Piriformis syndrome

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What is piriformis syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder that occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg.

Common symptoms reported by people with piriformis syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with piriformis syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (1) piriformis syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arnica Montana 1M)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Boswellia serrata (H15/salakis))
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
piriformis syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
piriformis syndrome (1)

Data from patients with piriformis syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with piriformis syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
high blood pressure (hypertension) tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue nausea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1) piriformis syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Arnica Montana 1M)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Boswellia serrata (H15/salakis))
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for piriformis syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
allergic reaction to patch adhesive
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
piriformis syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in skin
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for piriformis syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
burning pain in left knee swelling in knees
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
piriformis syndrome (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with piriformis syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has piriformis syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 2
30s 9
40s 19
50s 19
60s 18
70+ 8
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 6
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 17
Female 61

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 32
Not Diagnosed 10

These charts show data from piriformis syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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