I've been in my recent flare up for over 3 months which is much longer than usual.
I've been to a series of doctors, my physiatrist, back specialist, hkp specialist, PCP in order to isolate the problem. Since I have had many previous spinal surgeries and I know my right hip is due for replacement soon, its been difficult to determine if the problem is with my back or with my hip.
In order to isolate this, I am going through a series of X-Rays and MRIs.. But in addition, I was scheduled for 3 Steroid injections. One ESI in the upper back, One Steroid through the groin directly in to the hip joint and One ESI for the lower back
- I had the upper ESI and that helped with my upper back back, so that was good. It did nothing to help with my lower back or hip pain.
- I had the steroid injection into my hip.. Still awaiting to see how that falls it. If it helps with my hip pain, then the hip should be the problem. If I do not get any relief, the lower back could be the problem.
- I will have the lower ESI schedule in mid September.
When it gets to the point where you have multiple spinal and joint surgeries, it becomes more and more difficult to isolate problems. MRI's are good so they can be compared with previous MRIs of the same area. X-Rays help so much with Arthritis, and since I am experiencing it now, steroid injections can be added to diagnostic tools
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences