No, I’m not talking about that person you know that gives you grief and aggravation. I’m speaking about nerve pain in the buttocks. But I got your attention, didn’t I?
If you have read any of my other postings, you know that my pain is mostly in my right butt cheek. But the research I have done and the experiences I have had can be related to other pain. In fact, until recently I had pain in my neck as well. How about that? Pain in the butt and pain in the neck. You would certainly think I am talking about someone! My acupuncturist has cured me of the neck pain. I also think it helped to have retired. I was working a very stressful job, which required extensive computer time. If you have neck pain and work in a stressful job with lots of computer work, I would guess that combination could be a reason for your pain. If you can’t retire like I did, I hope you can get help from acupuncture and other remedies I have recommended on this website. My recommendations can work for any areas; back pain, buttocks pain, neck pain, and more.
Beside the recommendations I have made for some relief from your pain with natural remedies, you may also find some relief from using a foam roller. My understanding is by rolling the painful area on the roller, you are massaging the nerve, muscle or joint to loosen and relieve the pain. To be honest, this can hurt, as you are putting pressure on the painful area. I recommend a soft foam, not a stiff foam. I have a stiff one, but I think it is better that you start on a soft one. But you may have to try a few different ones until you find the best for yourself. To relieve my pain, I sat on the floor with the roller under my buttock. Then I rolled back and forth for a few times. At that time, the pain also radiated down to my calf, so I did the same action on my calf. It is generally recommended that you do the other side of your body as well, even if you don’t have pain in the opposite side.
View some YouTube videos to see different foam rollers. I picked a medium density one, because I think some pressure to the nerve helps, but you don’t want too much. I welcome your comments and reviews regarding foam rollers. Your information would be helpful to all of us.
Another helpful remedy is heat. A nice bean bag warmed in the microwave can supply relief to painful areas. Remember heat is for soothing joints and relaxing muscles. If you like bathes, a hot bath with Epsom salts added can provide some pain relief and help relax your whole body. Or you may need some cold/ice therapy. Cold can help to numb pain and lessen inflammation. Often inflammation accompanies pain. Sometimes you may need to alternate between cold and hot to find relief. Do not use either treatment for more than twenty minutes. Otherwise you can cause tissue damage to your skin.
How about a cushion?
And get moving! I know from experience that moving can be painful. All you want to do is sit. And even finding a comfortable position to sit is a challenge. I recommend pillows or a cushion. (I’m still working on recommending one.) But moving around is vital for someone with chronic pain. Change your positions frequently, get up from your desk, walk into the kitchen for a glass of water. Stretch. See my recommendations for stretches on my other posts. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of moving.
I do not have experience with this modality. I am still in the research phase. But from what I see, this practice may help you in pain relief. And so very natural! I do have experience with deep breathing though, and find that can help me relax. It also helps me sleep better. So I think this topic bears more research and attention.
This website is an ongoing process as I seek to relieve my own pain, and help each one of you in your pain struggles. Your comments are not only welcome, but may help someone else who suffers. Please help us help each other!