For the past three or four weeks I have been having pain in my left buttocks. I fear the pain may be due to a herniated disc as it gets worse when I cough and sneeze (at least when my back is leaning toward the effected side. I saw one doctor who said that it was not a herniated disc and another who said that it is. Neither wanted to do MRI's. The pain is really only in my buttock but it is activated by bending over or bending to the side. The pain gets much better after i've been walking for a long time but after about 5 or 10 minutes of laying down, all of the pain comes back. The doctor did a straight leg test and there was no pain when he lifted the leg but when I left the leg by itself I get a severe pain in the buttocks. Also, in the mornings after getting out of bed, the pain in the buttock is activated when I step forward with my left foot. Any moving of my left foot forward while extended will cause severe pain. I'll have to spend the first few hours of the day walking with by keeping my left hip away from my center and pushed down. After a few hours I can walk normally but the pain will return within minutes of laying down and I'll have to repeat that process all over again. The pain doesn't leave the buttock though, it doesn't run down the leg or anything. So I'm wondering if it's even sciatic pain at all. my questions are. 1. Can sciatic pain be only in the buttocks? 2. Does the sciatic pain from a herniated disc get better after walking? 3. Could my pain be caused by something else other than a herniated dic? I'm quite worried because I enjoy an active lifestyle and I don't know what I will do if I have an injury that will prevent me from being active.
Thank you for your help.
Answer Dear Nathan,
This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Ukranian Village 60622, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
The pain in your buttox appears to be arthritic or muscular. It does not appear to be related to your bulging disc. A good internist with a hands on exam should be able to figure it out. They will press the suspected muscle and associated joints & try to reproduce the pain. That will get you the answer.
And yes-it is not sciatica.
Hope this helps & Good Luck!
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