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My hips hurt and I have pain in both legs

TTLCTTTLC Posts: 876
Hi everyone,

I have been reading through the many posts on this forum over the past two days, as I have been experiencing a lot of hip pain and leg pain over the last 2 weeks. It's amazing to read how many of you suffer with this very annoying type of pain. I would appreciate any input from you may have for me, particularly if what I describe is similar to what you have gone through or currently experience?

I have been doing my best to focus on leg and hip stretches during the day, to try and reduce what feels like nerve pain running down the sides of both legs. Unfortunately, these stretches don't seem to be helping very much. I take Advil to help reduce my pain from muscle inflammation, Flexeril for my muscle spasms and I also take Neurontin for my nerve pain.

I was diagnosed in January of this year of having dislocated tailbone fractures, in addition to a fracture in my sacrococcygeal junction. I had two sympathetic nerve blocks with coccyx injections on March 17th, which have amazingly taken care of my chronic tailbone pain. I am truly grateful for having pain relief to my busted up tailbone, as it allows me to sit for longer periods of time these days.

Prior to my nerve blocks and injections, I did have quite a bit of radiating pain into both of my hips and my thighs from my tailbone fractures... but I never felt this irritating pain down the sides of my legs? The pain I feel in both hips is that of a really sore muscles with some burning. It is then followed by a stream of pain running down the sides of both my legs. At night, this pain seems to flare up really bad. I will sometimes wake up with pain in my knees, which is something entirely new. I always use a pillow between my knees for sleeping, but I'm constantly having to switch sleeping positions due to these irritating hip and leg pains.

I have my monthly pain management visit next Tuesday and plan on asking what the heck is going on. I wonder if this is still radiating pain from my tailbone fractures, or if my hip muscles are swollen and causing the nerves to be irritated? Could the injections have caused such feelings like this and perhaps it will eventually subside over time?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

I wish you all less pain, great weather and a good days.

Thanks for reading,

Tammy :)


  • I noticed I had more pain in my hip and leg after the injections also. Maybe you're able to walk or do things more and are straining the muscles? I noticed cramping and a flare up just after my last injections not sure if that's related somehow? But hope it calms down for you. It's good you're seeing the PM Dr. next week about all this and hope you're feeling better.

    I know they do injections usually in sets of 3 if they helped and then repeat them about a month afterwards if you got relief from the first set for a time. Some people don't require 3 injections but the norm seems to be a series of 3 to help the pain go away longer. I have to wait an extra 3 weeks longer as my PM Dr. is away until April 22nd. But I'm looking forward to the next set can you believe that? :O I hope you get through this and take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I sent you a link to some information on the psoas muscle.

    As Charry suggests, it could be something is simple as carrying yourself slightly differently now that you don't have all that coccyx pain. You may be using muscles you haven't used in awhile.

    As I mentioned in my PM, I was having excruciating pain in my right hip and thigh and it turned out to be my LEFT psoas that was badly contracted, and causing my pelvis to rotate.

    Did I ever give you my secret traction exercise to help release contracted muscles along the spine? It is very easy. All you do is lie flat on your back on the floor. Be sure your body is in straight alignment. Bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. Place arms close to the sides of your body, with palms facing upward toward the ceiling. Tuck your chin every so slightly toward chest. And be sure your pelvis is in “neutral” position.

    Now, just relax. Breathe deeply from the belly, letting it rise up and fall back down. Try to relax completely …think pleasant thoughts and keep breathing from the belly. Try to stay this way about 5 minutes.

    The alternate to this is to lie on the floor on your back with your hips snuggled right up against the front of a couch or chair. Lift and fold legs so from the knee to the feet, your calves are resting on the seat of the couch. Arms should be by your sides, palms facing up to the ceiling. Again, relax and breathe deeply from the belly.

    Both these exercises are a natural form of traction that allows the spine to unload. Any muscles and soft tissue that are “guarding” the spine should also be able to relax.

    When I am having a bad day, I might do one of these at least three times a day. Otherwise, I make a point of doing it every day at some point. Some days when I wake up, I feel out of alignment. So before beginning the day, I hit the floor first thing. Otherwise, in the evening while watching TV I’ll do it then and stay longer than five minutes.

    I’ve been known to find a quiet corner in an airport and stretch out on the floor when I feel like I cannot walk another step….try it and see what you think.
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  • I had another thought. It very well could be the IT band that runs from the piriformis down to the knee on the outside of each thigh. Mine are tight all the time and it often goes with pain in the piriformis and a tight psoas...it can mimic sciatic pain.
  • I'm sorry you have to deal with more pain like this. Please let us know what your doctor says about it. This also made me think of what I was told during therapy. There is a condition called sacral lesion I think but it's not what it sounds like. It just means that it moves when it shouldn't and it does cause some pain. When one thing goes wrong in your back, everything tends to fall out of whack. What a pain!
  • As usual gweenie has some amazing stretches...the one with putting your legs on the chair works very well for me. In addition, getting on all fours and than stretching back one leg and the opposite arm works really well for me. Also the simple pulling knee into stomach while lying on the floor.

    When stretches are not working, one thing that never fails for me is a hot bath with some epsom salt. Usually atleast about a quart atleast. I get out feel a little tingly than great and could last till I get home and do it again before I sleep.

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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    You're holding yourself different,walking, standing, sitting, anything with your posture, limping, not limping, gait, anything different since your not experiencing youre sacral pain. Could you be over or undercompensating because youre pain is gone there. Ask Mike to watch you and see if he notices anything different. And report it to the P.M. Dr.
    I was hoping you would be walking 5 or 6 mi. a day Pain free. So sorry! =((
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    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Tammy,
    From my experience pain radiated from one isolated origin and increased while spreading south and perhaps on the basis that your nerve block was effective it only masked the symptoms rather than the eradicating them.

    Does your pain increase on coughing or sneezing, when laying flat can you raise each leg independently to the same height without increased pain. Are the sensation to touch in the arch of both feet the same.

    Pain in both legs may indicate something from a central origin and look at those suggestion others have may and evaluate them individually, have you changed anything.

    Take care and good luck.

  • I'm sorry to hear that you're having this additional pain. I don't have much to offer, except I've found that when I go to PT, with things changing so much as I'm recovering, I'm constantly getting out of alignment and my PT does different things to get things back together.

    A week ago, I went in and apparently the muscle in my back above my left bun was so tight that it was causing my left leg to be shorter than my right one, so he did some painful muscle pushing and stretching to get it back where it was supposed to be. Yesterday, my hips were out of alignment and he had to do some twisting stuff that put my hips back in the right place.

    When I had pain in my hips with pain that radiated down the back of both of my legs to my knees was caused by stenosis and facet problems at L4/5. Just thought I'd throw that in there, for what it's worth.

    Please let us know what the doc says. It's amazing how our bodies can get so out of whack when they fix one thing that causes us to carry our bodies a different way and that causes other alignment issues.

    Take care, Tammy. I'm glad to hear that the coccyx injections are still helping.

  • The annoying hip pain has been a huge thing for me since my accident. The new PM doctor is kind of a "let's poke things until we find one that pokes back" type and I think he's on to something!

    I had a facet block yesterday and it relieved both the hip pain and the pain just on the outside of the thigh. Only for a few hours, though- it was a diagnostic test for a radiofrequency ablation.

    But nobody had ever suggested facet syndrome before. This guy said facet syndrome would be almost a given due to my injury and the subsequent instability of my back.

    He also suggested that I might have bursitis in my hips, still due to the injury.

    Anyway, just throwing that out there. When I read up on facet syndrome, the deep pain in the lower back, hip, down into the leg sounded more familiar than traditional sciatica.

    I'm also starting to wonder about my SI joint. Did you get that injected along with the tailbone?

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