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   Posted 10/23/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard a lot of you talk about muscle pain in a lot of different places, but a post I just read by Pamela Neckpain hit me right in the face.  I too sometimes wake up with HORRIBLE butt cheek pain.  I can't remember ever going to bed with it, but I wake up with it at least once every 1-2 weeks.  Does anyone know of something I may have done to trigger this--If I knew what was causing it, I promise you, I would steer clear of it!)  Other than my neck and back, the only other severe pain area I have are the back of my thighs.  SOme of this might make sense to me if I was an athlete, but I'm not......any ideas?

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   Posted 10/23/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like it could be your sciatic nerve.  If that nerve is pinched by either a bulging/herniated disc or muscle spasm, it can cause pain in your rear end and down the back of your leg.
I've had two herniated discs (resulting in two back surgeries), and I had horrible pain down the back of my rear and leg.  It was pretty constant though, and I got to where I couldn't walk.
After my 2nd back surgery, I tore my piriformis muscle (a tiny little muscle on each side of your bottom).  This muscle spasms frequently, pinches my sciatic nerve, and causes the same type of pain the herniated discs did.  The difference is that it goes gets better with movement and massage, whereas the herniated disc pain got more intense with movement.
The next time it happens, you might try massaging the areas to the left or right of your tailbone (and up a little bit) to see if maybe your piriformis muscle is spasming and pinching your sciatic nerve.  This muscle stays tender and sore on me most of the time. Heat also helps me when it is in a spasm.
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   Posted 10/23/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have terrible pain in that area also, and my hips. I massage the butt cheeks and use moist heat. A lot of times it gets so bad I can feel the muscles twitching, and that is when it starts to get better. Standing in a HOT shower is great also. The dr said this a one of the very common places for Fibro to hit, and it sure hits me right in the butt!!!
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   Posted 10/23/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I also get a lot of shoulder and neck pain Went to PT and that only made it worse. I have also had pain in my hip and cheek (HE HE)
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