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low back/hip/leg pain history

Where to start, well, Three years ago I was picking up the edge of a bed and have not been the same since. My right hip was in so much pain the following day all I could do was crawl. I had moved to a new town and had no insurance since I had recently lost my job. Thinking it was a pulled muscle I did the heat, ice and rest. The last 9 years of employment have been in PT so I had some knowledge of first aid in this area. After a week of total nerve wracking pain, I went to the ER twice, Doctors Care and then to a free clinic. Since I already suffer from an anxiety disorder and depression no one would give me anything to help with the pain. Ibuprophen did help but I was eating them like candy. I finally got insurance and the search for a cure began. My pain felt like it was mainly hip related on the right side going down the right leg. No one would listen stating that all back problems will mimic hip pain. Spent a series of visits to an Orthopedist and then a hip specialist and one MRI. Still everyone focused on the back. I went to a Neurosurgeon. He did a microdiscectomy with very little relief. Of course on the ten day post op the doctor released me stating he fixed my problem. On my search again for a cure I went to a clinic that specialized in Orthopedics. I saw 3 doctors there and two more MRIs and wound up with injections and then hip socket surgery. They removed my bursa on the right side. Prior to the hip surgery I was given a cortazone injection and a week later both my legs ached to the point that they throb. It helped significantly with the severe stabbing pain in the right hip going down the leg. That was one year ago.

Since no one would give me anything for pain my PC doc set me up with a PM doctor. Before I started with him I have been on everything imaginable. At some point in the game the Ibuprophen stopped working along with the hot tub soaks. I currently take Neurontin (which I don't think is doing anything) and also Hydrocodone 10 5 x daily. Like many of you all it is failing to do the job as well as it did when I started. I had taken a break from doctors for a couple of months and now I am back on my case to find out what is wrong. Is there a fix. If not where do I go from here.

My pain has not only bounced around but has also gone from stabbing to now aching. I literally cannot stand or sit for long periods of time and make most of my appointments early so I do not have to wait long. I appreciate any help from any one here and with what I have experienced will do the same with what I have learned. I already fight the battle of depression and anxiety along with agoraphobia and to throw this in the mix well all I can say is my problems are fighting each other and am at my witts end. Thank you for reading. Pam



  • Hey Pam,

    I felt your pain while reading your story. It is very unfortunate that doctors these days just transfer you from one to another instead of just listening to the patient.
    You didn't mention in your post, if you tried changing some of your life routines like changing your chair, mattress, pillow, maybe doing some form of exercise for the hip/muscle? maybe one or few of these could help or at least help reduce pain?
    I hope you're better soon!
  • Pam I couldn't give you any advice since your symptoms are not what I experienced. That being said I wanted to ask a question:

    Maya are you actually trying to promote a website that sells mattresses and pillows on a thread like this?
    At least be more subtle..
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