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Cause of left lower back pain radiating to hip?

Cause of left lower back pain radiating to hip?

Disk, sij: Pain could be from a bulging disk, sacro-iliitis (sacro-iliac joint), facet joint arthropathy, lumbar stain, muscle spasm or many other causes... Go see a medical specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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I have lower back pain radiating through to my left side, it seems to ease if I drink lots of water.

I have lower back pain radiating through to my left side, it seems to ease if I drink lots of water.

Kidney stone?: The first thing I think of is a kidney stone. Of course there can be other causes and your physician will help clarify what's happening. ...Read more

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I have really bad lower back pain radiating to the front. It worsen at night but i have the pain all day. It started Saturday night.

I have really bad lower back pain radiating to the front. It worsen at night but i have the pain all day. It started Saturday night.

We need...: We need to know more information about what is going on with you. Did suffer any injuries? Did this start all of a sudden or has this happened before? Any urinary symptoms? Any vaginal bleeding or discharge? If pain is persistent then you should go to the nearest urgent care for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Lower back pain radiating down the front of both thighs but mostly my left front thigh Started after having to set in uncomfortable chair for hours?

Possible stenosis: If these symptoms occur with prolonged standing or walking they are certainly consistent with spinal stenosis. If they are occurring street other possibilities exist there could be a form of neuropathy after your prolonged sitting.I would suggest seeing a neurologist to assess where the pain is coming from ...Read more

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I have been experiencing bad lower back pain, radiating down my left leg. I can't afford to go to my doctor... Any advice would be so appreciated!

Stretch and walk: Stretching and walking are the best for low back pain radiating to the leg. Lie on your back with one leg flat and bring the other knee up to your chest and hold for 10 seconds, then alternate legs. Repeat that 3 times. Do this every day. Try to walk at least 5 minutes 3 times a day. Ice and heat can help. Drink adequate fluids. If you tolerate them, you can take acetaminophen and/or naproxen. ...Read more

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I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

Radiating pain: Pain after therapy radiating down the leg to the knee is most likely related to nerve irritation. I suggest you go back into the physician who referred you to physical therapy and be reassessed. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain radiating through sides and sides of belly. Blood in urine early today. Period ended 2 days ago. What could this be?

Severe lower back pain radiating through sides and sides of belly. Blood in urine early today. Period ended 2 days ago. What could this be?

Infection or stone: You likely have a kidney stone, though a urinary tract infection can cause similar symptoms, especially if tracking up from the bladder to the kidney(s). I think you should see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Developed severe stabbing lower back pain, radiating around hip to front groin area. Mri showed a hemangioma? What does this mean? A neurologist?

Depends on exact: Location of hemangioma, but get an opinion from a neurosurgeon if your doctor thinks hemangioma is cause of your pain. ...Read more

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58 y pt. With severe low back pain radiating towards both legs. Unable to move xray showing straightening of lumber spine? Diagnosis and treatment?

58 y pt. With severe low back pain radiating towards both legs. Unable to move xray showing straightening of lumber spine? Diagnosis and treatment?

Evaluate Low Back: If you are not improving have your doctor order a lumbar spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the back can cause leg pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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What to if I am experiencing lower back pain near the buttocks?

What to if I am experiencing lower back pain near the buttocks?

Buttock Pain: This can be the result of sacroiliac pain or referred lumbar pain. Pain in the si joint, where the pelvis meets the spine, is not terribly uncommon. This pain usually worsens with any weightbearing on pelvis (sitting, standing, lying on side). One or both sides may hurt. Injection is diagnostic, and pt usually helps. Referred pain may be arthritic disc or nerve pressure. Piriformis another cause. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Im 16 and in rotc. Hurts to bend over and sit down. All across lower back and I can feel mild pain in center of left buttocks?

What did you do?: You are so young. What did you do? Did you have trauma? You need to be examine and offer a very thorough history. Start there ...Read more

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Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?

Lower back pain worse when lying down. Worse when sitting. Located almost in buttocks. Does not radiate. What could it be? Is ice or heat better?

Pelvis joint: Female with low back pain & sciatica worse sitting/lying likely has unilateral sacroiliac joint subluxation; whereby lumbar nerves are tugged & impinged where they exit lumbar vertebra foramina. Sacroiliac joint instability is highly associated with sciatica. See comments: ...Read more

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62 female, right lower back dull pain radiating to buttocks when laying down.checked kidneys, GI,ovaries removed. Getting worse! Dr.doesn't know.HELP!!

62 female, right lower back dull pain radiating to buttocks when laying down.checked kidneys, GI,ovaries removed. Getting worse! Dr.doesn't know.HELP!!

Back pain: Perhaps the problem is something called acute (or chronic) sacroiliitis, an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. While not serious it can certainly be painfully annoying. Sometime, sacroiliitis can signal certain forms of arthritis such as polymyalgia rheumatica. Another possibility is piriformis syndrome and lumbar disk issues. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain by buttocks area what is it? Have neck arthritus

I have lower back pain by buttocks area what is it? Have neck arthritus

possibly SI joint: The sacroiliac joint is where the hip bones join the spine. Arthritis of this joint is often felt as pain in the buttocks sometimes extending down the thigh. It can be easily treated by an injection in the joint. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain and burning in my buttocks and leg?

I have lower back pain and burning in my buttocks and leg?

Sciatica: Leg pain radiating to buttocks/leg may be coming from a 'pinched nerve' in the lumbar (lower) spine. Pain can come/go depending upon the degree of nerve compression. An MRI scan will be able to show exactly which nerve is affected. The most important warning signs are leg weakness and change in bladder/bowel function. Development of these signs warrants an immediate visit to a physician. ...Read more

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Experiencing lower back pain, is pain in the buttocks region typical?

Yes: This is what is known as referred pain similar to when one may experience with a heart attack and the pain can go to the left arm even though the problem is in the heart. ...Read more

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What causes lower back pain just above the buttocks on the right side?

See below: Several things can. You have symptoms which could be severe and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What can cause horrible lower back pain that radiates into the buttocks?

Pinched back nerve: A nerve compression in the lower back would be the most common cause; this can be from a slipped disc in the lower back pinching a spinal nerve root, or from arthritis of the bones around those nerves. If this happened suddenly, it means a disc could have slipped at the time the pain started. Treatment is not bedrest (except for maybe a day) but gradually increasing movement along with medications. ...Read more

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For the past 2 or 3 days now I have this annoying lower back pain right about my buttocks. Whenever I bend over sometimes it shoots right into my back?

For the past 2 or 3 days now I have this annoying lower back pain right about my buttocks. Whenever I bend over sometimes it shoots right into my back?

Sciatica: It is very likely you have sciatica. The sciatic nerve can be irritated with carrying weight, excessive bending or a simple back strain. Furthermore, the relative weakness of your ab muscles can contribute. Recommend tylenol, (acetaminophen) exercise and ab strengthening. Might want to check with a pt for help as well. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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Lower stomach pain and lower back pain near my buttocks?

Is it neurologic?: First, is your problem neurologic; or is it due to intrapelvic issue or abdominal problems. If neurologic, most likely a problem with lower lumbar nerves can cause buttock pain but lower abdominal pain (not pelvic pain) usually involves upper lumbar nerve roots. However, problems with uterus, etc, colon can cause very similar symptoms, requiring quite different treatment. ...Read more

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Had lower back pain x 1 wk. Also in buttocks. Better now but not gone. Now have tingling down one leg. Should it improve since back is improving

It may improve...: Most cases of back pain will improve, especially with conservative therapies. However, the tingling down the leg indicates a nerve issue, the severity of which can only be determined with diagnostic testing such as MRI and/or EMG (best done 8 wks after symptom onset). It is possible to have isolated numbness/tingling of the leg without accompanied back pain. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain, both sides down to buttocks. Can't sit, or straighten back tried nsaids & pain meds, nothin helps lying down ok, hard to get up?

Low back pain: The pain you describe may be related to the lumbar spine or the pelvis and hips. I would recommend a visit to a neurosurgeon or spine specialist who may recommend physical therapy, pain management or an imaging study to evaluate and treat the pain. ...Read more

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62 female, right lower back pain when laying down radiates towards buttocks for two years.UT and GI checked.ovaries removed. HELP!!

62 female, right lower back pain when laying down radiates towards buttocks for two years.UT and GI checked.ovaries removed. HELP!!

Not sure what is: Meant by UT? Has this been evaluated from an orthopedic standpoint? If not- that would be prudent. Take care. ...Read more

Buttock (Definition)

The buttocks are the paired curved masses that make up our "posterior." each buttock consists of a layer of fat superimposed on the gluteus maximus ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more