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I've been suffering from lower back pain on & off for several years. About 12 months ago I started getting pain in my left buttock and it gradually got worse. I went to see a physio privately whilst waiting for an NHS referral. He told me I wasn't activating my glutes and that my back was compensating,. He gave me some exercises and I saw him once a week and gave up running for 3 months, as I'd been advised to do non impact stuff. Initially the physio helped, but the buttock pain didn't go away completely. A recent back scan showed I have a slightly bulging disc L5/S1 left centrolateral disc protrusion with indentation and possibly compression of left S1 and indentation of L5 nerve routes. NHS pysio (who I'm very impressed with) has given me McKenzie exercises and advised against marathon training, as this could make it worse.
Has anyone had a similar prolem? Any advice would be much appreciated as running is everything to me, and I left the physio in tears!