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Hip pain with herniated disc?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
So my husband is having symptoms of a herniated disc. We are having a MRI next week. His symtoms are similar to mine but in different areas so I wonder about it. He is having horrible pain in his thigh muscle and then his hip he feels like the pain is in the joint of his hip. Is that something any of you have experienced with a herniated disc really bad hip pain that feels like it's the joint?

It started with horrible lower back spasms that we were in the ER for a few days ago. He was stuck on his stomach for 12 hours and would scream out in pain when even moving a little bit so I called an ambulance. He hadn't been to a doctor in 7 years so no doctor would prescribe anything for him and he needed something strong so going to the ER was the only option since he could not even get off of his stomach.

His back doesn't hurt anymore now it's moved to his thigh and hip. Mine was my butt and the back of my leg and my calf and foot. His may be a different nerve that is compressed so I just am wondering if the hip normally has pain like this with a herniated disc.

Thank you for your responses. I'm really worried about him. He's bed ridden right now because of it. Just since earlier this week. He looks really scared. I know how he feels I've been there.


  • I can sympathize and have an MRI which confirmed herniated disk and have that symptom. I have 3 positions, Lying flat on stomach (and lean over edge of couch to the PC and eat), on back (often with lumbar support cushion) and left side. I cannot lay on right side for long due to hip pain. In my case the herniated disk is hitting the nerve and causing the various muscles have spasm such as psoas (can look up full name of illiopsoas), which interact down to top of leg and back up to the hip (as well as quadriceps, Hamstrings through to top of foot which further effect each other). I was told the muscle spasms were also pulling the joints closer together which aggravate the pressure on nerves and so the cycle continues. It is less than a few weeks ago and can now lay on Right side without screaming pain and now do some laying down exercises (including right side) and the one standing exercise is to help stretch the psoas etc. If your post was a panic that maybe had a separate condition and hip failing then don't panic :D !

    Hope the MRI completes the picture from the physical diagnosis and your husband gets into a good treatment regime and on the road to recovery quickly.

    Sorry for your condition as well but must be completely different family dynamics compared to most of us with your husband having someone that can relate to his condition.

    Best wishes >:D<
  • He has not had any hip injury he has had back problems off and on for years but this is the first time it became serious. I just wanted to find out if the hip pain is part of a herniated disc problem so thanks for that info. He keeps thinking he is having a problem with his hip but me and the doctor think it originates from the spine.

    That's true it's a different family dynamic since I know his pain so well and how horrible it can be. I'm very sympathetic to his pain since I was bed ridden for a couple months on two different occasions a few years apart. It's a good thing that I feel great now so I can help him. No lifting anything but with his meds and having sympathy for his pain and cooking for him things like that.

    I'm right there on top of the pain meds helping him. It does get a bit hard because he falls asleep and I need to sleep sometime so I have a schedule set up on paper for when he takes his meds when I go to sleep that he can follow. But if he falls asleep sometimes it goes over that time if I am sleeping and then he wakes up with more pain.

    He is able to get up and walk but it hurts a lot and he walks to the bathroom and kitchen for just a minute and then goes right back to lay down. So at least he can walk to the bathroom now. It really hurts but it's not the screaming pain that he was in the night he went to the ER.

    Thank you for your response.

  • I had severe hip pain with L4/5 herniation and pinched nerve. It really felt like joint pain! After surgery my hip was much better. Good luck, I hope he gets some relief soon.
    Faith M
  • Many people have similar symptoms and assume they have hip joint pain, hip bursitis, or something similar, but it often is a lower lumbar or sacral disk issue instead. It might also be stenosis or spondylolisthesis...something that is compressing one or more of the spinal nerves.

    Does your husband also have pain in one or both legs? There are many little ligaments and muscles that run through that area from the sacrum out to the hip area that make one think there is a problem with the hip. The piriformis muscle runs across the buttocks in this way and the sciatic nerve is supposed to move freely beneath it. However, if the piriformis gets tight or inflamed, it can rub into the sciatic nerve, causing a great deal of pain.

    Is your husband taking a muscle relaxer in addition to a pain med? Have you tried icing the lower lumbar area for about 10 minutes every hour? It would help if you could get the inflammation down. If a disk has herniated, some of the disk material can set of a chemical reaction that can irritate the nerve, or it can be inflamed from the disk pressing into it. Ice should help in any case.

    It is important that your husband try to walk. There is not much blood flow into the disk and little to take waste matter away. When you walk, it creates a little more exchange of fresh blood and helps with the healing, even though it may really hurt to do it.
  • Thank you all for your comments. He does have pain in his front thigh also. He is on Flexeril and percocet and that doesn't quite help enough so every few hours 1 ibuprofen. He says the ibuprofen helps the most with the thigh pain. I noticed that too when I had problems that ibuprofen helped with some pains that the narcotics and muscle relaxants did not. I just make sure it's all spaced out and he only takes 1 of each thing.

    The flexeril and percocet knock him right out within 10 minutes so he sleeps most of the time. I will try to get him up walking more. He did get up and go and get some bread with butter this morning for himself when I was sleeping and he said it's getting a little bit better. It's still bad but at least there is improvement and it's not getting worse you never know what way these things are going to go at this stage.

    I'll have him try to ice again. When it was really bad the other night with muscle spasms that were horrid ice made it worse. Now that the muscle spasms are gone ice I think would help. I know it was a life saver for me on many occasions I keep a bag of peas in my freezer still at all times.

    Yes where the pain is does make it seem like a hip problem and I can see how some people with this think that. If I wasn't here I think he would just think it's his hip but with all of my exeperience and the fact that it started with back spasms and knowing where the nerves run it really is evident it's a nerve running out of his spine. Also especially since he's had back pain off and on for many years but never this bad.
  • Dealing with back spasm's for 4 years now I'm unable to walk or stand for more than a half hour tops... and I'm unable to sit for more than a couple of hours at a time.

    I've tried everything short of surgery... and the reason I haven't done this is because I'm uninsured and pay cash for everything.

    I've swallowed thousands of Percocet's, vicoden, valium, flexoril, etc... hundreds of thousands of Motrin, Advil, asprin, etc.... and these things only mask the pain.

    I bought a hot tub... some small relief, but I find I'm much worse the next day.

    I have a tempurpedic mattress, and that doesn't help even a little.

    I've had steroid injections all up and down my spine.

    I've taken condroitin, etc... none of it helps.

    I've tried chiropractic, acupuncture and weekly deep tissue massage.... all to no avail.

    My hips make a snapping noise at times.... I can feel little balls of spasm's in my back... I can feel them like little golf balls... and they pop up in different places!!!

    Because I'm overweight, I've been told countless times that if I lose the weight that I'll feel better.... which kills me... I am paying someone to relieve my pain... I know what being fat feels like... I've been fat ALL MY LIFE... I am 1000% sure it's not my weight.

    This is going to sound nuts but last night I ate a banana, and this morning I feel a million times better.

    I think I may have a potassium deficiency.

    Anyways... I thought this might help you too.... try feeding him some bananas!!!

  • Yes, I had hip pain, too. I had a herniated disc at L3/L4 that was protruding 9mm into my spinal canal and seemed to be compressing ALL the nerves at that level, and another disc at L4/L5 that also compressed some of the nerves. I had severe hip pain that was sometimes worse than the back pain -- very sharp and debilitating, sometimes preventing me from moving. It did feel as though it was in the joint and also on the sides of my hips. I had additional pain in my buttocks and frontal thighs, and other parts of my legs, and had frequent leg cramps.

    I've recently had fusion of L3-L4-L5 and can now walk without leg pain but do still have some back pain and a little hip pain at times. My hips were very numb immediately after the surgery and now the skin of my outer hips itches a lot. Not sure why this happens, but am hoping it means my nerves are healing.
  • FritzcrackerzFFritzcrackerz Posts: 246
    edited 01/11/2015 - 2:03 AM
    My pain has been: Burning in both hips. Burning/ache in both thighs. Aching in left side of calf. Numbness in left middle three toes. I had a L4-5 discectomy 8 months ago. Pain restarted 4 months ago.

    I paid privately for an upright MRI as the supine one didn't show anything.

    Surgeon looked at upright MRI images and said the L4-5 disc has reherniated left posterolaterally and is collapsing bilaterally. He says that this is the generator of all the symptoms. He's recommended a fusion and I've agreed to it. Fortunately, I'm in the uk and the nhs are paying for the op.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • AlwaysintroubleAAlwaysintrouble Posts: 1
    edited 08/22/2015 - 5:39 PM

    I seem to have had the same problems as your husband. How did he get on?

    My pain started in the centre of my low back 10/10 pain to walk, sit up and difficult to turn over in bed. Ended up in a ambulance as could not make it down the stairs - after being upstairs for 6 days. I was shaking in agony. Was in hospital 4 days discharged with muscle spasms! I've had back pain before which was 'muscle spasms' but this is something else. Not to say they are not painful - they are horrific! So I'm at home doing what physio told me to do slowly sit up gradually then get up and use my crutches to stand up straight. Thing is it he central back pain has eased off a little which is great, however it is radiating to my right hand side of my back (illiolumbar region), through my tummy, around my hip - feels like it's deep inside and down the front of my thigh. My thigh is like aching tingling numb (not to touch though). We have iced, heated, massaged! I'm on oramorph, diazepam, codeine, paracetamol and other stuff to line stomach and keep #2's flowing - which they haven't in 2 weeks!!!! I can't sit up straight without leaning on something being in pain. I am overweight so I know this ain't helping anything. But I'm sure not only overweight people are dealing back pains like this. I am waiting for MRI.

    Any help or ideas what this could be?

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  • I am having same issue l5 root compressed by ruptured disc. This morning I woke can't put weight on leg. It feels like my hip is broken. Not sure what to do, surgery not for 10 days
    Glad to read this, going to try crutches
    8/31/15 microdiscetomy laminotomy
    8/15 reruptured l5
    12/24/13 laminotomy/discetomy of L5
    9/98 laminectomy l4/l5
  • sciatica1ssciatica1 Posts: 1
    edited 09/04/2015 - 8:51 AM
    I have the same symptoms- thought I had bursitis (X-ray done was fine)- I had a cortisone shot which did not help- after 7 mos- returned to ortho yesterday w/ worsening symptoms- lower back discomfort with buttocks/ hip/upper thigh pain and now some tingling and numbness down side and front of leg.... worse after walking and sitting (i am an avid walker/ hiker) - MD believes herniated disc - I think she said probably L3 from her exam. MRI scheduled for next week.
    Pain comes and goes but deep burning ache in upper thigh is worse at night while 'trying to sleep'. Has woken me up many nights. It is nice to hear others w/ same symptoms- I have not found much online so was glad to find this site.

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  • matthew182mmatthew182 Posts: 8
    edited 11/23/2015 - 9:07 PM
    Like to add on the bananas and many natural fruits- anti inflamatory- and the banana is also alkaline and helps deal with the pain NSAIDs which as many as we are taking for this condition is needed. I find that two extra strength Tylenol has helped me the most that's 1000 mg. it's harsh and need it for a 5 hour period but it was like night and day and I'm 3 months in with mild symptoms that make me beg for relief. This made me nearly suicidal and still really struggling with it at 3 and a half months. Also felt like a hip thing for me in the begining- mine was so bad I couldn't do anything and my knees and legs are weak now. Have mri confirming nerve impingemt- I get why docs are skeptical for checking with mri- but omg it's like having everything bad happen to your leg at once! Take care of it get blood flow- move but carefully - I had a relapse putting shoes on and my spinal column radiates pain from being so crooked upon awakening and I really thought it was a hip issue. It was L5 s1 compressed disk with large disk herniation and a bulge above it slight. Eating well and getting all the nutriants you can helps walking deffinitely and take the pain killers because the muscles pulling around can cause more harm as I experienced that the hard way.. I'm worried that my disk has fragmented because I have this prick in my back that does not go away and sometimes it just catches and makes everything so much worse- flat on the ground cry worse. Hope there is some help here good luck everyone and screw our pathetic spine design for earth and its heavy gravity.
  • arc60aarc60 Colorado Springs, COPosts: 2
    Wow!  I guess I'm not the only one! 

    I had pretty serious back pain for a few weeks.  Then a lightening bolt struck me walking thru the kitchen (well, that IS what it felt like!). Enter the excruciating hip and front/Side of thigh pain.  Trips to multiple urgent cares and the ER yielded nothing more bottles of pain pills. 

    Could not move without great assistance.  Could not get up from a seated position.  Could not lay down or get out of bed without bear hug type help. Could not walk without a walker.   And most all of the pain seemed to be my left hip.  I had never had one iota of problems with my hip prior.

    Finally being hauled out of the house by paramedics and being transported  to the hospital via ambulance yielded an MRI.  At this point I had no reflexes left in my left leg and could not feel the pins they were poking me with.  Result:. Sequestered herniation of L4L5.  And microdiscectomy within 2 hours of hospital arrival.  As it took weeks to discover, the nerve was smushed to a point that it's never fully recovered (1 yr 9 mos. post op).

    Yes it helped.  But I'm by no means back to what I once was.  Most any non seated activity, outside of walking, leads to heating pads, pain meds and varying degrees of suffering.  

    My hip continues to hurt each and every day.  Some days not as much but always there.  My thigh is still partially numb.  I have no reflexes in my left leg.  My balance and gait are goofed up a bit.  Climbing stairs is very difficult.  I have to use my hands to lift my leg into the car as some of the muscles no longer work.  I get random charlie horses is my hamstring (certain movements definitely trigger them).

    And all I wonder is 'what if they would have MRI'd me the first time I went to the ER?'. Would I still be able to garden?  Scuba dive?  Get in my husband's motorcycle?  Not look at a flight of stairs and sigh?  

    Yes!!  Disc problems can cause hip pain and debilitation!!   


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