Sciatica pin only in my buttock

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Reading all the various contibutions on this excellent forum I get the impression that sciatic pain runs down one leg and is usually a sharp type pain.

I'm experiencing, however, more of an ache type pain in my buttock--it's certainly not like an electric shock running all the way down my leg.

A  recent MRI scan has confirmed "a significant disc extrusion at L4/5".

Is anyone else experiencing this type of pain restricted to deep inside the buttock?

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    Sorry, that should have obviously been "pain" and not "pin" in the heading!!

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    The nature of the pain can vary and move. It depends on where exactly the nerve is being pressed. And everything is more or less free to move. Some symptoms are more common than others but your symptoms are not inconsistent with pressure on the nerve from the disc.

    Have you been given any steroids or other medication?

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      Right. Steroids can help with inflammation if the nerve if that is the main cause of the pain but they can help much with direct pressure from a bulging disc, not least because the ongoing contact just causes new inflammation.

      Have you started any physio yet? This is a good plan as it can reduce symptoms over time by helping to take pressure off the disc and allowing it to get back into a healthier shape. You will find posts on here attesting to that, and a friend of mine with really bad symptoms avoided surgery that way.

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      Sorry! That first sentence should have read

      Steroids CAN help with inflammation of the nerve if that is the main cause of the pain but they CAN'T help much with direct pressure from a bulging disc, not least because the ongoing contact just causes new inflammation.

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    I Have a disc herniation at L4 It hits my back in line with my hip, my thigh, the outside of my shin and sometimes my shin itself. My middle 3 toes and occasionally my groin, also can`t think why my thumbs.  For a couple of yrs it was just my buttock.

     

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      I haven`t got carpel tunnel but could be my neck has had a injury there yrs ago. It always coinsides with when my back has a really bad spasm so maybe the way I am holding my spine.
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