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Relief from muscle pain in right buttock - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.please proceed with your health query
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User :   Hello! Starting around March 20 I have a muscle pain in my right butt cheek on the outter side. It hurts there and in my inner grion aread when I cough or sneeze. If I take excedrine that pain is pretty much gone for about 4 hours and then comes back. It hurts to put any type of pressure on it and at times if I go from sitting to standing it will feel like someone is pulling that muscle for about 15-30 seconds, evenings are the worse as this is my down time and I am not moving as much. Any suggestions to get rid of this, I have tried my tens unit on this muscle and tried stretches. Thank you!
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness if any
Doctor :   is the pain present only when you cough or sneeze?
Doctor :   or is it present everyday and at all times?
User :   age 33, female, height 5'7" 180 lbs
User :   the pain is there pretty much all the time but has its worse time like now in the evening
Doctor :   is there any back pain associated?
User :   some lower back pain, but I have had lower back pain now for about 4 years and the doctor could not find any cause of that
Doctor :   was any MRI scan done for low back?
User :   just x-rays
Doctor :   MRI will show more of soft tissue and disc related issues which x-rays do not pick
Doctor :   get the low back paina nd the pain inbuttocks examined by your physician and request for a MRI of low back
Doctor :   it would pick any disc bulges related
Doctor :   and possible cause for your buttock pain
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   the doctor checked my discs back in january this yeat
Doctor :   ok. was any problem diagnosed? what tests were done?
User :   no problems everything was fine
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what tests were done at that time?
User :   that was when the x-rays where done and a bunch of blood work for testing for artheritis
Doctor :   ok
User :   when I push on that muscle I can feel the tightness and it hurts
Doctor :   have you consulted any orthopedician for your low back problem?
Doctor :   could you describe the pain in buttocks and low back pain in detail?
Doctor :   does the pain start in low back and come down the buttocks?
Doctor :   is it a dull aching pain? or a sharp shooting pain?
User :   It feels tight and it hurts to stretch it and at time when I get up and start walking there is a sharp pain that goes in a matter of seconds there is no pain in my back when this happens. the lower back pain is mostly in the morning.
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   i would recommend an orthopedic evaluation for your pain along with an MRI to rule out any disc bulge associated that is responsible for your pain
User :   is there anything I can do in the mean time to relieve the pain as I have to small kids to take care
Doctor :   you can continue with back stretching and strengthening exercises, along with the TENS unit
Doctor :   and take Tablet Tylenol for pain relief
Doctor :   hot water fomentation and local application of Flexall will also help
User :   What is flexall?
Doctor :   it is a liniment / pain balm to relieve pain
User :   can that be found at any drug store?
Doctor :   yes, it should be available as an OTC medication. you can check with the pharmacist
User :   ok
User :   Thank you for your help
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   that should do it I will make another appt in the morning
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