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Doctor insights on: Purple Discoloration On The Buttocks And Legs

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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 have what looks like bruising/discoloration behind my knee, but it's painless. It's a brown color, not purple/blue. What could be the cause?

I have what looks like bruising/discoloration behind my knee, but it's painless. It's a brown color, not purple/blue. What could be the cause?

Ecchymosis: This pigment could be due to breakdown products of red blood cells which stain the skin brownish yellow. Perhaps a tiny capillary or vein ruptured spontaneously and painlessly in the area. This pigment usually fades away gradually over a few weeks. Your physician can advise you further if necessary. ...Read more

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I was playing ball running, I experienced a pain under my right buttock. No discoloration, just stiffness. Is that the hamstring strain, pull or tear?

I was playing ball running, I experienced a pain under my right buttock. No discoloration, just stiffness. Is that the hamstring strain, pull or tear?

Painful sitting bone: A painful sitting bone (ischium) deep under buttocks is the origin of the hamstring tendon. Varying degrees of injury can occur at the origin or within the tendon and muscle. Mild sprains will cause local pain. Actual partial tears will cause still more pain and limit use for several days to weeks. Frank tears with distal retraction down thigh will cause significant swelling, pain, and stiffness. ...Read more

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Pain in back of left knee, calf, hamstring & buttock. Tingling/numbness in heel. Gets worse seated. No swelling or discoloration. Ican still exercise?

Pain in back of left knee, calf, hamstring & buttock. Tingling/numbness in heel. Gets worse seated. No swelling or discoloration. Ican still exercise?

What the heel is it.: Continuing to exercise at this point may inadvertently do further damage to the nerve involved. Would be best to get a evaluation to safeguard against prolonging your condition. ...Read more

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Does hemoroid cause pain in buttocks and legs?

No. It could: Be deep infection or even tumor. Get to a doctor for definite diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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What to do for pain in my lower back and radiates down thru the buttocks into my legs?

What to do for pain in my lower back and radiates down thru the buttocks into my legs?

Get it evaluated: You may be describing a case of sciatica or otherwise known as pinched nerve. See your doctor. I would suggest antiinflammatory meds and physical therapy as a first step. If the problem persists, you will likely need an MRI and more specific therapy. ...Read more

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I've been suffering frm past 1 month frm tingling in my buttocks which conts with pain in my outter thighs n calf but anyone leg at one tym?

I've been suffering frm past 1 month frm tingling in my buttocks which conts with pain in my outter thighs n calf but anyone leg at one tym?

Sciatica: Multiple potential causes, but one possibility is sciatica, which is an irritation of the sciatic nerve in the back causing pain that runs into the leg. Consider being checked. Usually a detailed exam can determine the cause. ...Read more

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Is the gastritis associated with the leg pain? I have pain at the back of my thigh specifically in buttocks area. I see this pain come and go.

Is the gastritis associated with the leg pain? I have pain at the back of my thigh specifically in buttocks area. I see this pain come and go.

Unlikely: Haven't ever heard of this relationship although everybody is unique so maybe you have some reflex sensations. You might want to treat your gastritis and see if the buttock pain goes away, that would help you know if something else is going on. ...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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I suddenly got numbness where the buttocks meet the legs, which happened after repositioning myself a few times to get a comfortable position in bed.

Pinched nerve: You could be suffering from a pinched nerve, or ischias as it can also be called. Keep active and hopefully it will get better on its own. Some anti inflammatories may help. If not, see your MD for further exam and studies. ...Read more

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Why would I have pain in my buttocks and legs during intercourse?

Why would I have pain in my buttocks and legs during intercourse?

Pinched nerve?: Maybe you have a nerve in your back that is being pinched when you are having intercourse. Or you have an infection in your pelvis. You should see your doctor for further evaluation ...Read more

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Pain in buttocks and legs generally feels achey and bottoms of legs feel tingly / shaky inside. Could it be sciatica?

Pain in buttocks and legs generally feels achey and bottoms of legs feel tingly / shaky inside. Could it be sciatica?

Uncommon, but...: Sciatica as the isolated involvement of the sciatic nerve is uncommon. More details are needed to be able to determine if sciatic nerve involvement is causing your symptoms. Please see your physician who can acquire a detailed history and physical exam to help localize the issue. ...Read more

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Pain in buttocks / leg while laying down only. What could be wrong?

Pain in buttocks / leg while laying down only. What could be wrong?

Go see your doc: You may need an MRI of the back. Go see your doc. After his exam, you may need steroids (medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak) and a referral to the physical therapist and a xray or mri, depending on the exam. ...Read more