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I've been running regularly since mid April and recently ran my first 10k. In the couple of weeks before the run I was experiencing some discomfort in my glutes,which then ended up starting to affect my left leg around the hip, thigh and knee. I went to my doctor and he diagnosed a pinched sciatic nerve. For this he gave me some stretches to do everyday and Naproxen 500mg tablets. He didn't tell me to rest or cease running.
The pain did improve suffciently to enable me to run a 5k the Tuesday before my 10k on the Sunday, but now I'm struggling quite badly.
The pain seems to be particularly bad around my hip/thigh to the point whereby soemtimes when I stand on my left leg it feels quite weak and painful. I've been reading a lot about the IT band problems a lot of runners have, and in all honsety this seems closer to my symptoms than a piched sciatic nerve (although I do have some minor lower back pain).
I guess I have some questions:
1. Has anyone on the forum had problems smilar to this?
2. Did you continue training and how?
3. What methods did you use to recover from the problems?