Buttocks Pain: Not a Laughing Matter

Buttocks Pain: Not a Laughing Matter

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Buttocks Pain – Not a Laughing Matter

It’s easy to make fun of buttocks pain, but for anyone suffering from a certain conditions and disorders, pain in the buttocks is not laughing matter. People tend to make a joke of it: calling someone a pain in the buttocks is not a compliment.

It can be a symptom of a number of serious problems. This video covers the most common.

Sciatica – This is pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the legs or buttocks caused by damage or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the human body, and passes from the spine down through the buttocks down hrough the legs. When there’s a problem anywhere along the pathway of the sciatic nerve, pain is likely. Besides discomfort, sciatica can also cause tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation.

Arthritis – Arthritis, the painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints that often comes with age, can strike any joint in the body. If the hip joints become arthritic, buttocks pain is sure to follow.

Sacroiliitis – This is an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, which connects the base of the spine to the pelvis This inflammation causes low back pain and buttocks pain.

Paget’s disease of bone – This affects the rate at which old bone breaks down and is replaced by new bone. When this process is impaired, bones and become fragile and misshapen.

Osteoporosis – As you get older, your bones get thinner and more brittle as they lose calcium and phosphate. They become more susceptible to pressure and stress, which can cause pain.

Bursitis – A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that helps your joints work smoothly. When a bursa becomes injured or inflamed, it triggers discomfort, and that discomfort sometimes occurs in the area of the buttocks.

Gluteal claudication – This is a medical term that basically means an area of the buttocks is not getting a sufficient supply of blood.

Cancers – Cancers of the lower digestive tract, urinary system and reproductive organs may cause buttocks pain.

Pregnancy – Finally, carrying a baby to term puts a lot of stress on a woman’s lower back and buttocks. This strain often results in buttocks pain as well as low back pain.

While I hope I’ve given you some basics here, please remember that you should only rely on the advice of a medical professional for a diagnosis of pain you’re experiencing in the buttocks area.

I’ve produced a number of other videos on related subjects. You can click on the links in the description section above this video screen to watch them.

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