Today I am going to write about alternative modes of therapy for back and buttocks pain, also referred to as Fibromalgia and sciatica pain. I will explain some symptoms and treatments.
I am not a doctor, I am not trying to play one on the internet. I am only finding useful information ie, tools and links explaining the things that have happened to my body and pain I go through on a daily basis. I am only sharing this information for two purposes, to organize the links that I have found and to help anyone else that suffers the same pain that I do.
I am not certified as anything. I am only a really good internet searcher and have dedicated the last 3 weeks to finding out what was happening in my body and thankfully saved as many links as I could. Now that my bookmarks are flooded with medical journals and things, I need to clear it out and categorize everything. As most of these alternative modes are new to me, I cannot review them individually.
This post is purely informational and not opinion on these modes of therapy. I have no idea what any of these modes feel like or cost in a doctors office, which is why most of these modes of therapy I have found a home unit that is portable for. Not saying that I am going to go out and shock myself without studying how to do it, but the portable machines are affordable and cheaper then some medical procedures such as back surgery.
I am not under the care of a pain doctor right now, and I have used medical treatments in the past, like trigger point injections and chiropractic work to manage my pain. Since I do not have either one of those treatments available right now, I am researching alternative modes of reconstructing my back and managing my Fibromalgia and sciatica pain. I should also note that I have the cheapest home TENS unit and it seems to work well to block the pain, that is why there is more TENS links then the other treatments. I have written only a little about my pain, but it is a huge part of my life.
Here is some basic information on Fibromalgia, after that I will explain the sciatica nerve pain.
First off, here is an explanation for increased pain in the hip region and pelvic area. I have been experiencing severe sciatica pain that is caught up in the buttocks muscles and shoots down my legs, most people would say this as sciatica pain, but with a few more symptoms involved like pain when getting up and down and pain when sitting down, it can be seen as Piriformis Syndrome.
Here are some definitive links on Piriformis Syndrome. Also called DGS (Deep Gluteal Syndrome),these are the links that I have saved because they have the most information.
This next article in particular will explain it if you need good pictures to see.
Here are some symptoms of Piriformis Sydrome.
Here are some alternative resources for treatments for both Fibromalgia and Piriformis Syndrome. I will include alternative home machines later. Some of the links will be doubles as they have both symptom and treatment information.
Here are some more informational and product links on individual therapies.
I would myself like to try them in the order listed from top to bottom until one treatment will work. I hope I do not have to go all the way down the list to feel better.
Alternative modes of Treatment; Fibromalgia with Piriformis Syndrome
Physical therapy aka stretches
Ultrasound aka high frequency sound waves
Electrotherapy, aka Shockwave
This next link is very informational if you need to understand all the modes of shock therapy;
-Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)60-200 Hz
Devices I am sharing are all different but some combine all 4 modes of therapy or more
Do note that the large medical grade units are over 4,000$ in the USA and less in other countries.
I have tried to find units that cover every electrotherapy mode, that are not 4,000, easy to read and use on yourself at home.
Here are some affordable links for multi-use electrotherapy home units;
I think from them all I like the look of this one the best:
the 4,000 $ units are here btw.
Again, I do not know much about these units except what I have learned on the internet, but I do know how long it took me to find them, and honestly I would hope that no one would ever have to search as long as I did, so I am glad I could put them together.
I am also going to share some images that I have found to be really helpful in locating some of the symptoms in those beginning links.
If you click them you can enlarge them.
If all that was too scientific here is a small short youtube video from the PiriStretch company that explains a whole lot.