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New here just looking for advice getting the run around

tomcatsgirlttomcatsgirl Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in New Member Introductions
Good Morning,
I am a 38 year old female chronic hip/lower back pain for 5 years now. Finally after a few years of suffering went to primary Dr she said I had a weak core try yoga. Year later went back to her she does ultra sound and checks organs thinks it's female related. Had hystorectomy now a year later still suffering. The hip pain has gotten worse it wakes me at night. I have developed a limp. Random toe and heel numbness.I also get pains in my groin that are excruitiating (sp) it has lasted up to week and I seriously can't walk. I feel pain in my hip just sitting. It's all on my right side. Went to her again 3 weeks ago and she finally sent me for hip x ray and lumbar mri. With these results she sent me a referal to physical therapy? Should'nt I see a back Dr? Half the stuff on this I don't even get.

Hip X Ray States:
General Diagnostic Text EXAMINATION:


right groin pain

No prior images are currently available for comparison.

A single AP view of the pelvis and single frog-leg lateral view of the right
hip were obtained.

There is no acute fracture or dislocation. Very small osteophytes are seen at
the bilateral hip joints. There is a left os acetabulum.
There is very mild osteoarthritis of the bilateral sacroiliac joints, as shown
by mild sclerosis and small osteophytes.

Mri States:

MRI L spine wo contrast, intermittent numbness in both feet, right groin pain
and hip pain. Has had several bouts of saddle anesthesia over the last 3
months. No incontinence or urinary retention


Non-contrast Lumbar Spine: Sagittal T1 & T2. Axial T1 & T2.

Normal alignment without subluxation. No evidence of fracture or focal bony
lesions. Paravertebral soft tissues are normal. There is normal marrow signal.
Mild disc height and signal loss at the L3-4 and L4-5 levels.
The conus ends normally at L1 and the cauda equina nerve roots are normal in
L1/2:Normal central canal and neural foramen.
L2/3:Normal central canal and neural foramen.
L3/4: Mild diffuse disc bulge. Normal central canal and neural foramen.
L4/5: Mild diffuse disc bulge with an annular fissure. Normal central canal
and neural foramen. Minimal facet osteoarthritis.
L5/S1:Normal central canal and neural foramen.Minimal facet osteoarthritis.

Cystic-appearing structure posterior to the S2 and S3 level may represent a
perineural cyst.
Impression Impression:
Minimal degenerative changes at the L3-4 and L4-5 levels without narrowing of
the central canal or neural foramina.


  • Hiya Tomsgirl,
    Welcome to sh glad you found us but not glad your having pain.
    Almost all docs going to send you to pt(personally I think they get a cut)
    After many mri's I'm no doc I probably could read it.
    If your doc doesn't think necessary to see a specialist at this point, perhaps you can get another opinion.

    Most likely a specialist will do the same go to pt then shots.
    If your not comfortable with docs plan of treatment I would get another opinion.

    I personally think it's good your doc is not passing you off to a specialist. Most do asap.

    Sorry to hear about your hysterectomy.
    Take a search around this great site, and I hope the pt helps. Some have had great results with pt.

    Remember it's your body so if you want seek a specialist or another docs opinion do so.

    let us know how pt goes
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can...wait until your doctor can explain the findings to you!! he shoud be able to answer all your questions and give you a treatment plan... if this means another doctor, that is par for the course.. please have a good look around the forum and make yourself at home. good luck as you seek pain relief! please keep us informed! Jenny
  • Some of your issues sound similar to mine. I would go see an Orthopedist to get checked out. I don't know if our hip issues are the same but I have gotten shots in my hips which have made it easier to sleep.

    I've had bad groin pain, especially after operations. I did get some help from a PT who specialized in female pelvic issues.

    It is so frustrating not knowing exactly what's wrong or what to do about it. I have that problem still.

    Take care,

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • My Dr called and went over resluts on phone I see a nurse practioner not a DR. She read to me basically what I posted above which I copied and pasted from my on line access.She said you should see a back specialsit then I get a call for physical therapy. No one has gone over results with me that's why I am wondering about going to physical therapy? I'm confused. I get the point of physical therapy but I want to know what it is for you know.
  • Hi tomcat,
    I have been dealing with similar symptoms. My family docter sent me for ultrasound. Then to urologist who diagnozed me with infection in genitals. Five weeks later and three antibiotics nothing helped. Went to ER and they did a ct found herniation at L4,L5,L5,L6. Refered to a neuro after 5 months, went to neuro after all docters are telling my problem was back related and the neuro told me that my groin pain wasn't back related. I have found that some docters don't care or don't know what they are doing. Sorry to complain just want you to know there are others on this site who are frustrated and want anwser from docters. hang in there and keep searching for anwsers.
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