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what causes extreme buttock pain with radiating pain down entire leg?

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Dr. Randolph Evans
42 years experience Neurology
A pinched nerve: A pinched nerve or compressed nerve root (sciatica) can cause pain in the buttock going down the leg in the distribution of the nerve which is compressed. The most common causes of pinched nerves are herniated discs and bony spurs.
Answered on Apr 3, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Pyriformis v disc: This sounds like sciatica(pain over this large leg nerve's distribution to the foot from the buttock) which can occur due to a disc herniation in the lower back compressing a spinal nerve and not cause any back pain or be due to a hip muscle known as the pyriformis irritating the sciatic nerve which it straddles in the buttock region mimicking a disc herniation pattern.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
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Dr. Mark Weston
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Siatica: Disv hermiation.
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Dr. John Lochemes
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Unlikely: It's possible the back has a pinched nerve in it. That would explain the connection to the lower back.
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