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I have sharp pain from my buttocks all the way down my left leg sometimes it hurts to sit stand or bend...What could it be?

I have sharp pain from my buttocks all the way down my left leg sometimes it hurts to sit stand or bend...What could it be?

Sciatica?: You are desscribing a condition called sciatica. This is an irritation of the sciatic (cy-attic) nerve as it come off your lower spine. This can be due to disc protrusion or arthritis or instability of the vertebrae. Usually treated with rest, heat or ice, anti-inflammatories and keeping the knees bent slightly. May need parenteral anti-inflammatories and pain meds and pt. See your pcp. Google. ...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


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I had decompression and fission done on L5 and S1 it was done 2Feb 2016. Now I get a stabbing pain from where the operation was done going down my buttocks in to my left leg. Is it something to worry about. My right leg also pains and goes numb?

I had decompression and fission done on L5 and S1 it was done 2Feb 2016. Now I get a stabbing pain from where the operation was done going down my buttocks in to my left leg. Is it something to worry about. My right leg also pains and goes numb?

Need Imaging: MRI with contrast would be most helpful to see scar tissue, nerve entrapment and disc pathology. You must be a candidate for exposure to magnetic fields (no metal fragments in the eye, no certain implanted things, etc). Would need decent kidney function too.
CT is complementary to see bone and bone graft from a fusion.
Until more info is available, no one can say prognosis or treatment. ...Read more

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I have severe muscle pain in left leg from my buttocks down. Had a hip operation 2 months ago and it is worse. Was diagnosed with bursitis and also had a back fusion 6 years ago. I have sle lupus. Please help?

I have severe muscle pain in left leg from my buttocks down. Had a hip operation 2 months ago and it is worse. Was diagnosed with bursitis and also had a back fusion 6 years ago. I have sle lupus. Please help?

Unfortunately there: Is not much that can be done for you over the internet. Go back to the health care provider that performed your hip operation and discuss your concerns with him/her. ...Read more

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No I don't have pain going down my left leg it is just my left buttock when I streach or bend over it hurts really bad for 3 months.

No I don't have pain going down my left leg it is just my left buttock when I streach or bend over it hurts really bad for 3 months.

Pulled hamstring?: Several causes of pain in the buttock area. Pain can be caused by a hamstring pull, by sciatica (limited) or by something called piriformis syndrome. Treatments for these things can include exercise, heat, stretching, injections, rarely surgery. Like any persistent pain, a physician should be involved at some point to do a more detailed exam and arrange tests or treatments. ...Read more

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Pain on left leg from top of knee to my buttock can't walk well I'm limping and hurts when I bent down?

Pain on left leg from top of knee to my buttock can't walk well I'm limping and hurts when I bent down?

May be from spine: Umay be coming from spine and I will advice to get it checked by yor doctor ...Read more

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Pain in left buttock traveling slowly down the backside left leg. Sometimes sharp pain and sometimes numbness while sitting. Better when I'm walking?

Pain in left buttock traveling slowly down the backside left leg. Sometimes sharp pain and sometimes numbness while sitting. Better when I'm walking?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a pain/spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Random sharp pain in left leg, down back of thigh and buttock. Hurts when walking, bending and sitting. What is this? How can I fix it fast?

Random sharp pain in left leg, down back of thigh and buttock. Hurts when walking, bending and sitting. What is this? How can I fix it fast?

Sounds like: You may have sciatica......try stretching......antiinflammatories if not contraindicated. If your not having success physical therapy might help. ...Read more

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When I sit my left buttock starts to hurt and it numbs my left leg all the way down to my foot?

When I sit my left buttock starts to hurt and it numbs my left leg all the way down to my foot?

Sounds like: You are putting some pressure on the sciatic nerve it could be something about the way you are sitting, the seat, or if you have a wallet in your back pocket on that side. Or perhaps you have a lower back issue that needs to be examined. ...Read more

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I'm getting pain in the top of my left buttock when moving that's making my left leg ache down to my ankle. Is this sciatica?

I'm getting pain in the top of my left buttock when moving that's making my left leg ache down to my ankle. Is this sciatica?

Possibly: It sounds like a nerve irritation (possibly sciatica). Are there any other symptoms. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and treat it. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left leg. It radiates from my buttocks to behimd my knee it hurts to sit at times but standing makes it better. What could it be?

I have pain in my left leg. It radiates from my buttocks to behimd my knee it hurts to sit at times but standing makes it better. What could it be?

Radiating pain: With your history of low back pain this could be radicular symptoms from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. It is also possible from a hamstring strain or peripheral sciatic nerve irritation from something like piriformis syndrome. You should follow up with a physician to further delineate your signs and symptoms and discuss possible imaging studies. ...Read more

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Occasionally my left leg starting with my upper buttocks will go tingly/cold. When the cold starts to go away my leg/left buttocks gets sweaty. Why?

Neurologist: You may have to be evaluated by a neurologist to determine whether there is a type of neuritis or peripheral neuropathy affecting the sciatic nerve. The symptoms don't suggest a musculoskeletal process. If deemed advisable tests like emg or spinal mri may be recommended. ...Read more

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Hi I'm currently having pain in my left bone buttocks when I sit or walk. It hurts when I put pressure on my left leg when walking. What causes it?

Hi I'm currently having pain in my left bone buttocks when I sit or walk. It hurts when I put pressure on my left leg when walking. What causes it?

See below: There are many causes of buttock pain. This could be referred pain from a disk or joint in your back, or possibly your hip. If the pain does not improve in two weeks see your physician for a full work up ...Read more

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Constant pinch nerve and numbness starting from buttocks to hips and ending in left leg. Nerves feel pulled and tight. Leg moves inward when walking?

Constant pinch nerve and numbness starting from buttocks to hips and ending in left leg. Nerves feel pulled and tight. Leg moves inward when walking?

Sciatica: This sound like a disc is pinching a nerve in the spine. If there is any weakness or bowel/bladder changes, I would see your doctor for imaging of the lumbar spine ...Read more

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Pain in lower back left buttocks. Tingling, pain, buzzing burning feeling in left leg foot. Random Pinching feeling in calf. Nerve pain?

Pain in lower back left buttocks. Tingling, pain, buzzing burning feeling in left leg foot. Random Pinching feeling in calf. Nerve pain?

Yes: Sounds like nerve pain possibly radiating down from your lower back. You need an exam by a physician. Antiinflammatories like Ibuprofen or Naproxen can sometimes help relieve this. If you have any weakness associated with the burning feeling, you need to see a physician ASAP ...Read more

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Foraminal stenosis at l5-s1 but emg is normal. Massive pain on left leg, between buttocks and foot. Why emg shows normal?

Foraminal stenosis at l5-s1 but emg is normal. Massive pain on left leg, between buttocks and foot. Why emg shows normal?

Radiculitis: Good question. An EMG shows if there is essentially nerve damage to the extent that the nerve is starting to no longer connect to the various muscle fibers being checked with the EMG needle. If instead the nerve is just "irritated" by a bulging disc or bony facet spur than the nerve will still be healthy enough to maintain the connection to the muscle and the EMG result will be normal. ...Read more

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Had toradol injection in buttocks for chest pain. Does this cause leg cramps? My left leg has been burning and cramping since. Could it cause DVT?

Had toradol injection in buttocks for chest pain. Does this cause leg cramps? My left leg has been burning and cramping since. Could it cause DVT?

If you suspect DVT: Then you must rule out DVT. Wat if the injection doesn't cause DVT and its coincidental and you happen to have one?
If you suspect it, check for it. DvT can kill. ...Read more

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After the 1st year after spinal fusion in l 4-5 it started to give me chronic pain in the left buttocks and left leg-then when it started to have debilitating pain in the top of thigh and inner thigh, pain management dr said-thats l3-4. My spine surgeon r

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After the 1st year after spinal fusion in l 4-5 it started to give me chronic pain in the left buttocks and left leg-then when it started to have debilitating pain in the top of thigh and inner thigh, pain management dr said-thats l3-4. My spine surgeon r

Failed back: It sounds like you are experiencing failed back surgery syndrome. We need more information to be able to discuss the options for your pain. You also can try to get second opinions from other doctors. ...Read more

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I have a left back pain and also left leg and buttock, it burns and electric shock.?

I have a left back pain and also left leg and buttock, it burns and electric shock.?

Pinched nerve: Whether from back ( from pressure on nerve from a herniated disc for example) or from spastic muscle in buttock putting pressure on the nerve, should help to take an anti-inflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen if you don't have kidney problems or allergic. Look uppiriformis muscle stretches and strengthen abdomen and back muscles as part of a back program with physical therapy a good place to start. ...Read more

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I have aching and pain in my left leg when I walk and my left buttock. When I stop the pain goes. I am 67 years old?

I have aching and pain in my left leg when I walk and my left buttock. When I stop the pain goes. I am 67 years old?

Radiculitis: Your spine may be the culprit! A Disc problem at level Lumbar vertebra # 5 Sacral 5 can be the reason for the pain in the distribution you describe. See your Primary Care Physician for an exam and perhaps a Lumbar MRI
Treatment is available! ...Read more

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I m having left leg pain since childhood but from past one year it starts from buttock and felt till toe. What can be reason?

I m having left leg pain since childhood but from past one year it starts from buttock and felt till toe. What can be reason?

Let me explain: When ever the radiate from the buttock to the toes? This means to me there is pinch nerve in the lower back. Check it. ...Read more

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Please help me! I'm desperate n have been in chronic pain for 3 years! My left buttock hurts so bad n my left leg goes numb n tingles all the time?

Please help me! I'm desperate n have been in chronic pain for 3 years! My left buttock hurts so bad n my left leg goes numb n tingles all the time?

See details.: This is likely sciatica or a nerve compression in your lumbar spine. You need an examination and an MRI of you lumbar spine as starters. This can be helped once the cause has been established. ...Read more

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I have really bad pain in my left leg. The, pain starts in, my calf going to toes making toes go numb. Then pain will shoot up my side into buttock?

Sciatica: It sounds like the problem is further up--you may have spinal stenosis or other nerve entrapment causing sciatica. Probably need to see either a neurologist or an orthopedic spine surgeon. A lumbar spine x ray and /or MRI would be a good start. ...Read more

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Have had 2 L5 surgerys Cannot put weight on left leg if I move it severe pain from spine over Left buttock and hip do I go to Dr or Hospital?

Have had 2 L5 surgerys Cannot put weight on left leg if I move it severe pain from spine over Left buttock and hip do I go to Dr or Hospital?

Same as before: Sounds like you are having an acute flare of sciatica. These symptoms will usually resolve within days to weeks. Recommend OTC antiinflammatories and or acetaminophen. If this does not help the pain enough or there is weakness in the leg, then I would recommend seeing your physician for further evaluation and management. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my vaginal/buttock area and the numbness has now moved to my left arm/left leg, foot and some in my right foot.?

I have numbness in my vaginal/buttock area and the numbness has now moved to my left arm/left leg, foot and some in my right foot.?

Needs a look: Unexplained numbness is a concern...Could be several causes...Neurological/orthopedic issues could be involved. I would strongly recommend that you see your family doc for an evaluation and possible referral for further evaluation and treatment.. ...Read more