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Facing new spinal stenosis diagnosis

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello! I've been trying to deal with left hip pain for years, progressively worse since left knee replacement surgery 2 years ago. It's gotten to the point where working, even part time, is painful. I just went back to my orthopedic surgeon and complained AGAIN. X-rays show the hip is not arthritic like my knees. He has referred me to the "spine guy" saying he thinks the arthritis is in the lower spine and spinal stenosis is probably going on. 3 more weeks of waiting for an appointment to try and get some help. I'm trying to learn all I can about this and I found your forum. It is kind of scary thinking about arthritis in your spine, especially since I am only 58. But, I am a fighter. I had to fight for years to get someone to listen about the knee arthritis pain, so I will hang in there and see what is going on and what I can do about it. I found with my knee replacement that forums, such as this, are so helpful. I will be waiting for real evidence of what is causing my pain and hoping to share my experiences with your forum. I'm not the first person to go through this, I know, and I'll be watching and reading and learning all I can.


  • Sometimes what we perceive to be hip pain is actually a referred pain caused by compression to a lumbar disc in the lower lumbar or sacral area. It is fairly common to develop little bony osteophytes that press into the central canal or the foramina where the nerves need to exit the spinal canal as they continue out to the lower extremeties. Depending on the location, this results in a predictable pathway going from the lower back, across the buttock and hip area, down the thigh, calf and into the ankle and foot. It can travel part of the way; it can just cause pain in the buttock or hip area or it can run the whole length of the leg.

    The new spinal specialist will probably want a MRI of your spine so he can better see what is going on. Be sure to post again and let us know what he finds.
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