A 60-year-old female asked:
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lower back pain over buttocks. worse when lying down or sitting. what could it be? is ice or heat better? don't remember doing anything to cause it

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Dr. Jamie Bradbury
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Arthritis/stenosis: This could just be some arthritis of the back. In an acute injury it is technically better to use ice. If no injury, then which ever of ice or heat helps. You could also have some stenosis (just means narrowing) irritating (pinching) a nerve causing the buttock pain. If it doesn't get better on its own after a week or two consider doing some physical therapy to strengthen your core and back.
Answered on Dec 22, 2018
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