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New here, mystery problem

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone,

New here. I came across this forum during my search for some answers! Not sure if this is the proper place, as techinally I am not having spine issues directly, but I figured its a pretty good start anyhow. I am 27, and for as long as I can remember I've had a weird hip. Sometimes when standing up from a sitting position, or getting out of my car, my hip catches and hurts really bad. Feels sort of out of joint I guess. Usually I can shift around and it stops, feels fine. This just happened from time to time, no biggie. Well lately, its been happening several times a day. I try to stand up, it catches (but I dont hear a popping noise) and I cant completely stand up. I end up bending over and trying to shift my weight around to ease it. Sometimes I cant fix it right away, and have to limp around until it resolves. As a result, I am developing a very sore lower back from compensating I think. I did go to my doctor today, and she did xrays of my hip. She said everything looked great, saw a little bit of athritis (which she said shouldnt be affecting me for another 20 years), and that was all she had to offer. She gave me a prescription for some steriods and sent me on my way. No explanation for why I get the 'catching' feeling, and why it is happening so often lately. I don't have any pain when it's palpated, so I really dont know how to procede. I am thinking about making an appointment with a chiropractor to see if he can help, because its getting to be an issue, and my back is starting to suffer because of the way I walk due to my hip I think. Has anyone experienced this before, or heard of it? The closest thing I can find online is called 'snapping hip syndrome' but they all describe an audible snap, which I dont have. Thanks in advance! :??


  • Hi LP,
    I don't know about your hip problem but it sounds alot like a problem my daughter has had all her life with her knees...maybe the same type of thing could happen with your hips??

    She was almost two years old and still wasn't walking, so we took her to a hospital for tests...they said at the time she was probably mentally challenged and would never be normal. We questioned that, because she showed high intelligence in her Sunday school classes and never had any mental symptoms. As she grew up, she was in all the accelerated classes so we knew they had been wrong about her mental capacity. But every so often she would just fall down, for no apparent reason. We thought she was simply un-athletic or clumsy, as were her parents. As she went to college, she would fall, particularly on ice or packed snow, and couldn't stand again for awhile because her knees were too painful. After much investigation we discovered that she was born with a rare deformity of the knees...the cup-like bone that holds the kneecap is flat as a pancake in both her legs, so the kneecap keeps rolling off, causing her to fall. She had experimental surgery on one leg and got no relief from it, so opted out of getting the second one done. Her only help has been exercise, which she does faithfully. It seems that if her muscles are strong, they help hold the kneecap in place. She still falls occasionally, but the exercise does help. We are still looking for someone who can help her with this problem, as she is in her mid thirties now and it is getting worse with age.

    I don't know if your hip bones could have a similar problem or not, but it might not hurt to check it out.
  • This sounds alot like what happens to me with the "catching". It feels like the hip area is effected but I get stuck in a slightly bent position from arthritis in my facet joints. You may want to see a specialist that will do further testing in order to rule out any issues with your spine.
    BTW- You will get pain from compensating. How do you know that there is not an issue in your low back that causes it to feel like youe hip because of compensating and walking differently? It really may be worth checking into further. Good luck and keep us posted.
    Also issues with your SI Joint may also feel like it is your hip area giving you problems.
  • LP, please take a look at this thread posted by another member. They too were diagnosed with hip problems and it ended up being facet arthritis.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i cannot help you with your problem but i do know pain.. ~X( good luck as you seek pain relief! :D you will come to know a great group of friends! =D> Jenny :)
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