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post #32371 of 57302
Had to bail on 175lb squat today, wtfffff, to add to that that pinched piriformis of mine is really acting up. If it were not for that I'd be squatting at least 250 by now, really frustrating.

I went to a chiro, nothing, went to my doctor nothing. All they tell me is to stretch and to take aleve. I've been stretching and foam rolling right at the point where it hurts the most, and it hurts even more when I try to target it directly, nothing.

A lot of the times I wake up and that part of my leg/glute is really numb.

Kind of at my wits end with this, can anyone offer some advice?
post #32372 of 57302
Add to that I'm walking around with a limp that makes it look like I've got a stick up my ass
post #32373 of 57302
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Originally Posted by MarkI View Post

Had to bail on 175lb squat today, wtfffff, to add to that that pinched piriformis of mine is really acting up. If it were not for that I'd be squatting at least 250 by now, really frustrating.

I went to a chiro, nothing, went to my doctor nothing. All they tell me is to stretch and to take aleve. I've been stretching and foam rolling right at the point where it hurts the most, and it hurts even more when I try to target it directly, nothing.

A lot of the times I wake up and that part of my leg/glute is really numb.

Kind of at my wits end with this, can anyone offer some advice?

You teach me how to bench and I'll teach you how to squat :P

It sounds to me like you have some nerve entrapment going on in your sciatic nerve. I'd completely drop the stretching, you can't stretch a muscle if the nerve is entrapped because that limits your ROM. How often are you foam rolling? Attacking the local place of pain is effective but you also have to look upstream and downstream of the problems, so like lower back hamstrings etc; try to workout any knots in that area. The biggest thing you should be doing is sets of nerve flossing 2x a day once in the morning doing something like 2 x 8 and once before lifting. You need to get that nerve gliding through muscle tissue properly, so you do this by breaking up trigger points then gliding it through full ROM.

Googling sciatic nerve flossing with get you a bunch of stuff. Find something thats easy enough and feels effective. Don't go crazy with it because you can enflame it pretty bad by hitting it too much.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtRUw-d-dNo

Also numbness = entrapped nerve
post #32374 of 57302
Here's a bit from this book by Eric Cressey and Mike robertson that I have -

"Excessive tension on the piriformis can irritate the sciatic nerve. This may lead to pain or nerve irritation in the buttocks, hamstrings, lower leg, or foot.
Excessive tension in the piriformis can externally rotate the hip, leading to poor movement in the frontal and or transverse planes."

So I guess also roll the shit out of your TFL, vastus medialis, IT band. My piriformis gets pretty damn tight sometimes and if I let it go my TFL will get tight as a result, so tight that when I roll it out I am nearly crying and have to yell when I do it.
post #32375 of 57302
Thank you so much CS, I'd write out a longer response but I'm sitting in class right now.

It's almost ridiculous how much more helpful a brah can be than an actual doctor, maybe I need to see a better doc...

Also more than willing for a squat coach haha.

At the very least is this thing curable? Seems like there's a lot of stuff floating around that sciatic/nerve pain is for life.
post #32376 of 57302
regular reminder that anyone experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort even tangentially related to lifting should buy the trigger point therapy workbook and a knobbler/theracane
post #32377 of 57302
+1 on that book and theracane
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Thank you so much CS, I'd write out a longer response but I'm sitting in class right now.

It's almost ridiculous how much more helpful a brah can be than an actual doctor, maybe I need to see a better doc...

Also more than willing for a squat coach haha.

At the very least is this thing curable? Seems like there's a lot of stuff floating around that sciatic/nerve pain is for life.

No problem. Yea for sure it's curable. Just needs a regimented attack plan and it will go away. I disregard what doctors say and only used them for MRI and X Ray which I then passed off to this sports chiropractor. Doctors are good for the general public that are too lazy to make actual changes in their lifestyle so they give things that mask the pain or problem. Like my friend once told me: A doctor is good if you want to be able to walk outside and check your mail without pain, but if you're going to lift some serious weight you need to see a sports chiro.
post #32378 of 57302

 i weight 63 kilos x 178cm in height, and id like to get some more definition on my whole torso and arms, anyone here can suggest any exercise i could do at home?

i've been doing 30 to 50 pushups 4 alternate days a week for a about three months now , what else could i add to my bedroom exercise?

post #32379 of 57302
Kopped some new running shoes--a pair of altra's. Zero drop, but still padded. Gonna hit the treadmill for a bit today and report back.
post #32380 of 57302
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Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty View Post

Kopped some new running shoes--a pair of altra's. Zero drop, but still padded. Gonna hit the treadmill for a bit today and report back.
I'm interested in your report. I need a replacement for my NB Minimus Zero.
post #32381 of 57302
For Mark: this is a common symptom for pregnant women. In Brooklyn, I'm sure there are masseuses or PTs who have experience treating this in pregnancy. May be worth a few calls.
post #32382 of 57302
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Originally Posted by w0lf View Post

 i weight 63 kilos x 178cm in height, and id like to get some more definition on my whole torso and arms, anyone here can suggest any exercise i could do at home?
i've been doing 30 to 50 pushups 4 alternate days a week for a about three months now , what else could i add to my bedroom exercise?

Joining a gym, start a good newbie strength routine like stripped 5x5, learn the technique for the lifts and eat a lot will always give the best results for non trained guys looking to add mass.

If you can't do that and insist on working out at home, you can actually perform strength based home workout. Push ups with weights on your back, chinups / pullups, dips between chairs and pistol squats holding on to a chair.

That should work your whole body while being as basic as it gets. Go as heavy as you can with perfect form for 5 to 10 reps per set, 3 sets per excercise. Bodyweight high rep excercises won't do anything for you at your level in the long run. Also, clean up your diet and eat enough to grow (but that's another story).
post #32383 of 57302
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap View Post

+1 on that book and theracane
No problem. Yea for sure it's curable. Just needs a regimented attack plan and it will go away. I disregard what doctors say and only used them for MRI and X Ray which I then passed off to this sports chiropractor. Doctors are good for the general public that are too lazy to make actual changes in their lifestyle so they give things that mask the pain or problem. Like my friend once told me: A doctor is good if you want to be able to walk outside and check your mail without pain, but if you're going to lift some serious weight you need to see a sports chiro.

It would be great if GNC sold sports literature and actual equipment like the theracane, then maybe I could put my gift certificate to good use.

And word, makes a lot of sense. I think if this problem persists i'll try to seek out a good sports chiro.
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For Mark: this is a common symptom for pregnant women. In Brooklyn, I'm sure there are masseuses or PTs who have experience treating this in pregnancy. May be worth a few calls.

My cousin lives in Brooklyn...and is pregnant, I shall talk to her.
post #32384 of 57302
Stopped by a close friend's house this evening to see his new home gym. It was amazing. Larger than most high-end hotel gyms and better far better equipped. It even has a very nice sauna and shower. I was in awe, not to mention very jelly.
post #32385 of 57302
Ran half a mile in the altra's on the treadmill. Felt good the way forefoot-striking makes me feel good, though I should probably wait until tomorrow to make sure that my calves/feet aren't killing me.
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