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Pain near hip, tailbone pain, leg and heel pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,553
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all, my first time posting on a forum, so will give you brief history and maybe someone can give me pointers :-)
About 8 years ago I had pain in tailbone intermittently and initially docs thought it was from using the bicycle in the gym. However, they gave me MRI scan and spotted something which they said they would have to operate on to check it out as it wasn't clear enough from the scan. I then had surgery and they removed a growth about the size of a grapefruit. The doc said it had probably been growing since I was born. I didn't ask anything more about it as I hate hospitals and kind of play 'ostrich' with anything to do with my health :-( Anyway 8 years on, I started getting pain near my left hip in the buttock. Over the last year, it has got worse and worse. I now have severe pain near the hip, stabbing pains in tailbone and rectal stabbing pains. I have cramping/stabbing pains in left front shin and burning tingling pain in left heel. The doc here initially thought it was sciatica but the pain is constant and terrible at night and non mechanical. No position relieves it. Doc has finally said she is sending me for CT scan to see what it is (which is EIGHT weeks away :-( ). I am 50 year old female by the way (who is terrified of hospitals, so am really hoping this is not something that requires surgery again). Has anybody had similar symptoms and what was the outcome? Many thanks all


  • Hi Pembroke.....Welcome to Spine Health!..it has been a while since I have posted on here, and of course I am not a doctor, but it sounds to me like you should ask your doctor about your sacroiliac joint and possibly your pudendal nerve. I am not that good about giving detailed explanations...you can research both of these areas on this site or elsewhere on the internet. I hope you'll contact your doctor...I have been dealing with these two conditions for over two years now. Good luck!

  • :D hi and welcome to the forum! :D we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are in the right place and did just fine. although i do not have your specific problems, we do have chronic pain in common. please try and not worry until you get your CT results. there may be time for that later, but until then do some deep breathing and enjoy meeting new friends on SH. many conditions can often be treated with medication so there may be an easy solution to your problem, if any!!! i hear that you are in pain now and that may be a sign there is a problem!! i am not trying to minimize your pain, only not to worry just yet!!please have a look around and make yourself at home. keep us informed. Jenny :D
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  • Hi Mysteria, thanks for that. I will check out that on this site (although not sure how to find these areas, I will try putting into the search box thingy :-) Doc is being helpful, but pain meds do not seem to help that much. Maybe some meds are not approved for use in Ireland. I will have to find out more about what is available. Many thanks for taking the time to reply O:)
  • Hi Jenny, many thanks for your support. My sister calls me an Ostrich LOL and says I try to avoid 'issues'. I suppose I am trying to find someone with my symptoms who says, 'Oh they gave me an injection and it went away' - that way I don't have to deal with the idea of going into hospital (which as I mentioned I am terrified of :( ) Just a big chicken here, but it will be nice to make new friends and hear other people's stories. Am signed off sick anyway until the scan, so I have no excuse not to make an effort LOL. Thanks again for replying. I am not very good at this computer thing but am learning - I hope LOL. Talk again :D Rowena
  • :D it is always a comfort to hear of like situations.. i can totally understand that. i am sure others will drop by an say hi with a few ideas to offer. i am sorry you are hurting. seeking a diagnosis can be a long, first step.. do you also have trouble sleeping? LOL! Jenny :D
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  • ~X( Yep Jenny pain wakes me up at night and I think that has put me out of 'synch'. Although it is 1.10 p.m. at the moment here in Ireland. When I first came onto this site, it seemed to be about 3 or 4.00 a.m. in the morning, so I guess there are a lot of poor people out there who also can't sleep 'cos of pain, so best wishes to all of them too O:) Thanks for advice Jenny - I will keep eye out for you >:D<
  • Hiya, Welcome to spine health, Can i ask what is the pain like when you wake up in the mornings? Oh also can i ask is that pembrokeshire wales ?

    Angie x
  • Hi Rowena,

    I'm in Ireland too (Dublin), and just wondering if you have VHI / Bupa. I got a MRI within 3 days of Doc request, and was fully covered by VHI.

    Sorry to hear your pain - am currently going thru my own, but nowhere near the levels described by you.

    Best of luck,


  • Hi there - Pain in morning quite bad, and I definitely need to take my pain meds as soon as I wake up. Hope you are feeling a bit better yourself now and that your pain has not got any worse.
    P.S. Yes it is Pembroke in Wales :-)
  • Hi Michael, no unfortunately we don't have VHI or Bupa. They wouldn't take me as I had the tumour removed before so that wasn't covered and I am also a diabetic. We did get an extremely prohibitive quote in the end so didn't bother. The cost to go private is around €500 and would you believe it, I have just been made redundant. Let's hope 2009 brings better luck :-)
    Hope you are feeling a bit better yourself.
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