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Butt Numbness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your butt numbness symptoms, including 2 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 2 Possible Butt Numbness Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

2 Possible Butt Numbness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced butt numbness. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

Rarity: Ultra 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

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Piriformis syndrome

The two piriformis muscles, left and right, each run from the base of the pelvis to the top of the thighbone. The two sciatic nerves, left and right, are each attached to the spine and run down between the pelvic bone and the piriformis muscle to the back of each leg.

If the piriformis muscle is damaged through sudden trauma, or through overuse as in sports, the resulting inflammation or spasm of the muscle can trap the sciatic nerve between the pelvic bone and the muscle.

Piriformis syndrome is most often found in women over 30.

Symptoms include pain over one or both sides of the low back, and shooting pain (sciatica) down one or both legs.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and sometimes imaging such as CT scan or MRI.

Treatment involves rest; over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; physical therapy; therapeutic injections; and, rarely, surgery.

The best prevention is a good regimen of stretching before exercise, to help prevent damage to the piriformis.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Butt Numbness

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Where exactly is the numbness in the area around your buttocks?
  • What is your body mass?
  • Have you ever injected drugs?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Butt Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced butt numbness have also experienced:

  • 16% Buttocks Numbness
  • 7% Lower Back Pain
  • 4% Foot Numbness

People who have experienced butt numbness were most often matched with:

  • 70% Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid-Onset)
  • 30% Piriformis Syndrome

People who have experienced butt numbness had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Less than a day
  • 23% Less than a week
  • 21% Over a month

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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