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    Serious pain that goes from your behind to your thigh and calf can be a sign of a:

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    Serious pain that goes from your behind to your thigh and calf can be a sign of a:

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    Called a herniated or slipped disk, it happens when one of the cushions that separate the small bones in your spine gets squashed and starts oozing a jelly-like substance. Sometimes there aren’t any symptoms, but if the disk presses on nearby nerves -- or the jelly material irritates them -- it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. It’s usually caused by wear and tear as you get older and is treated with medicine, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery.

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    Hemorrhoids are found:

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    Basically swollen veins, they can be painless in your rectum -- the tube of muscles connected to your colon -- but you may have minor bleeding when you poop. If they’re on your anus, they can cause severe pain and irritation. Most of the time, you probably won’t know why they happen, but pregnancy and straining during a BM can put pressure on the veins. They’re treated with over-the-counter remedies, ice, and, in rare cases, surgery.

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    You may have chronic constipation if you have fewer than how many BMs a week?

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    You may have chronic constipation if you have fewer than how many BMs a week?

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    If you often have trouble going, it can be a problem with the nerves in your rectum and colon, a blockage in that area, or a problem with the muscles that help you poop. Certain conditions that affect your hormones -- such as diabetes, pregnancy, or a thyroid gland that doesn’t work right -- also can lead to constipation. If you have it only occasionally, it’s typically caused by a lack of fiber and water in your diet -- and a lack of exercise also can play a role. This usually goes away on its own.

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    A loose hair near your tailbone can cause problems if it:

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    A loose hair near your tailbone can cause problems if it:

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    It’s called a pilonidal cyst, and it usually happens at the base of your tailbone. Your body responds to the hair like it's a foreign object and builds a cyst -- a pocket of skin debris, hair, and fluid -- around it. It can be very painful if it gets infected, and it may need to be drained or removed. It happens most often in men in their 20s and people who are obese or aren’t very active.

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    This can help if you have a small tear in the tissue that lines your anus:

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    This can help if you have a small tear in the tissue that lines your anus:

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    This kind of tear, called an anal fissure, can cause pain and bleeding when you go to the bathroom. Sitting in the tub in a few inches of warm water for about 20 minutes a few times a day may ease your symptoms.

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    Your rectum can slide out through your anus. 

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    Your rectum can slide out through your anus. 

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    This rare condition, called rectal prolapse, happens most often to women over 50. While it can be a shock, it’s not usually a sign of a serious health problem. Special garments can help hold it in place, but surgery can sometimes correct it.

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    A severe, stabbing pain in your rectum can be caused by a spasm of the muscles in your:

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    A severe, stabbing pain in your rectum can be caused by a spasm of the muscles in your:

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    Called proctalgia, this pain can be caused by many things, including hemorrhoids, ulcers, or anal fissures. It also can be caused by stress. Talk to your doctor if you have this. He may recommend a natural vegetable powder that can help you have large, soft bowel movements that stretch your muscles and help prevent spasms.

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    Ulcers (open sores) can happen in your:

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    Ulcers (open sores) can happen in your:

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    Called solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, it can cause constipation, bleeding, and rectal pain, and you may pass mucus. It’s usually treated with changes in your diet, drugs, or therapy that helps you learn not to strain when you go to the bathroom.

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    Bruising on your buttocks should be treated differently from other bruises.

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    Bruising on your buttocks should be treated differently from other bruises.

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    If the pain isn’t too bad and the injury is minor, you can use the first three steps of the RICE method: rest, ice, and compression. (Elevation is the one you can leave off.) After 48 hours, you can use heat on it if that feels better. But see your doctor if there’s any bleeding or the pain is severe. 

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    Pain that goes from your lower back through your buttocks and down the back of your leg is caused by:

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    Pain that goes from your lower back through your buttocks and down the back of your leg is caused by:

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    This is called sciatica, and it happens to your sciatic nerve. This may be caused by a herniated disk, a bone spur on your spine, or, in rare cases, a tumor or nerve damage caused by diabetes. See your doctor. Your treatment will depend on the cause.

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    Pain and tenderness just under your buttocks can be signs of a:

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    Pain and tenderness just under your buttocks can be signs of a:

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    It’s called high hamstring tendinopathy, and it’s usually caused by overuse. In some cases, it can be painful to even sit on a hard surface. Runners, especially distance runners, are particularly at risk for it. Strength training and physical therapy may help.

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    This increases your risk of anal cancer:

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    Symptoms -- bleeding and pain in your rectal area and anal itching -- can be similar to things like hemorrhoids, ulcers, and anal fissures. You may also feel a mass growing in your rectal area. It rarely spreads, but when it does, it most often goes to your liver and lungs. It’s typically treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but surgery is used in some cases if the cancers are very small.

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SOURCES:

Medical University of South Carolina: “Digestive Disease Center.”

Spine-Health: “Piriformis Syndrome.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Muscle Contusion.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: Behindock Contusion.”

National Health Service: “Does anal sex have any health risks?”

Harvard Health Publications: “Hemorrhoids and what to do about them.”

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: “Rectal Prolapse Expanded Version.”

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