One might feel a weird feeling in buttocks sometimes it can feel like a tingle or numbness which lasts just a few minutes after sitting on a hard chair for a long period it’s not uncommon and mostly not a cause for concern. If this weird feeling in buttocks or this  numbness is ongoing or is accompanied by other symptoms, like leg or back pain, a visit to the  doctor is must . Sometimes this numbness in the buttocks can be caused by a certain medical condition, like piriformis syndrome or by a pinched nerve. Numbness which comes on suddenly or is accompanied by the loss of bladder control or bowel movement or difficulty breathing  can indicate a serious medical problem. If you want to know all about causes treatment and everything related to weird feeling in buttocks in this article I have tried to explain it all


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What are the causes of weird feeling in buttocks?

There are number of conditions that can cause weird feeling in buttocks. These conditions can range from a pinched nerve or a fracture in the spine to more complex conditions like fibromyalgia or different types of arthritis or some other type of disease.


Sciatica is a type of pain which is present along the sciatic nerve path. It’s mostly  caused by compression of the nerve root due to a herniated disk or bone spur , this nerve compression can take place within or outside the spinal canal and typically in the lumbar spine. The two common symptoms are numbness and pain in buttocks. However, sciatica pain can radiate to any part of the nerve, from the buttock down the back of the leg and sometimes even below the knee. The pain is typically described as a burning or stabbing type in nature . One may also experience following:


Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is very rare neuromuscular disorder, however some research suggests that it’s often overlooked because it causes similar symptoms like the ones other common conditions cause, like that of sciatica or a slipped disc. There are some people who are diagnosed with low back pain but actually have piriformis syndrome. It happens when the piriformis muscle which is a narrow muscle in the buttocks, gets irritated or compresses the sciatic nerve. Other symptoms include following:


Cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome is a  very serious condition which occurs when a bundle of nerves in the lower part of the spinal cord called, cauda equina, get compressed. These bunch of nerves are responsible for the sending and receiving of information to and from the pelvis, legs, and feet. Cauda equina syndrome can lead to incontinence and sometimes  permanent paralysis. It is mostly  caused by a herniated disk that happens in the lumbar spine, however can also be caused by other spinal conditions which compress the nerves, like stenosis, spinal tumors, and some trauma or other complications from a spinal surgery.

Other symptoms of cauda equina include following:

If in case one experiences any of these symptoms, he should seek emergency medical treatment that is urgent surgery is mostly required to reduce the risk of permanent damage as it’s a serious issue.


Ankylosing spondylitis

It’s an inflammatory disease which  mainly affects the vertebrae, however can also affect other parts of the body, often eyes. As the disease progresses with time, some vertebrae might fuse leading to less flexibility in the spine . This disease can also affect the ribs and make  breathing hard. The associated symptoms usually develop between the ages of 17 and 45, and not to mention it affects more men than women. Unfortunately there is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, however there are treatments available to help in slowing down the progression of the disease and manage the symptoms to some extent. Early symptoms may include following:



This is a medical condition which is characterized by chronic muscle pain and this pain is widespread. The cause of this condition is still unknown till date , however it’s more common in women, and there are few risk factors too like rheumatic disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include following:



Sitting in the same position for prolonged period of time can sometimes cause a  weird sensation or numbness in the buttocks. This feeling should only last a few minutes and the  improve when a person gets up and moves around. However Piriformis syndrome may also cause pain or numbness which is worse during sitting.



Receiving an epidural during delivery can cause weird feeling in buttocks sometimes even may lead to numbness which is rare and only affects less than 1 percent of women in the world. The specific cause of the numbness of buttock in this case is not known well , but some believe that it may be caused due to  perforation of the cutaneous nerve in the pelvis during delivery, or due to lack of blood flow to the nerves which is caused by being immobile for an extended period after getting the epidural.


Spinal stenosis

This condition happens when the spinal canal gradually narrows, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots inside leading to numbness in buttock. A number of other conditions can cause spinal stenosis, but the most common one is osteoarthritis.


Herniated disk

A disk can becomes herniated if the outer layer tears, which lets  some of the inner material slip out leading to disk. A herniated disk has capability that it can press on nearby nerves leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in buttock or lower back . If the affected disk is in the lower back area that is lumbar spine  one will likely feel the pain in the buttocks only


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When to see a doctor for weird feeling in buttocks?

Any weird feeling in buttock be it numbness or any other feeling which comes on suddenly or doesn’t resolve after getting up and moving around should be evaluated by the doctor. If any person experiences  loss of bladder or bowel control or lose feeling in the face, arms, or legs, emergency team should be called as it is very serious could be cauda equina syndrome which is irreversible



A short brief period of tingling or any numbness in the buttocks after sitting for a prolonged time which resolves after one gets up and moves around is probably not a cause for concern. However numbness which can’t be explained and isn’t relieved by changing positions can be caused by a compressed nerve in the spine or another underlying serious medical condition which needs intervention .