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Your Perineal Numbness May Also be Known as:
Numb perineum
Numbness between rectum and genitalia
Perineal tingling
Saddle numbness
Saddle tingling
Tingling between rectum and genitalia

Top 4 Perineal Numbness Causes

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.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

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Perineal Numbness

  • Q.Is your buttocks numbness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How numb is the area around your butt?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Do you work in a profession where you stand most of the day?

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Perineal Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced perineal numbness have also experienced:

    • 13% Lower Back Pain
    • 6% Facial Numbness
  • People who have experienced perineal numbness had symptoms persist for:

    • 25% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced perineal numbness were most often matched with:

    • 12% Spinal Stenosis
    • 12% Cauda Equina Syndrome (Rapid - Onset)

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