At some point in the middle of the night I woke with a pretty bad pain in my butt. I immediately realized it was my piriformis muscle which hadn't really bothered me in 4 years. I readjusted my sleeping position and hoped it would go away. No such luck. When the alarm went off this morning not only did my butt still hurt but the pain was radiating down my hamstring slightly. UGH!!! So all workouts were promptly cancelled and, as soon as I can, I'm calling my chiro to see if he can fix this.
The piriformis is a fairly tiny muscle but man it can sure cause a lot of pain. Also, I was told years ago that my sciatic nerve didn't run under the muscle like it's supposed to, it runs through the muscle. So when the sciatic nerve gets inflamed it can set off the piriformis and vice versa. Nice!!! Since both running and swimming aggravate it and since that's what I was supposed to do this morning, I stayed in bed :) No, actually I'm not very happy with not working out but I'm not going to kill myself either.
I had this about 4 years ago and it was incredibly painful at the time. Then we got a new mattress with a big, thick mattress topper and that seemed to help a lot. Apparently that wasn't it because now it's back :(
Anyway, that's the story of me and my butt. Hopefully I can get in to see Jesse today and get it fixed. I have a long bike ride tomorrow although biking doesn't seem to bother it for some weird reason. Oh well.....