Do you have any idea how hard it is to do my job without sitting down? Well, it is.
In case you didn’t know it, I work at home and 100% of my work is done on the computer, which means I sit down, a lot. The problem is, sitting down is killing me. Not literally, or at least not that I know of, but it is killing my butt. Unfortunately, it’s a major problem and one of the reasons that I am not able to run right now.
You might be wondering what the hell I’m talking about but I assure you, sitting down is part of my problem. I have classic piriformis syndrome. I probably started with a dead butt but it progressed because the primary reason for piriformis syndrome is weakeness in other hip abducting muscles especially the gluteus medius. So, after almost 3 weeks off, in a nutshell, when I raise my leg, squat or sit on my butt, I have pain and as I mentioned previously, I sit on my butt a lot.
Piriformis Syndrome is made worse by long periods of running or even walking but also by long periods of sitting, hence the reason I’m having a hard time doing my job and probably healing as well. Several people have asked me what I’m doing as part of my recovery and I have been hesitant to post anything because it wasn’t working as well as I thought it should have. Since, I now have a better handle on the problem and why it’s taking forever to heal, I thought this would be a good time to update because the whole approach to rehabilitating actually changed last week.
First of all, I am not doing any walking, running, or strength training at all this week and if I continue to have pain next week, I’ll avoid it even longer. I am also getting up several times during the work day to stretch and rolling the area out with a tennis ball once a day. Once all of my pain is gone, I have a training plan which will allow me to ease back into running without exacerbating the injury. But the most important part of my rehab is learning how to do my job all over again while standing up.
That may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. Sometimes I put in 14-16 hours a day and that’s pretty hard to do standing at a computer. So I’m looking into purchasing a standup desk and also working while sitting on one of those sitting balls that you use instead of an office chair. If any of you have experience with either of these items, I would love to hear from you.
Over the past few weeks, a few people have asked me why I don’t just stop running and I’ll be perfectly frank here and just tell you that thought actually terrifies me, because I love to run and considering this is only my second real injury in many years, I don’t think I’m doing too bad especially since I also have scoliosis.
There are many reasons that I love to run and I hope I can do it my entire life. I realize that along the way my body may have limitations. I actually like discovering what those are and finding ways to improve my body to get past those limitations and become a better runner. I also love that there are so many other runners out there who understand and support me. So, if I need to stand up more when I work, or take additional days off, I will, because in the end, I’ll be back out there pounding the pavement and loving every single minute of it.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
What’s the longest amount of time you’ve had to go without running?