Perineal Numbness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand perineal numbness symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: saddle numbness, tingling between anus and genitalia

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Perineal Numbness Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

4 Possible Perineal Numbness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced perineal 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

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.

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: Hospital emergency room

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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.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, thigh pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that shoots down the leg, severe back pain, lower back pain from an injury

Symptoms that always occur with lower back (sacral vertebral) fracture: lower back pain from an injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Perineal 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?
  • Do you work in a profession where you stand most of the day?
  • Do you currently smoke?

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

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Perineal Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced perineal numbness have also experienced:

  • 9% Lower Back Pain
  • 7% Foot Numbness
  • 7% Lower Leg Numbness

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

  • 43% Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid-Onset)
  • 37% Cauda Equina Syndrome (Slow-Onset)
  • 18% Spinal Stenosis

People who have experienced perineal 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 Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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