I have been very frustrated lately and I figured I might feel better if I talked about some of the problems I have been having. I am a 22 year old student (skinny due to lack of activity, 6.1” tall and 160 lbs in weight).
I have had bilateral hip, lower back and leg pain now for about the last 5 years. When I first noticed a problem the pain as so mild I ignored it and continued on with my daily activates. I was experiencing pain deep in my hip that slightly radiated down my leg. ALWAYS the pain would linger for 2 to 3 weeks and then leave and I would be 100% back to normal for 3 to 4 months. After the pain free period the pain sometimes would jump to the other hip/leg or stay in the same hip/leg.
I really stated to notice the pain in 2013 after I moved away for school. Each occurrence of pain seemed to be more painful than the last. It was a struggle getting to and from school but I still ignored the pain and took it easy when it returned. Actives I was doing at the time consisted only of swimming (I was a competitive swimmer in high school).
I February of 2014 the pain was becoming so bad I had to be driven to school. I had some x-rays done at this time and I was diagnosed with CAM type FAI in both hips (more severe on the left side). After waking up in the middle of the night unable to move due to the pain, I was then referred to an orthopedic specialist whom I saw in December of 2014. He requested a MRI arthogram of my left hip.
I have been in pain since February of 2015 with a couple of weeks with no pain here and there. Again the pain usually alternates between both legs. I have seen both Chiropractors and Physiotherapists in 2015. First of all, the chiropractor just made things worse treating me for SI joint dysfunction. After each session I would be in increased pain that slowly improved until I returned. So I switched to seeing a Physiotherapist who of course said I have a Herniated disk. I was so frustrated with yet another Physiotherapist diagnosing me with a herniated disk (this had happened in 2013 as well) that I when out and bought a Lumbar MRI.
The MRI showed minimal facet joint arphotropy with no disk herniation’s or pinching of the spinal canal or any exiting nerves. The Physiotherapist then started treating me for SI joint dysfunction (stretching and glute strengthening and activation). This kept the pain away for all of June.
I had the MRI arthogram on June 26th and they found a labral tear due to the FAI (left hip). I am assuming I am assuming I also have a labral tear in my right hip due to the bilateral FAI and the mad clicking both hips make.
So now I know that the labral tear pain is nothing compared to the crazy "nerve pain" I am getting in my legs. I can feel a slight dull ache in both groins when I am not experiencing the "nerve pain" but it is a tickle compared to the "nerve pain". I am quoting “nerve pain” because no doctor has specified that I am pinching my sciatic nerve.
The “nerve pain”
When my left leg hurts, pain seems to originate directly above the SI joint and then runs diagonal across my butt to the back of my leg and normally runs down to my knee ( I have felt pain on the outside of my shin in some cases).
When my right leg hurts pain originates deep in my butt and again runs down the back of my leg (I have had it run down the front sometimes) and usually into my shin.
I have never had both legs hurt at the same time and I have no clue what triggers the pain. It comes and goes as it pleases.
To combat the pain I am currently standing 8 hours a day at work as sitting hurts like a xxxxx. When the pain is very bad I take 600mg of ibuprofen at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I force myself to sleep on my back with a pillow below my butt. I do ZERO strenuous activates as I am too scared to trigger more pain.
I am wondering if anyone has experienced pain like this before and if you have any hints you can give me to live with this. Also any tips on the surgery to fix the labral tear and FAI would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for listening