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Pain in lower buttocks on side

Posted by @karencar, Sep 17, 2016

I have pain on the right side of the lower buttocks. Ortho Doctor said it was from my back. I have no back pain. X-rays show normal hips. The pain sometimes radiates down my leg and sometimes to my foot. Doctor said don’t do anything about it until you can’t stand it anymore. So far I can live with it. I take Celebrex and Tylenol for arthritis of the knee cap which I have had for 30+ years. This helps the buttocks pain too. I am 72. Is there any therapy for this?

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Are you sure there is not a fracture in your pelvic area? I too had pain in my buttock that radiated down my leg to my knee. My pain dr ordered a CT scan which showed I had a fracture in my left sacral bone. I too was told by an orthopedic dr that nothing could be done and I have been taking pain meds. My pain dr is going to an epidural in the area to try and give me some relief. Maybe something to check out with your dr.

Welcome to Connect, @karencar! You’ll see that @grammx4 is also experiencing something similar. I’m hoping she’ll be willing to update us after her epidural treatment in the discussion thread she started. You can find that here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pelvic-fractures/

I’d also like you to meet @predictable, @dawn_giacabazi and @safetyshield. Who may be able to share their experiences with you and may know of some type of therapy for this.

@grammyx4

Are you sure there is not a fracture in your pelvic area? I too had pain in my buttock that radiated down my leg to my knee. My pain dr ordered a CT scan which showed I had a fracture in my left sacral bone. I too was told by an orthopedic dr that nothing could be done and I have been taking pain meds. My pain dr is going to an epidural in the area to try and give me some relief. Maybe something to check out with your dr.

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Thank you for replying. X-rays done in the office of one of our leading specialists in central Indiana showed no fracture. He is thinking a pinched nerve in my spine. Hard to believe since I have no back pain. Will probably not do anything unless walking gets difficult.
Karencar

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Hi, @karencar. Our moderator, Nate, thought my experience with a mysterious lower back pain might suggest an option for your medical team to look into. In my case, my spinal surgeon and pain doctor recommended standard therapy for the pain — PT for several weeks followed by an epidural of pain killer. Instead, my primary care physician suggested to first determine whether I had inflammation of my right sacroiliac joint — a diagnosis that depended on ending the pain with injection of an anti-inflammation agent directly into the joint. That fixed the problem, and it has not recurred.

My case was different from yours in that no pain radiated down below my buttocks or down my leg. Though that might be possible from the inflammation I had, your doctors would have to tell you if my therapy might work for you. We’ll be praying that you find relief soon and hope that you’ll keep us posted on the treatment you received and whether it fixes your problem.

You need a new doctor. An MRI is the only way to tell what is really wrong. At 72, you could have spinal stenosis and/or arthritis and/or osteoporosis. Please see a neurosurgeon.

Phyllis

My symptoms, almost identical to yours, were diagnosed last week at Mayo Jacksonville as torn hamstring from a fall. X-ray and CT scan showed no fractures in hip bones or femur.

@drumsville

My symptoms, almost identical to yours, were diagnosed last week at Mayo Jacksonville as torn hamstring from a fall. X-ray and CT scan showed no fractures in hip bones or femur.

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Thanks. What are you doing for it?
karencar

Karen

@predictable

Hi, @karencar. Our moderator, Nate, thought my experience with a mysterious lower back pain might suggest an option for your medical team to look into. In my case, my spinal surgeon and pain doctor recommended standard therapy for the pain — PT for several weeks followed by an epidural of pain killer. Instead, my primary care physician suggested to first determine whether I had inflammation of my right sacroiliac joint — a diagnosis that depended on ending the pain with injection of an anti-inflammation agent directly into the joint. That fixed the problem, and it has not recurred.

My case was different from yours in that no pain radiated down below my buttocks or down my leg. Though that might be possible from the inflammation I had, your doctors would have to tell you if my therapy might work for you. We’ll be praying that you find relief soon and hope that you’ll keep us posted on the treatment you received and whether it fixes your problem.

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Thanks.

Karen

@drumsville

My symptoms, almost identical to yours, were diagnosed last week at Mayo Jacksonville as torn hamstring from a fall. X-ray and CT scan showed no fractures in hip bones or femur.

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I’m seeing a chiropractor when necessary. I take Calcium With D3. I sometimes try something new in vitamins. But therapy does work, especially for my spine. They have something called D-Vax which stretches the spine. It’s not covered by my insurance. But after 15 treatments, it worked for about a year.

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I’ve been dealing with pain in my right buttock. A chiropracter said it was
a hip rotater issue and gave me some help. At MAYO-EC I got some help from
Physical Therapy. I have now some stretches I do as maintenance to prevent
the pain.

Thanks. I’ve had physical therapy but didn’t help that much.

@karencar

Thanks. I’ve had physical therapy but didn’t help that much.

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I should add that I also have a cushion in my car’s bucket seat and a lumbar cushion as well. These help avoid Sciatica trouble and lower back pain when I go on Road Trips = my passion.

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@karencar

Thanks. I’ve had physical therapy but didn’t help that much.

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Thanks for the advice.

I could further add that I bought the cushions at the Mayo Home store on the corner of Barstow and Madison in Eau Claire. I checked a few trucker stores and didn’t find what I needed. In addittion their prices were higher on what they did offer.

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