What’s Causing the Numbness in My Buttocks and How Do I Treat It

What’s causing the numbness in my buttocks?

The numbness in your buttocks is caused by nerves being damaged or dead. If you have any kind of nerve damage, it will cause some sort of sensation like a dull ache or even numbness. There are many possible reasons why your body may experience such sensations:

1) A nerve may be damaged due to trauma (such as from a car accident), injury, surgery, cancer treatment etc.

2) A nerve may be damaged due to aging (such as from old age).

3) A nerve may be damaged due to other diseases.

Nerve Damage Symptoms:

1) Painful Numbness in Your Buttocks – Numbness in your buttocks is not a sign of a broken bone or severe trauma.

It is usually caused by a nerve problem. You might feel pain in your buttock area if there is a tumor, infection, tumor growth or other health issue that affects the nerves in the region. Some common problems include:

– Cancer – Cancer can affect nerves throughout the body and cause numbness in various parts of the body. For example, tumors can cause numbness around your eyes or ears. If you are experiencing numbness in your buttocks along with other symptoms like weight loss, fatigue, skin changes, and swelling then you may have cancer.

– Back Problems – Disorders that affect the nerves of the back can cause numbness in your buttocks and other parts of the body as well. For example, a herniated or ruptured disc in your back can affect the nerves and cause numbness not just in your buttocks but also in other parts of your leg.

2) Cold Feeling in Your Buttocks – Cold feeling in your buttocks might be a sign of damage to the nerves in that region.

This can be caused by certain health conditions like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and other medical disorders.

3) Tingling in Your Buttocks – Tingling in your buttocks might be a sign that you are developing nerve damage.

This is often a warning sign that something is wrong and may indicate a more serious condition such as diabetes, cancer, or a herniated disk. If you are experiencing tingling in the buttocks along with other symptoms like numbness, weakness, loss of coordination, or changes in your vision then you need to visit a doctor immediately.

What causes numbness in my buttocks?

There are various reasons why you might be experiencing numbness in your buttocks. The most common causes of numbness in the region include:

1) Diabetes – Poor blood sugar control leads to a reduction in the amount of glucose and oxygen that is provided to the nerves.

This results in damage to the nerves and can cause tingling, numbness, pain and other symptoms in various parts of your body.

2) Lumbar Herniated Disk – A herniated lumbar disk is a medical condition that can occur when the soft center or nucleus of an intervertebral disk pushes through the outer rim of the disk.

This can cause a lot of pain and numbness in the buttocks as well as other parts of your body.

3) Piriformis Syndrome – This is a condition that is often caused by an issue with the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve runs through your hips, buttocks and legs and can become compressed or irritated in this area due to muscle spasms or other issues. This compression or irritation can cause tingling, numbness and pain in the legs as well as other parts of your body.

4) Hemorrhoids – Hemorrhoids are swollen or enlarged veins in your rectum that are often caused by chronic constipation or other issues related to straining when having a bowel movement.

They can cause pain, itchiness, burning sensation and numbness in the rectal area and buttocks as well as headaches, nausea and other symptoms.

How to get rid of numbness in my buttock?

The good news is that there are many steps you can take to treat and relieve numbness in the buttocks caused by certain conditions:

1) Diabetes – If you have diabetes you will need to get it under control by following your treatment plan, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of exercise.

If you are taking medication for your diabetes you may need to speak to your doctor about adjusting the dosage.

2) Herniated Disk – If you suffer from a herniated disk you should consult your physician who may recommend surgery, physiotherapy, or other options depending on your specific situation.

3) Piriformis Syndrome – If you have piriformis syndrome you can try applying cold compression to the area.

Try keeping a bag of ice on your buttocks when you sit for extended periods of time as this can help reduce swelling and pain. You can also apply a heating pad or hot water bottle to the area to increase blood flow and relax the muscles.

In addition you should reduce your sitting time and take breaks to walk around as this can also help improve blood flow. You can also stretch your hip flexors, abductors and external rotators prior to engaging in any activity that may be causing the issue.

4) Hemorrhoids – In order to get rid of numbness in the buttocks caused by hemorrhoids you will need to follow a treatment plan that is designed for your specific condition.

Over the counter treatments and surgery are common options and you should consult your physician to determine which one is right for you.

5) Other – There are many other conditions and diseases that can cause numbness in the buttocks as well.

Consult a medical professional about your exact condition and how it should be treated.

In Conclusion

Numbness in the buttocks and other parts of the body can be a sign of a serious underlying condition. If you experience numbness or loss of feeling in the buttocks, or anywhere else for that matter, you should seek medical attention immediately.

While you are waiting to see the doctor you should keep an eye out for other symptoms that may be related such as pain, tingling, weakness, or loss of bowel or bladder control. Do not waste time seeing a doctor as these conditions can become life-threatening very quickly.

By getting to the root of the problem early, you can take steps to reverse any potential damage or even prevent a life-threatening situation. Numbness in the buttocks can have many different causes, and you should seek emergency medical attention if you notice any symptoms.

Make an appointment with your family doctor or a physician who specializes in the condition you believe you have. Be sure to provide as much information as you can about your symptoms so that he or she can make an accurate diagnosis.

After your appointment you will know more about what is causing the numbness in your buttocks and you can take steps to get it treated as soon as possible.

Resources

1. Medline Plus – Hemorrhoids Link

2. Medline Plus – Diabetes Link

3. Medline Plus – Herniated Disk Link

4. Medline Plus – Piriformis Syndrome Link

5. Medline Plus – Hemorrhoids Link

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