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Pain in left thigh, left shin and now hip.

I’m only 2 weeks into this but I haven’t seen anyone with my exact symptoms so I’m reaching out for answers. It started as a dull pain in my left thigh.  Similar to overuse. 3 hours later I couldn’t even stand and the pain was also in my left shin. The pain in my shin was a burning pain with an intensity I’ve never felt before. The thigh was more like what I would imagine a knife blade in my thigh feels like. The only comfort came if I laid down on my right side. Sitting was painful, standing was excruciating and I could only walk 20 feet before the pain put me down. I also experienced my left knee buckle when I stepped on 2 inch piece of a kids toy. After that I felt weakness in my left as the pain was increasing with every step. It only buckled that once though. First doctor I saw said classic Sciatica and “ I shouldn’t let it control my life “. Gave me muscle relaxers and an anti-inflammatory and sent me home. Before this I would have said I had a decent to high tolerance for pain. I know people with sciatica and this isn’t the same. They say it’s hard to get used to but you can. The pain I’m experiencing is one that increases with every second I stand or step I take. I haven’t found a plateau yet. It just increases until I succumb  to the pain. If I push it I start sweating profusely and even screaming in pain almost involuntarily. Anyone have similar problems or can point me in the right direction on what I can do? I can’t sleep I’m worthless at work I really need help. 


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  • djd91

    welcome to spine-health


    the first thing you need to do is get an appointment with a spine specialist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic, they will be able to give you a proper examination and probably get diagnostic imaging to identify your problem, if you had a doctor that told you it's just sciatica, and basically tell you to just live with, you can tell he has never had sciatica.
    when pain is as bad as you say, you need to be seen by a specialist as soon as possible.

    chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • Would I need a referral to see a specialist?

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434

    @djd91

    djd91 said:
    Would I need a referral to see a specialist?

    That all depends on your insurance company.   Contact them to see if a referral is required.  Most insurance companies today do not require one, but you should check first.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Thank you. I will give an update as soon as I have one. 

  • I had a second opinion and finally got some relief with a pain medication he prescribed. The pain is not gone but it extends the time I can stand and walk. The pain also goes away faster when I lay down. Two weird things happened. I had no reflex in my left leg when he tapped it. He  also asked me to bend over and about a quarter of the way own I felt a very sharp pain in my left hip. He said it’s not sciatica immediately after that. I’m getting very concerned about this now. Can anyone tell me what possibilities this could be? I asked the doctor and he wanted to wait till after the X-ray and probable MRI to see what information they provide. I’m not looking for a diagnoses just what are some things it could be. I can’t find anything or anyone online with the same symptoms and I’m getting worried. Please if anyone has been through this or can shed some light on just possibilities I would really appreciate it. 

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434

    First and I know its almost impossible to do, stop worrying and fretting about this situation.   That can only get your mind so worked up, you can become a nervous wreck.

    I think almost all lumbar patients go through that same clinical procedure.  (Standing stranding then bending down).   Where and if pain exists can help the doctor try to isolate the problem.   One potential sign would be IF you felt pain going down your leg when you did that, the doctor might think sciatica.   But when the pain is in the hip, that could indicate a couple of things

    1. SI Joint
    2. Hips out of alignment
    3. Arthritis in the Hip

    The first two, most doctors can identify through the clinical examination.  When it comes to arthritis, an X-ray (which you had) can pinpoint the problem further.

    As far as having those symptoms, I have had those more times than I can even think about.   And I have had all three of those conditions.   Hips out of alignment was an easy fix with some physical therapy and exercises.   SI Joint problems were corrected with a SI Joint injection and specific exercises.

    In my case, I had severe osteoarthritis in both hips, leaving the joints bone on bone.   Several months of steroid injections to calm things down, but eventually, I had both of my hips totally replaced with implants.

    Not trying to worry you more, you have to wait until you get the results.   But you wanted to know if anyone had symptoms like you described.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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