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pain from hip area down leg gets worse with movement

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
Hi, Im wondering if anyone has any ideas or similiar issues as me. Here is what happened - about five months ago during my morning workout while doing lunges i felt a strain on the side of my leg(nothing major thought it was just a muscle). over the week the symptoms got worse with pain going down my side of leg to shin as well as my mid section above my hip were the strain started looked uneven and even though i was standing straight my hip area was leaning(doctor said it was muscle spasm but it still isnt right 5months later so i dont know). the pain was so bad that any movemnt made pain shoot down my leg and it was worse than anything i ever felt( i felt like throwing up when i moved from it). With pain down the leg the doctor sent me for back issues. Ive had MRI's and the back doctor says nothing in my back is hitting anything and gave me an epideral in the lumbar 4-5 nerve(nothing happened) now he wants to do pain management but i dont even know if it is my back or hip. Any form of walking, or full body movent brings back the irritation in hip area and then pain back down leg if i continue. Any help appreciated or direction of were to go im really disgusted with the treatment im getting now before this injury i was healthy active and playing sports 30yr old.


  • Hi stk19

    I am confused as to why he gave you an epidural at L4/L5 when the MRI's didnt reveal anything. Has the epidural helped at all?
    I believe you need to see a good pain management doctor so he can prescribe you some medication, including anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, pain killers and possibly nerve pain medication. I suggest you take complete rest for a couple of days (lie down with pillows under your knees) and keep icing every hour for 15 mins or so and you should see a difference in a few days. I believe the doctor will probably do more tests to find out whats wrong.
  • hey thanks for the reply, i forgot to say that i did get naxoproxin(anti inflamitory) pain killer and muscle relaxers from the doctor before the epideral. They just kind of made me groggy and reduced pain at the time but didnt stop whatever was causing the iriation in my hip leg. I also basically did no activity for a week and now currently just goto work and walk around house thats it for activity. a walk to the store a half mile starts iritaiting the area(my right hip feels like a wierd sensation almost similiar to after you sprain and ankle and it heals so no pain but you still limp on it till its fully healed but my hip leg gets worse and then pain will be throught my leg. pain similiar to a tooth ache.) And yes the epideral didnt do anything
  • Epidurals work for some and do nothing for some, and for some like me they are a door to hell. Have you done Physical Therapy? I hope you see another Pain Management doctor so he can see your case with a fresh pair of eyes.
  • Also, try to lay on the floor on your back with your legs straight and then try to raise the left leg without moving the right leg and then alternate to the other leg. If this causes you pain in the back/leg then it could be a disc issue if you have no pain from this, it may be something else. I am not a doctor, just giving you advice from what I have learnt.
  • I was a rabid tennis player. Occasionally. my left hip would hurt. One day I went for a wide backhand (I'm left handed) and the pain brought tears to my eyes. I went to so many doctors over so many years. I would recommend you see a physical medicine (physiatrist) doctor. Is your primary treating you now? It could be a hip thing or it could be a back thing in which case it would be a back thing that is effecting a spinal nerve. There is a test for this. Its called an EMG. The problem with medicine being so specialized is that you almost have to diagnose yourself before you go see the specialist. If you see a physical medicine doc (a physiatrist) I think he/she would be able to tell if its your hip or your back(sciatica). Otherwise, I worry that if you see a hip doc, he'll say its your hip and if you see a spine doc she'll say its your spine. I'm oversimplfying and being overly cynical, but I'm just trying to make a point. Good luck and let us know how thins turn out. Susan

  • well i ruptred l5-s1 and went for 2 months then went to doc thought it was a torn muscle.Had pain in my buttocks and in low back till the 4th month when it started to hurt so bad i went to er had an emergency micro 2 days later foot drop pinched spinal cord nerve damage to left legg. I guess im saying becarefull if you have good insurance get a second mri posibly with contrast(die). I just worry about the pain down legg i was told by doc pain down legg means the nerve is involved. I also have a very narrow spinal canal so that contributes to some pain.
    I hope you heal up allright and get the answers you deserve.
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