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Chronic pain

Tj2004TTj2004 Posts: 1
My problem started with a tingling in my left buttock. From there it moved to my hip. I had soreness in my buttock, back, and hip, it continued down my leg and to my big toe. All of this occurred within 3-4 years. My Dr thought it was muscular and would inject cortisone shots in my hip. Nothing would kill the pain. I finally had an MRI, it showed DDD , diagnosed me with radiculapathy and told me there was nothing they could do for the pain right now. But send me to a pain clinic. I cried in his office. At least I finally new what was going on. My neurologist diagnosed me after I demanded my dr refer me to one.. The pain is relentless. From the moment my eyes open in the morning, I am aware of it. New symptoms are muscle tightness, numbness, calve muscles and feet burn like fire. Other times they feel cold as ice. Sometimes when I lay on my side I have no sensation at all. Now the same thing is occurring on my right side. Going for another MRI that I really can't afford. So frustrating living with this pain. I'm on neurotin and lortabs 7.5 three times a day and nothing helps. I went to a physical therapist for awhile, got the exercises and do them at home. Nothing helps. Haven't tried the pain clinic. Getting shots in my back scares me to death. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Terribly sorry for you having this pain and having to deal
    with it for that many years. There are some other people on
    here who have similar symptoms and have been diagnosed with
    SI joint issues. There is an injection that they give right in that area
    that will numbs it and if it does then they know it is that and can
    give you another injection hopefully to help it. The trouble is that
    not many Doctor's go that direction.
    I too have almost those exact symptoms, except when I lay on my side
    it does not go numb. Does it hurt to even brush your hand across your
    butt, or press just gentle, or does it go down into your groin area? I have
    never felt this kind of pain and I have had pain in these areas for years but
    just before Christmas it got really bad. I cannot bend, going to the bathroom,
    sitting, bending over, anything really is more than I can take.
    I am hoping when I see my Doctor in the morning with the MIR results for my
    pelvic area that he will try the shot.
    I am really sorry you are going through this it is hard. I cannot do much of anything
    how about you? Last night and most nights I am pacing around my house like an
    animal. Crying and really I hope they help you and would you please keep in touch
    maybe we can get some answers from our doctor's.
    I understand about being scared of shots, I have had some rough ones but it sure
    would be great if they would help right.
    Wish I had some help for you.
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