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Severe Hip Pain-Out of options!

I have been out of work for nearly 3 months because of my condition, and diagnosis is nowhere in sight. My ortho found a herniated disc, and I just had surgery to repair it, but the pain remains.

Pain - right hip and groin area, unbearable when getting up from sitting position or when bending to sit. Feels like a hot metal rod shooting through my hip and groin.
Numbness - right inner calf from knee to ankle
Weakness - when putting weight on my bent right leg, I immediately fall

Tests - X-Rays and MRIs on hip and back
Procedures - spinal epidural, steroid hip injection, herniated disk repair (still recovering from this surgery - numbness and weakness improved since disk repair, pain subsided the first 3 days or so, but it has returned.)

Medications tried - Aleve, Tylenol, Flexeril, Vicodin, Percocet; ONLY THE PERCOCET HELPS THE PAIN.

History - 45 year old female, mild hypertension, no other illnesses. No accidents, injuries, or falls. Work requires sitting and computer work.

Any suggestions or information would truly be appreciated!


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    If the disc was in contact with the nerve root, then it can take some days or weeks once the contact is removed for the pain to settle down again as the nerve recovers. The hip pain could be something called bursitis, which seems to happen pretty often for those of us with spine problems......usually they inject a combination of steroid, along with lidocaine to relieve the pain and it works pretty well for that problem.
  • I am going through the same pain, I go tomorrow for a steroid injection in my SI Joint (Sacroiliac joint) I have had three back surgeries in the last 2 years one being a lumbar spinal fusion, the doc told me the surgery puts stress on the SI joint. I also feel like a hot metal rod shooting through my hip and groin have muscle cramps in my right leg and a cramp in my butt cheek all the time. I had a hip injection three weeks ago and it helped for a few days about two weeks after the injection. The doc told me that the hip injection is different then the SI joint injection and the hip will not help the SI Joint. I hope this may help a little..I will let you know how the SI joint injection goes.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    can many times have the same symptoms, especially when it involves the buttock area and groin/thigh pain down your leg.

    Before I had my first hip totally replaced, I had those same symptoms. My physical therapist and deep tissue specialist spent a lot of time on my hamstrings, I-band , etc to help reduce the pain and symptoms. One doctor diagnosed it as a hip problem and then set up two steroid injections. Both were done from the side of the buttock and without any fluoroscope machine to guide the injections. I have since found out that those injections were more for bursitis. Pure hip injections go through the front/groin area and needs to be guided.

    Bottom line after some X-Rays and MRIs it was determined that my Arthritis destroyed the Hip Joint. (Same thing that destroyed both my shoulder joints and required total shoulder replacements)

    So, anytime I hear people with hip pain/problems, I look towards the standard sciatica problems, but then look at the hip itself.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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