First post but I'm no stranger to this site/forum. I've been browsing the net since last year looking for answers to my crippling state and I often ended up on here! I'm praying someone here has an idea what might be wrong with me. I've seen 4 different physio's, an osteopath and 3 doctors and still no-one knows what is causing this
Last year around August I started to develop nerve issues, felt mostly around my leg buttock/hip and sometimes hamstring. I should mention at this point I had a nasty fall onto my tailbone 2 months prior. Other than a sore bum, I never had any nerve pain at that time. They think this is where this all started though. The nerve pain was odd, in the sense that it hurt more when standing still and "loosened" when walking. If I found a movement/exercise annoyed it, I simply had to repeat the same motion a few times and it would go away
Since then it's gotten so much worse and in February it finally "pinged", and my life has been a misery since. The muscles atrophy'd badly (and quickly) and I became a wreak. I won't bore you with the roller coaster that I've been on since then (unless you want me to!), so I'll skip to where I am now
I got my glute strength back up which seemed to be helping me make steady progress, but they should be strong enough now to walk without pain/spasm and the left side still can't (better though). I'm getting SI joint pain (one of the physio's said I had SI joint issues, they weren't sure why though), which I think is causing the muscles to spasm and give piriformis syndrome (was diagnosed with that off another physio). The tennis ball has been handy controlling the spasms when possible. My pelvis doesn't feel "stable" when walking, however now I can stand without pain if I get the pelvis into a neutral position. I have bio-mechanic issues as well but I'm seeing someone for that next Friday. Sometimes, often depending how much anti-flammatories are in me, I don't get too much pain and while I can't walk properly, I still get around a bit. They seem to kill the pain in the SI completely, the nerve is still trapped though during this. Most of the time the pain is 10/10 same as before however, and I think it's because the source hasn't been worked on.
Here is where I am. The left side of my pelvis rotates forward a lot (and up a bit) when my left leg goes forward. I can extend my thigh but when I got to extend from the knee down, the nerve stops me. I feel like this is why my pelvis is rotating, because the leg can't go forward far enough because it can't extend all the way. It also feels like it was to go out to the left all the time, like it's trying to abduct while trying to walk straight. This has become more noticeable since strengthening my glute med so makes sense I guess. I can't bend forwards far at all. If I straight a straight leg raise while sitting I can't extend it while the leg is facing forwards as the nerve stops it, but I find it much easier if I move my leg out to the left (fully abducted) and try it then
To show you a good example of how unstable my pelvis feels, see attached picture - http://tinyurl.com/m9hkhqj
- This is me doing a single leg pelvic bridge (right leg extended). There is a dip in height but not too much according to the physio, certainly not enough to explain this level of pain. See the angle between the two bones of the pelvis? I don't know if the left side is being pulled down, or the right side pulled up (feels like the former)? If anyone has any input on this, I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm so close to just giving up
Thank's for reading