So, I have been having pain in my lumbar spine for about a year now. While in California (May/June) I noticed pain in my right hip, and down my leg which I assumed was sciatic.
I had an ESI last month, and immediately following, the pain in my right hip was the worst ever, and even flared up in my left hip. A few days later, the pain was gone from my spine (yay) but still in my right hip.
Last weekend (around Oct 1st) The pain in my right hip became unbearable again, and caused my spine to "flare-up" (spine felt bruised)
I am not feeling pain in my spine anymore (yay) but am getting intense pain in my right hip, and now in my right knee.
When I woke up this morning, my hip was at about a 4. It has gradually increased throughout the day, to about a 6-7. I just loaded up the dishwasher (15 mins?) by the time I was done, I was limping.
My neurologist has always been concerned about how severe the pain was in my hip. He felt it was too intense to be referred from my spine. I was supposed to have a bone scan a few weeks ago, but found out I was pregnant, and had to cancel.
I have been to PCP, Neurologist, Neurosurgeon, Pain Management, and even another PCP. Should I seek out a Rheumatologist or Orthopedist?
Does anyone know what kind of tests can be done? I was told that I have arthritis in my spine, and probably in my hip. Is it possible to diagnose without a scan? Has anyone else had these symptoms?
Thanks for your input
... I am off to try to go to sleep