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Buttock, left hip pain

bep1224bbep1224 Posts: 103
I had disc surgery in October, and still having a lot of pain in my left buttock, and left hip. I had L2-3 rupture shaved and L3-4 bulge shaved. My initial complaint was hip feeling like it was catching and felt like hip was bone to bone when walking. Also had flank pain radiating through hip to groin. I am still experiencing same problems after surgery. I have had 3 injections in SI joint with no relief. Was sent for another lumbar MRI and it showed everything is ok. Am being sent now to Ortho Dr. to check out the hip. Besides all the pain I experience, I am curious If any one has had trouble laying on hard tables such as MRI or even the Dr.'s exam table? I have alot of pain laying on my back , and then when I roll off the table to get up, my legs buckle under me. It takes a few minutes to be able to stand on my legs. I have extremely bad pain trying to stand up and the legs just buckle. Thanks for any answers
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  • Hopping that you will soon find some answers.
  • If you find out anything please let me know. The hip catching/pain and flank and groin pain sound all too familiar. Mine is left hip/buttock/groin - it was present prior to my lumbar fusion and has returned since surgery. Now I can feel that area start to feel tight after walking for about 12 minutes - and then it starts to feel like it is catching. Sometimes stretching my quads seems to help a bit. Sometimes there is also groin and even pelvic pain and sometimes not. The hip pain is on the outside of my hip where it connects with my leg. Does this sound at all like your pain?

    No one has been able to really diagnose this issue for me but I have had injections, PT (for possible piriformis issues), and ultrasound treatments. It is a mystery!

    I hope you find answers!
  • I also have the same pains as described above except it's on the right side. One of the many docs I've seen said it could be bursitis. The ortho was hoping the fusion would fix this problem but it's still there.

    Good luck on finding a diagnosis for this and please keep us posted.
  • After getting a Hip MRI, Hip exam, and Hip Xray, Ortho Dr said hip looks great. (Which is great news) He said I have a small spur under the bursa and the bursa was inflamed. He gave me a cortisone in the bursa to help take down the inflamation. He said that was not causing the syactica and buttock problems, but was relating because of the limping and the way I sit because of the pain. Went to family Dr and she explained that according to 2nd MRI of lumbar after surgery, I have scarring occuring at the disc sites involved from surgery. It also shows some mild bulging still. So much for shaving of discs. She is sending me for EMG to see if there is any nerve damage and what that would mean. I guess I am not a patient person. I want to be relatively pain functional asap. I am wanting to return to work, heck I just want to return to normal or close to it. Hoping the therapy will some how help. Most everyday I have about 10 to 15 mins in the morning when I almost pain free, then I get up and move and here comes the pain. Good days are 5-6 pain. Bad days 7-8. Unfortunately it seems I have mostly bad days.
  • My left hip si and leg are bothering me so bad.I have has left si pain for years and they thought the ruptured disk was casuing the pain now that the disk has been replaced and my si is still hurting bad I am begining to feel derpressed Although my back is much better .I am sick of suffering with si pain. I have has cortizone injected into it several times and other steriods without any good outcome.the pain has remained.
  • I am so sorry to hear that you have the same infliction. I am so frustrated as I am sure you are too. The surgeon said the back operation would take care of everything and I believed him. I find it frustrating that no one can pinpoint why I have the pain. They send me for tests and everything in their opinion looks good, so then why the never ending pain? I see that you have been suffering for years and that really discourages me. I keep thinking that if they could just figure things out and treat it, then I would be back to normal again. It seems the doctors are just treating me for whatever, with no clue as to what is wrong. Nothing is working, so let's try something else. I feel like a human guinea pig. In this day and age you would think they would have some kind of diagnosis that is concrete, and a cure. I had to go have an EMG. Not a pleasant experience I might add. After the shocks the Neurologist came in with his brutal needle. The bottom of my foot bled like a stuck pig and hurt like the dickens. He finished and told me to get dressed. I questioned him as to why he only did my right side when it was my left side that hurt? He gave me a funny look, then looked down at the paperwork and told me "You're lucky today, you're getting a two for one deal" I could have slugged him. So now I'm waiting to see if I have nerve damage and muscle weakness. I am so over doctors and doctor visits. I understand your depression. It's an easy place to be after day in day out of pain and no resolution. Then you think of the possibility of always having the pain and no quality of life. Hang in there Lisa and know you unfortunately are not alone.
  • 8} i feel your pain but the best thing i can do for my si is stretch it out . i hope this helps and i know it hurts while doing the stretch but it does seem to offer some relief . good luck
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  • Just got back from Dr. to go over EMG results. No surprise, test came back normal. Great news but no answer as to why I have the pain. So I have had lumbar MRI, showing scarring and slight bulge on surgical site. (Surgeon says MRI is normal). I had hip xray and MRI, normal except for a small spur under bursa which again is considered normal. SI EPI's did nothing for pain. Now doing traction. 1st one so I can't really say that it is not working. Still in pain and not noticing any relief yet. I am so frustrated. I just want to know what is causing the inflamation, the pain in butt, hip, and leg. Then I want the proper treatment to relieve or stop the pain. All the tests are normal but I sure don't feel normal. I will admit that this pain and lack of normalcy is getting the better of me. I have even considered the possibility that maybe it's all in my head but the consistency of symptoms make that diagnosis seem unreal to me. I guess I just need a good cry now. LOL
  • Don't give up yet. I just had and Esophagal Endoscopy, an ulta-sound of Upper right quadrant for stomach pain, and a CAT scan of cervical for numbness and tingling of fingers of both hand. Yesturday I got results of all test, NORMAL.
    I am to the point of just giving up of complaining, hope and pray that my SS and Retirement Disability will come through. I go back to the NS in 6 weeks for a follow-up visit. My biggest complaint is not being able to sit down to a meal of any kind without choking or regurgitating every other bite. I had a Barrium Swallow, a modified Barrium Swallow, and last week an Endoscopy. All normal.
    The GI doctor did see some constriction in the esophogus, so he did a dialation. It allowed me to take bigger bites, but still choking. So, I, like you, do not know what to do. Just don't give up. Keep in touch.
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