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Extreme pain in butt cheek!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
Thursday, I was doing Marine Corps Martial Arts, and was shoulder thrown, landed on my back and right above my left butt cheek and a little closer to the spine I hit a steel toe boot. Now, when I press on the muscle that runs down the side of my spine, the left side, I get a really sharp, crippling pain in my upper left butt cheek!! Its really bad, walking and doing the simpliest task such as putting socks on and getting dressed bring me to a stand still! Sitting down and when Im in bed I have little to no discomfort. I went to the Urgent Care center after the accident occured, took x rays and the doc just said it sounds like a bruise, and since there are so many nerves in the lower back region pain like this can be normal?! I however think my pain tolerance is pretty high, and have never been through this kind of pain before. Is this really normal? Anything I should be worried about? They gave me some steroid anti-inflamitory, and a few other meds for pain and inflamation. I know its only been roughly 48 hours since the injury occured but kind of worried since Ive never experienced pain like this before..Any help would be nice! Thanks!


  • Also, I have no numbness or anything like that, the pain is really concentrated in one area, upper left buttcheek! No pain in the back or spine area, other then a little tenderness on the point of impact, which sends the sharp pain to the cheek...
  • It is actually quite common for that type of injury to occur with hand to hand combat training and martial arts. The nerves that exit your spine have to travel down the length of your backside and leg. Years ago the military had to change NBC training techniques for nerve gas exposure due to nerve damage occurrences. Atropine auto-injectors used to be filled with an inert mix and injected into the glute since it is usually a large accessible muscle. After several training accidents it was determined to be safer to train to inject into the large portion of the thigh. Less chance of hitting a nerve.

    Don't know how many injections you've ever had in the backside, but those giving them have to be careful to "map" things out so as to avoid hitting a nerve.

    If things don't settle soon, see your PCM or go back to Urgent Care. It takes a while for any insult to the nerves and muscles to settle down. That's the hardest part of this junk, having the patience to let things heal.

    Welcome to Spine Health.

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  • Thanks for the response! Ive had a few shots in the buttocks lol, never any complications with a nerve though luckily! How long do you think I should give it to repair itself before returning to medical? Im a very active person, and being stuck in bed is torture to me haha!
  • What was the recommendation from Urgent Care? Those guys generally like to say "if it doesn't improve in 2 weeks, then come back in ... yada, yada, yada". Were you given any follow up instructions to follow up with your PCM? You might consider scheduling a follow up with your PCM anyway just to be on the safe side and in case you need a chit to get out of PT and for light duty. Urgent care guys don't always take as much time as your PCM can.

    I can't say how long you should wait, only your doc who does a personal evaluation can do that. Don't let the rest of the guys in your shop put pressure on you to suck it up and get back into it before you are ready. If you don't let it heal right, it could become a chronic condition. So the more info you get the better.

  • He didnt really give me any follow up instructions. My PCM wanted me to go see him the next morning, but I called and told him I was stuck in bed haha, and really didnt feel like wobbling over to medical, and he said just come Monday. My shop is pretty cool about it, Im normally the one who runs the PT so when Im out they know Im not fakin the funk...The worst part about this all is I was in an instructors course, it was three weeks long, and I was literally 15 minutes from being done. I still got my certificate and belt, but...yea..haha. I think Im starting to see some slight improvement already. Yesterday I was doing a few chores around the room...By no means am I back to normal but Im a little more mobile. I will keep you guys posted on what they say tomorrow when I go in...Thanks for the replies! Hopefully Ill be back in the fight shortly!!
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