Pain in the body can be sudden and sharp or constant and dull. When pain turns chronic, you’re not sure if you should worry and go to the doctor or go out and get yourself a massage. Sciatica is a type of chronic pain which is characterized by pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. The cause of sciatica is often due to an injury or compression of the sciatic nerve. It serves as a symptom of another medical problem and is not a condition on its own so knowing the cause of sciatica is paramount for the right treatment. Pain arising from an inflamed sciatic nerve can occur from low back disease, pelvic injury, lesions pressing on the nerve, piriformis syndrome, or the presence of myofascial trigger points .
What is the sciatic nerve?
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body and functions as a sensory and motor nerve, meaning it is involved with sensation, strength, and reflex. It relays messages from the lumbar ...
Ever had a pain in the butt? No, I am not talking some crazy family member who cannot keep the mouth shut. I am talking about a real pain in the buttock region, possibly confused with low back pain.
A common cause of pain in the area of the tailbone, especially the tailbones in women, is the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). Before we proceed further, let us form a mental picture of the pelvis . The pelvis is a boney ring formed by four bones: two fused sections comprised of the pubis, ischium and ilium, one sacrum, and one coccyx. These four sections of bone are joined by strong ligaments at the pubic symphysis (in front) and the sacroiliac joints (in the back). All three of these joining points for the pelvic ring are potential sources of pain, especially in women and most especially in pregnant women. Thus, women in particular need to understand the risks for having SIJ dysfunction, the ways to diagnosis the problem, and the solutions for this pain in the butt.
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Dear Dr. Motola,
I'm experiencing coccyx pain 4 to 9 weeks after radical prostatectomy and it
is very debilitating. Is this a reported problem with some patients after such
Histopathology indicated that cancer
is specimen confined and MRI, CT and total body bone scan do not reveal any
extraprostatic disease nor metastatic involvement of skeleton. Lymph nodes and
seminal vesicles are not involved.
Is it possible that pelvic floor exercises are causing the problem due to
pull of muscles attached to coccyx or muscle(s) in spasm. Or is likely to be a
problem from the operation which should settle down with time?
The pain that you are experiencing is
most likely related to the healing process from the prior surgery . The
pathology report demonstrates localized disease and the pain is not related to
the primary disease.
The pubococcygeus muscle is the muscle
that you are contracting with the pelvic floor exercises, and although not well
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