I have scoliosis and DDD in my lumbar spine and have had a L5/S1 diskectomy. I had discography done two years ago, and the conclusion was that all of the lumbar discs are either herniated or ruptured. So, like a lot of you, I have chronic pain that flares up. But what I what I wasn't prepared for and what seems to be getting worse is the nerve/muscle pain that I experience in my gluts and hips. These areas are extremely sensitive to touch; it almost feels as if they are deeply bruised. The areas feel ropey or knotty. Any movement that jars my hip joints creates a lot of pain, even just kicking something by mistake. I don't know if this is making any sense, but I've never been able to get an answer to what is causing this pain and/or if there is anything I can do about it. I have tried massage and using a foam roller to break up tissue, but the pain is unbearable. I've been told it is something like fibromyalgia; that the areas are ischemic due to constant muscle tension from trying to keep my spine stable; that it is inflamed, etc. Has anyone dealt with anything like this? I am at my wit's end...the pain due to DDD is one thing, but this is other is getting worse and really limiting my mobility.
I am so glad to have found this site. Bless you all for being here!