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Pain in the Wallet

Sitting on your wallet can cause severe lower back and leg pain.

Most people can carry quite a bit in their wallets. Money, credit cards, bank cards, photos, reminders, IDs, the list goes on and on. A wallet can get stuffed pretty quickly.

However, for your health you should really slim it down.

Your Butt, Your Back, Your Legs


Many people like to keep their wallets in their back pockets. When you sit down, the wallet then presses on the piriformis muscle. That muscle is small. It’s in your buttocks, but is also very close to your sciatic nerve.

Sciatic Nerve

Your sciatic nerve, which is the largest your body, runs from your butt to your lower back to your legs. Sitting on your wallet or anything else for that matter, can irritate that nerve.

Irritating your sciatic nerve can cause severe pain in your lower back and legs.

Sources And Further Reading:

  • O’Connor, Anahad. “REALLY?” The New York Times: Health. January 17, 2006. Accessed May 1, 2018.
  • Sciatic Nerve.” Mayo Clinic. Accessed May 1, 2018.
  • Yeomans, Steven G. “Sciatic Nerve and Sciatica.” Spine-Health. August 31, 2015. Accessed May 1, 2018.

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