Hello, I'm a 30 yr old mother of two young kids and I've been dealing with this pain that seems to radiate from my hip joint down my leg (a more recent development) and up my back since at least Feb 2014. I've been to my primary doctor, I've had x-rays done, seen a back specialist, had a couple ultrasounds done, and no one really knows what's going on because everything shows up clear. Other people have suggested sciatica, though when I first went to get checked, it didn't cause pain down my leg and the doctors said it probably wasn't that because it didn't affect my leg, and are convinced I hurt my back. I had already been doing physical therapy and it doesn't seem to be helping.
To further clarify, I do have fibromyalgia, so my nerves are already a mess. This pain can get to be excruciating, and causes my left hip to just lock up and I can't move both due to the pain and the feeling like my leg has been paralyzed. Thankfully this doesn't happen that often, maybe once a month. Which is another point that confuses the doctors, as the only time it gets really bad is during a specific time of the month. The rest of the time it's just an annoyance. I don't have any medication for it, either. I have an open prescription for norco but I haven't take any in a while because I need to be able to stay awake. Tylenol (1000mg) and advil (800-1000mg) don't really do anything to ease this pain.
With the fibro, I'm used to pain, but not this debilitating pain that prevents me from properly caring for the kids. I really need to figure out how to get this to ease up, but I've not figured out what makes it better or what makes it worse, and I was hoping someone might be able to commiserate, or offer a suggestion, or something.
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. Year, Your age, etc
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. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
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. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
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- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
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