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Back pain radiating down to the butt

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Back Pain That Shoots to the Butt

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced back pain that shoots to the butt. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Sciatica

    The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of the human body, and it runs through the buttock, down the thigh and into the calf, sending information to the muscles in the back of the thigh and leg, as well as the surrounding skin. The sciatic nerve itself is supplied by nerves coming from the spine in the lower back. Sometimes, one of the disks separating the vertebrae (bones of the spine) may bulge out a little bit, putting pressure on one of these nerve roots, causing sciatica, or shooting pain down the sciatic nerve.

    Problem will resolve itself within several weeks in 80-90% of cases.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, numbness in one foot, pain in one leg, numbness in one thigh
    Symptoms that always occur with sciatica:
    back pain that shoots down the leg
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Piriformis Syndrome

    Piriformis syndrome is a condition when a muscle spanning the lower spine to the top of the thighbone presses upon the sciatic nerve, causing pain and numbness.

    1-2 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pelvis pain, butt pain, pain when passing stools, leg numbness, hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with piriformis syndrome:
    involuntary defecation, leaking urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back

    The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. Although people talk about a slipped disk, nothing actually slips out of place. The outer shell of the disk ruptures, and the jelly-like substance bulges out. It may be pressing on a nerve, which is what causes the pain.A slipped disk is more likely to happen due to strain on the back, such as during heavy lifting, and older individuals are at higher risk.

    The pain associated with a slipped disk usually goes away within six weeks. If the pain lasts longer, consult a doctor. They may send you to see a back specialist for an MRI of your spine, and surgery may be considered.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, moderate back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that gets worse when sitting, leg weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Low Back Strain

    A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. A low back strain happens when one of the muscles in the lower back is stressed due to an unusual movement (such as lifting a heavy object, or lifting while twisting).

    This is usually a self-limiting problem, and should subside on its own within weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that gets worse when sitting, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, lower left back pain, lower right back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with low back strain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with low back strain:
    involuntary defecation, first time leaking urine, back numbness, toe numbness, foot numbness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Back Pain Due to Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is a strain on the body and can cause many temporary ailments. As the baby grows and more weight is added in the mid-section, pressure is put on the back causing lower back pain.

    By the end of pregnancy

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with back pain due to pregnancy:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with back pain due to pregnancy:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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

  • Q.Does your back pain radiate anywhere?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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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:

    • 26% Lower Back Pain
    • 5% Hip Pain
    • 4% Sharp Lower Back Pain
  • People who have experienced back pain that shoots to the butt were most often matched with:

    • 42% Piriformis Syndrome
    • 42% Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Lower Back
    • 14% Sciatica
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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