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Buttock pain Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Buttock pain. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had buttock pain?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: may suggest dysfunction of the sacroiliac joints (especially if woman and has had many children).

  3. How would you describe the pain?

    Why: e.g. sciatica is usually piercing.

  4. Point to where the pain is exactly?

    Why: patients often present complaining of hip pain but are actually referring to pain in the buttock or lower back and vise versa.

  5. What makes the pain worse?

    Why: e.g. sciatica is worse with coughing, sneezing, straining with bowel movements; osteoarthritis worse with activity; trochanteric bursitis is worse at night when laying on the painful side.

  6. Does the pain come on after walking a predictable distance and stop as soon as you rest?

    Why: may suggest gluteal claudication due to peripheral vascular disease.

  7. Have you had an injury?

    Why: e.g. fall - may suggest risk of fracture of hip or pelvis or Coccygodynia (ache in lower sacrum and coccyx sometimes following a fall, pain can radiate to buttocks).

  8. Sporting history?

    Why: trauma and over-use injuries from sporting activities are common causes of muscular and ligament strains around the buttock.

  9. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. peripheral vascular disease can cause gluteal claudication.

  10. Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease?

    Why: e.g. cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation.

  11. Back pain?

    Why: most pain in the buttock originates from the lumbosacral spine (most common) or sacroiliac joints.

  12. Hip pain?

    Why: disorders of the hip may refer pain to thigh, knee and also buttock.

  13. Leg pain?

    Why: may suggest sciatica, referred pain from lumbosacral spine or claudication pain (due to blockage of the arterial blood supply).

  14. Leg numbness?

    Why: may suggest sciatica as cause of buttock pain.

  15. Stiffness?

    Why: e.g. first thing in the morning - may suggest arthritis as cause.

  16. Shoulder ache?

    Why: may suggest polymyalgia rheumatica.

  17. Weight loss?

    Why: may suggest possible tumor e.g. myeloma or lymphosarcoma arising in the upper leg or pelvis.

  18. Impotence?

    Why: often accompanies gluteal claudication due to peripheral arterial disease.

  19. Buttock rash?

    Why: may suggest genital herpes or shingles as cause of buttock pain.

  20. Anal symptoms?

    Why: e.g. anal lump, anal pain, anal swelling - anal conditions may cause pain referred to buttocks.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Buttock pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Buttock pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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