Well I convinced myself that my right hip issue was not due to my back. My NS told me it was back related. I have had 4 hip surgeries and I thought this time I was for sure right. I was wrong. I had one of the drs in my office x-ray my right and left hip. I do have some problems on the right side. It has alot of arthritis and is more narrow than the left but the dr also took an x-ray of my back. Well he said I could have a little pain from my hip but my back looks like it is causing all of my problems. He seemed to think it is my facet joints that are giving my so much pain and referred pain. He said when the facet joints are arthritic it can cause so confusion with the muscles and nerves around them. So he ended up doing 3 level bilateral facet block injection. It definately didn't feel good because they are arthritic and are really inflammed but I was tough and made it right through them. Of course, the numbing medicine made my back really numb. Everything felt wonderful when I stood up NO PAIN. YES!!!!! Of course, the numbing medicine only last about 2-4 hrs and I am right back to hurting again now.
The dr I work for told me that if I had a fusion then he would expect me hips to need replaced about 2 yrs after. He said if your spine can't move then your hips and your sacroiliac joints will take all of the movement and mine will not be able to tolerate that. He also said that if I replace my hip because of the different way I would walk my back may get worse. So either way it is a lose lose situation. I guess my only choice is medicine and hope the facet blocks work. Surgery is out of the question for me even though a fusion is the only thing that can fix my back. I know it sounds bad but I was really hoping for something that could be fixed and not something that I am stuck with the rest of my life. So depressing.