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I have had mild to sharp pains on the top of my left buttocks for 3 days. It comes n goes as I walk. What could this be?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Buttock pains

Most likely this is due to pressure on a nerve as it comes out between the vertebra of the lumbar spine.
This is usually caused by a slipped disk, which happens to all of us at some time or another. Usually if you wait 2-3 weeks, it will resolve on its own. You don't need fancy xrays unless it lasts over 6 weeks.

In brief: Buttock pains

Most likely this is due to pressure on a nerve as it comes out between the vertebra of the lumbar spine.
This is usually caused by a slipped disk, which happens to all of us at some time or another. Usually if you wait 2-3 weeks, it will resolve on its own. You don't need fancy xrays unless it lasts over 6 weeks.
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