Pain in buttocks

Hello everyone, I have been experiencing pain in my back and buttocks for the last 2 weeks. When I sit down my buttocks are very painful and when I walk it is very uncomfortable, I also have pain in my groin. I have had sciatica previously, but this feels different. I also have fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis in hands and feet, diabetes, asthma, sarcoidosis both lungs, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, GERD.

I take a lot of medications, but can't tolerate strong pain meds. I am waiting to go to pain clinic for swollen painful hands and physio. I am on Sulfasalazine, paracetamol, Pregabalin and steroids for pain plus a load of others.

Any suggestions greatly received.


8 Replies

  • I was going to say that this sounds exactly like the sciatic pain I get, but more so because my disc had slipped on to it, so I was getting the pain in my bum from that. I suggest you,get it checked out though, don't wait!

  • Thanks for your reply, will see how it goes, if it's no better later this week I will make an appointment with GP.


  • Jan, I wouldn't wait, get a GP appointment made, even if it goes away by the end of the week, I'd still get it checked out.

  • Hi Titchyj..yes sounds.feels like sciatica..I've got..but in right side worset.. My tail bone hurts too..couldn't bad in both sides..feel your pain shops you live near a good gp.x

  • Sounds like me when my bulging disks hit the wrong nerves. A back roll helps some. xxx Mitzi

  • Are you under the care of a rheumatologist for inflammatory arthritis? If not, then please ask to be referred. Buttock and back pain is classic in spondyloarthritis, and it can be treated. If your GP isn't keen on referring you, check out the criteria for inflammatory back pain from the website and go armed with the information when you ask for a referral. Spondyloarthritis typically doesn't respond to the kind of disease modifying medications used for Rheumatoid arthritis but does usually respond to NSAIDs and steroids, though steroids shouldn't be used long term. My experience is that the NHS tends to start treating any kind of inflammatory arthritis with DMARDs (like your sulfasalazine) even though they aren't shown to be much use in spondyloarthritis, and also that its much harder to get a definite spondyloarthritis diagnosis in the UK than in other countries. If you can, it would be really useful to be seen by a specialist spondyloarthritis (ankylosing spondylitis) clinic for a review.

  • Hi there Earthwitch, thanks for your reply. I am under a rheumatologist for inflammatory arthritis in my hands. I next see him at the end of the month. I cannot take NSAID drugs because of Asthma, I am currently taking 7.5 of prednisolone, GP and consultant not happy on increasing this. I have had a steroid injection within the last 4 weeks for my hands, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference. My hands are really swollen and painful. I have a bad cough and cold at the moment and when I cough the pain in lower back and buttocks get worse. The pain is radiating into the groin also.

    My spine is very sore as is my shoulders and neck. I am not good at the moment as the pain is really getting to me and I cannot tolerate strong pain meds. Catch 22 situation still the moment. Will look into the spondylorathritis and ask him about it.


  • To me, it sounds like arthritis (inflammation) in the sacrum...could affect nerves that supply the groin, as well. My first thought was tailbone pain, though, but that alone would be more likely limited to tailbone, I think, not likely spread over the buttocks...

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