Piriformis Syndrome

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Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Piriformis Syndrome, as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.

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Piriformis Syndrome and TMS Success Stories

  • Shannon's Success Story Shannon suffered from Prirformis Syndrome for years before she discovered John Sarno's Mind Over Back Pain book. She had pain in her butt - both sides - a squeezing, burning sensation in the back of both hamstrings (always alternating), numbness in the heels, burning and aching in the feet (again, always alternating and moving around) and just general muscle weakness so that even standing all the time was too hard. The side of her leg from hip to knee was so sensitive she couldn't sit or even lay on her back. The pain went away temporarily during a time of fulfilling job and self-satisfaction, but only when she treated it as TMS it disappeared for good.

Piriformis Syndrome referenced in TMS Books

I do not know where or when the diagnosis was first proposed, but it was theorized that buttock pain was the result of compression of the sciatic nerve by the pyriformis muscle. It has not been scientifically explained why this happens or under what circumstances. In my view the diagnosis is without substance and has only been proposed in the absence of a better explanation for buttock pain. Clearly, TMS provides the best explanation for such pain.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a condition where the piriformis muscle (one of the deep muscles of the buttock) compresses or otherwise irritates the sciatic nerve as it passes under or through the piriformis muscle. This can occur by the muscle tightening or going into spasm.

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