Sounds promising - I think piriformis is a better problem to have that the hamstring tendon thing - if that makes any sense! Hope you feel better soon.
Bit up and down at the moment. As suggested by physio, went out for a run last night and barely managed a mile before having to walk back home.
I think I may be missing a few more runs while the tender/bruised or whatever areas settle down. Muscles around the Piriformis feel looser but in general it's the most sore it's been in weeks, not sure whether that's the physio or the run
Well the verdict is in and it would appear that a set of very tight muscles in and around the Piriformis have been aggravating the sciatic nerve, hence the pain in the back of the thigh and "seating area" along with the tightness and uncomfortable feeling there.
Mainly treated via massage and stretching to loosen the muscles and take the pressure off. I have been pushed and pulled all over the place but am free to run if I feel up to it (indeed I should be looser than I've been for some time)
Follow up visit next week with instructions to keep the area warm before stretching and then getting some full hamstring stretches in (raised leg in the doorway type)
Should hopefully ease off as the muscles loosen and the tenderness and irritation goes away
Could have been a lot worse but we'll see what the next few days bring
The annoying thing about mine is I only feel it when I'm running - it's fine when sitting, walking and even cycling. My physio has said it's OK for me to keep running while it's being treated and I'm doing all the stretching and strengthening exercises, but I'm not sure I'd want to run with the niggling pain for a while marathon!, but I don't really know. I'll look into the Shockwave, thanks guys.
That's what I'm hoping, to get rid of the bulk of the niggles with a couple of visits to the physio while getting the hamstrings strengthened to prevent anything further but still be able to get enough training in to do the HM on 20th September.
Like you say, given my experience last night on a 7-8 mile run and having to concede defeat, I'd not have been able to run with the niggling pain for a full 13 or 26 miles
Will see what the physio says, it could be something very different as it's always a bit of a gamble to rely on Dr Google
Had what I think is this off and on for the last few weeks although last night was the first time I'd had to cut a run short (first of the 13 mile training runs for a HM in September)
Had continued to run with little apparent side effects during the onset and have no idea at what stage it first occurred or indeed what caused it
I've been doing maras and HM for the last few years so no real increase in mileage although I did swap from Brooks Beast to GTS quite recently and the GTS have worn out in half the time/distance that the Beasts would have done
Ironically I'd found it more comfortable to sit at work and in the car over the last week, as opposed to dull aching for the couple of weeks previously, so very disappointing to have to cut the first full distance training run short
Have an appointment with the physio tomorrow hopefully to get a proper diagnosis, short term relief and a plan to prevent it happening again so I can get back to running as soon as is sensible to do so
I'm assuming this has a cause elsewhere be it the shoes, running with tight hamstrings or some other bodyparts out of alignment or weak
Have heard good things about Shockwave from other people apart from the not being allowed to do any exercise while the treatment programme is undertaken
Rest didn't really make much of a difference, it had been 3 days since my last run and I'd done more runs last week that were bunched together
I think I've looked at Abersoch before might have been the 10K, I think you end up on the beach and the shortest route to the finish line is hurdling the wave breakers!
It's a Saturday race though, which might work, I'm going to wait for mid-June when the footie fixtures come out and then pick a race that fits around those, maybe 2 if there are suitable candidates between September and the end of the year
Macc and Warrington are around the same time as Abersoch