therapy office would open. So for about 3 months, 3 times a week, I would go at 7am and work out my piriformis muscle.
After a few weeks I wasn’t getting much relief and I asked if there was anything else I should be doing. My PT suggested going to yoga in addition to my daily exercises I was doing. I was afraid to go to a regular yoga class because I couldn’t move as freely as I’d like to. I looked for a ‘gentle’ yoga class and one saturday I attended. I walked in and was the youngest in the class by about 30-40 years. The teacher looked at me and asked if I was lost. I said no, I was having extreme hip pain and I was on about the same speed as everybody else in the class. She laughed and welcomed me in. Some of the other ‘yogis’ got a kick out of being able to do more than I could. haha It was comical at the time.
Once my PT visits ran out I was still in so much pain. It had helped a bit, but honestly it didn’t get rid of the pain or even give me answers to how I could alleviate the symptoms. I was frustrated and angry and just decided to suck it up.
Looking back I really can’t remember when the pain stopped. I know that for a good year I lived with the pain, but one day it just vanished and never returned. I don’t even remember exactly when it happened because I just kept going on living and never really thought about it again!
Fast forward 5 years to today and I wonder if it really was sciatica? Could it have been my psoriatic arthritis flaring up in my SI joint? After seeing the picture to the left and reading more about sciatic on drugs.com I’m really starting to think that it was my Psa and I wasn’t aware of it! All I know is through the chiropractor, PT and yoga nothing helped ease the pain I was feeling.
I guess I’ll never know! For those of you who have Psa- have you experienced pain like this? If you have had a flare up in your SI joint, what did it feel like? Write in the comments below!
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