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Your Back Pain That Shoots to the Butt May Also be Known as:
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Top 10 Back Pain That Shoots to the Butt Causes

  1. 1.Unexplained Acute Low Back Pain

    A precise anatomical cause for low back pain is rarely identified. Often, the specific cause of the pain is unknown and is likely due to strain on the bones and muscles of the back from heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, or bad posture.

    Back pain often resolves within a few weeks. You can safely manage the pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and acetominophen (Tylenol).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, fever, back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with unexplained acute low back pain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with unexplained acute low back pain:
    buttocks numbness, thigh numbness, involuntary defecation, fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chronic Low Back Pain of No Specific Origin

    A precise anatomical cause for low back pain can only be identified in 20 percent of cases. The rest of the time, the specific cause of the pain is unknown, and is likely due to strain on the bones and muscles of the back from heavy lifting, prolong sitting, or bad posture. Chronic low back pain is characteristic of back pain lasting longer than 12 weeks.

    For most people, back pain goes away within a few weeks. Because your back pain is lasting longer, you should make an appointment with a physician. You might find it harder to recover and might need additional treatment such as a program of back exercises. If the pain is not too severe, you can safely manage the pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and acetominophen (Tylenol). It is also recommended to stay active and carry on with the things you usually do as much as possible, to help you recover faster. Sitting or lying still for long periods can actually make the pain worse. Your joints may become stiff which will make it harder and more painful to move your back.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, unintentional weight loss, fever, back pain that shoots to the butt, involuntary defecation
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic low back pain of no specific origin:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic low back pain of no specific origin:
    thigh numbness, buttocks numbness, lower back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. He/She will suggest treatments which include medications, physical therapy, braces, and surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, back pain that gets worse when straightening it
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Paget Disease of the Bone

    Paget's disease of the bone is a disorder in which the bone recycling process goes astray. While many people with the disease have no symptoms, some suffer from bone pain and easily broken bones.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will confirm the diagnosis with a blood test and bone scans.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, pelvis pain, back pain, spontaneous bone pain, ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that always occur with paget disease of the bone:
    spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Coccydynia

    The tailbone, called the coccyx, is the most bottom portion of the spine. Coccydynia is pain around the area of the tailbone, which is triggered by pressure on the tailbone such as during sitting on a hard chair. Symptoms get better with standing or walking. Doctors are not completely sure what causes this pain.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. This condition has no directed treatment, so you are advised to take over-the-counter pain medication and take pressure off the tailbone by sitting on a soft cushion whenever possible.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain, painful sex, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that gets worse when sitting
    Symptoms that always occur with coccydynia:
    constant butt pain
    Symptoms that never occur with coccydynia:
    warm and red tailbone swelling
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Lower Back (Sacral Vertebral) Fracture

    A sacral stress fracture is a small break in the sacrum. The sacrum is a large triangular bone at base of the spine. The sacrum connects to the pelvis.

    You should contact your physician. Treatment will probably include a brace to stablize your back and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, lower back pain from an injury, severe back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with lower back (sacral vertebral) fracture:
    lower back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Osteoid Osteoma

    An osteoid osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that usually develops in the long bones of the legs. The thigh bone (femur) is affected most commonly, although the bones of the hand or the spine can have occasional involvement. This condition is most often found in young people.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This condition requires a variety of treatments such as minimally invasive surgery to kill or scrape off the tumor.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, upper back pain, spontaneous back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with osteoid osteoma:
    hip pain, bilateral leg swelling, weakness in both arms, weakness of both legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Cauda Equina Syndrome (Slow - Onset)

    Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

    You need to seek immediate care at an Emergency Room.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid - Onset)

    Although leg pain is common and usually goes away without surgery, cauda equina syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the bundle of nerve roots (cauda equina) at the lower (lumbar) end of the spinal cord, is a surgical emergency.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, leg weakness, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  10. 10.Spondylolysis

    Spondylolysis is a defect in the connection between vertebrae, or the bones of the spine. Over time, small stress fractures can weaken the bones enough to cause separation of the joints. The most common symptom of this condition is low back pain, which may feel like a muscle strain.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment for this condition is usually conservative, including pain medication, a break from sports and other activities until pain subsides, as well as physical therapy in some cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, lower back pain from an injury, back pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with spondylolysis:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with spondylolysis:
    back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Pain That Shoots to the Butt

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.How long have you been experiencing back pain?
  • Q.Does your back pain radiate anywhere?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Back Pain That Shoots to the Butt Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced back pain that shoots to the butt have also experienced:

    • 8% Lower Back Pain
    • 6% Back Pain
    • 5% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced back pain that shoots to the butt were most often matched with:

    • 8% Unexplained Acute Low Back Pain
    • 2% Chronic Low Back Pain of No Specific Origin
    • 2% Spinal Stenosis

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