No pain when sitting, very painful going from standing to sitting

CJ -

I am 29 years old and admittedly a bit of a hypochondriac. I have had some back problems in the past mostly related to lifting weights improperly (torn trap/rhomboid).

However, last night I woke up at 3 am noticing severe pain in my tail bone region and as my day got going, it only got worse. Going from a sitting to a standing position is very painful and for a brief (very brief and distant!!) moment I picture myself losing control of my bodily functions. That's quite fun when you are an orthodontist seeing patients all day long - stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down. I have absolutely no pain in my tail bone area when finally seated. I have dabbled in the past with what I thought was sciatica - I had some of that "down the left leg tingling" before.

Someone please make me feel that I am going to be OK, because I just finished graduate school and I am starting an orthodontic practice of my own and my back (and hands) is my livelihood. I am 5' 9'' and 165 pounds, and what I consider great shape, but I fear that I have just begun a saga of problems. Does anyone out there have any ideas?



Note from Jon Miles:

Getting pain when moving from sitting to standing, but no pain when sitting, sounds like gluteus maximus syndrome - see the Muscle spasm or tightness page. But you should see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

Updated 2003-02-09

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