Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

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Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby island girl » 19 Sep 2011, 11:21pm

Hi, I have been cycling for many years with the usual aches and pains. In the last 3 weeks I have increased my cycling, going over familiar routes which always include a few hills, maybe 4 times a week instead of 2/3 times. I feel I haven't overdone my training. However this morning I woke with a severe pain deep in my left buttock. Sore when I walk and after sitting for a while. No lower back pain or thigh pain but slight discomfort in inner thigh. I have googled this and think I have damaged the muscle on my sit bone, deep in my bum. Has anyone else had this? What remedy did they use? Did you stop cycling for a while? Hope not as I want to keep training?

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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby The Mechanic » 20 Sep 2011, 9:16am

There is a guy down the road that knows about these things. I think his name is Dr. Somethingorother. I suggest you go and see him.
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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby Mick F » 20 Sep 2011, 10:20am

Sounds like you've pulled a muscle.

I'm no expert at all in physiology, but I recommend you rest muscles rather than use them. I reckon you visit the doc as well, but perhaps all he will say is to take Ibrufrofen and rest up.
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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby Wildduck » 20 Sep 2011, 7:33pm

Difficult to say via a forum but could be piriformis syndrome. Best see your GP for advice though; most things (including PS) can be sorted with rest/analgesia/physio/exercises.
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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby boris » 20 Sep 2011, 8:37pm

after seeing the gp you might get more attention from a sports physio.
in our area you can phone yourself directly into nhs physio, just ask for the tel no at the surgery or local hospital.

It could be a muscle or tendon or ligament strain, but there also bursae in those parts which can become inflamed. Most advice will be to ease off and do something different for a while to let it settle, then think about why it happened in the hope you can correct your habits.

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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby island girl » 21 Sep 2011, 9:01pm

Thanks everyone for replies. Yes, i know I should go to the Dr but unless I have something really serious I feel my Doc is condescending,
so I don't go.
Wildduck: Agree it is Periformis Syndrome - one of the remedies is to sit on a tennis ball (don't laugh) and roll the muscle over it. I have been doing this
and deep heat treatment and it really works. Agony, at the time but the pain is disappearing fast.
Think I need to do warm up exercises before and after I cycle, something I never do. A favourite route has me cycling into a 20% climb just after 1 mile. Not enough to warm up. Will be more careful in future. Thanks again.

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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby mr riff raff » 22 Sep 2011, 8:10pm

Unless your Dr either rides a bike or runs or something similar, which isn't going to happen, don't waste your or their time. They'll just end up sending you to the local hospital's physio dept. This will take weeks to sort out. Then when you see a physio, who will be more than adequate, the appointments will be once a week (good) and for 15-20 minutes (bad)
If you're prepared to cough up £50 (ish) for an initial consulatation and £40 (ish) for follow up sessions then you'll get 45 minute sessions which will fix it quicker.
The downside is obviously the cost, but if you have the funds then just go private now and get it over and done with.
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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby old orbit tourer » 24 Sep 2011, 6:15pm

Had similar a long time ago, I found that adjusting the rake of my seat finally got rid of it.

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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby island girl » 24 Sep 2011, 9:06pm

Had similar a long time ago, I found that adjusting the rake of my seat finally got rid of it.



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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby diapason0 » 24 Sep 2011, 9:09pm

I guess, the angle. Try dropping the nose of the saddle very slightly. I also find that it's important to make sure that the saddle is absolutely in line with the centre-line of the frame. I inadvertently got it slightly wrong when I dropped the saddle, and it was very uncomfortable.
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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby De Sisti » 3 Oct 2011, 10:15pm

I had a similar problem. I shelled out for a bike fit (turns out that my saddle was 2cm too high, and I was too far stretched out). To cure my "no arch, flat feet" I had some custom built insoles (included in the bike fit), and some wedges in each shoe, and finally, moving the cleat on the shoe of the side of the body that had the pain (if that makes sense).

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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby cycleard » 4 Oct 2011, 1:17pm

island girl wrote:Thanks everyone for replies. Yes, i know I should go to the Dr but unless I have something really serious I feel my Doc is condescending,
so I don't go.
Wildduck: Agree it is Periformis Syndrome - one of the remedies is to sit on a tennis ball (don't laugh) and roll the muscle over it. I have been doing this
and deep heat treatment and it really works. Agony, at the time but the pain is disappearing fast.
Think I need to do warm up exercises before and after I cycle, something I never do. A favourite route has me cycling into a 20% climb just after 1 mile. Not enough to warm up. Will be more careful in future. Thanks again.


I have had exactly the same thing...it's like an itchy pain that you really want to scratch! I took me a while to realise that it was deep inside my glutes actually but i did what you have obviously been told and rolled around on a tennis ball. After a couple of days it went away..
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Re: Deep Muscle in Buttock Very Sore

Postby anniesboy » 5 Oct 2011, 10:54am

Hi Island Girl, I hope you are overcoming this. I think a physio appointment would be wise.
My wife developed a hip bursitis ,two months ago. Walking was very painful ,our doctor was very sympathetic and in fact said she have gone see her sooner.


Weekly physio treatment is helping but progress is slow.

If you are a CTC member there is a letter in the current magazine regarding bursitis ,it is suggested that lowering saddle slightly might help.

I must do that on my wife's bikes and on the tandem.