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Sacral, Right Hip and inguinal pain - MRI normal

autimom4everaautimom4ever Posts: 25
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Lower Back Pain

Hi all,

I am new and at a complete loss.

I am 42 yo. I am in ok health. Normal weight. Work as a visiting healthcare provider.

4 months ago my whole life changed.... PAIN!

It starts in the lower spine and spreads around to the right hip flexor/inguinal region.

I have spent SO much money trying to find the cause of this pain. I am afraid of addiction, so I do not take an prescription meds for it...So I AM SUFFERING and am scared that this is my life now.

I have seen an Orthopedic (did MRI - normal...so nothing), Neurologist (looked at MRI - sent me for PT - still going... So far the TENS unit helps some), SPINE specialist (said it was coxxydenia and gave me a shot in the coxxyx - NO help).

My pain was worse with sitting but since the shot, its all the time.

I'm miserable and am scared... Any thoughts? Anyone going through anything similar?
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  • I haven't got much advice - as I am waiting for an MRI myself and my worst fear is that they'll say there is nothing wrong with me - yet I am in pain all the time. All sorts of pain, leg, foot, hip, and the worst is my back!

    I'm 43 and have had the pain for 5 months now.

    Anyway I'm fairly new to this site but I'm sure there are lots of other tests that can be done - I have read on here that an MRI doesn't show everything - have a look at some other posts. There are some really positive stories and comments from people esp about pain managment and tests.

    I have just started using TENS - but have also spent a fortune and nothing really does it - Bowen, Acupuncture (hurt like hell!) Chiropractor. I am also afraid of the meds but do take them at night to be able to sleep. Just hoping now that it will either heal eventually or the MRI will show something that can be fixed

    Good luck!
  • I am in no way a Dr but have a few suggestions. I went through 2.5 years of tests, imaging, ESI, PT, RFA. My 1st 2 mri's b/c their was nothing just normal findings they said. I finally had a 3rd and the Neurosurgeon did the stand up MRI and wow was the findings different. I had severe DDD, disc protrusion, and annular tear at l5 s1. He followed it up with a discogram and it was positive at l5 s1. I finally had a TLIF fusion and assumed I would be okay. Well the fusion helped my mid lbp and sciatica about 60% due to no disc to leak on the nerve. After 4 months of the hip, buttocks, groin pain he finally sent me back to a PM doc. He did diagnostic SI Joint injections and confirmed my main pain generator was my SI Joint all along even though the fusion would have been needed sooner or later to restore the disc height. I have went through every injection known to man, nerve branch block, and RFA and only minimal relief. I am now facing an SI Joint fusion. I wish more Ortho docs and Neurosurgeons would address the SI Joint the way they do the disc and facet joints. Being I was fused above the joint the added stress has caused dysfunction and there;s only 1 option left for me. If u have these pains it may be SI joint issues. A few simple tests can detect it and save u a lot of pain and $$ for images. For the most part SI Joint issues do not show up on CT, MRI etc. Your low back, hip, buttocks will hurt burn and sooner or later when the ligaments are torn in the joint the leg(s) can start to give out. I am only 28 and on disability due to the pain and loss of mobility. I would have given anything to have had this looked at years ago and saved myself a lot of pain and surgeries. Good luck and I hope u find out the cause but bring this up if u feel like the symptoms are similar. Usually an Ortho spine specialist has more experience with this..
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  • Did you ever find an answer. Please help. I am in a lot of pain. I would appreciate your help. Thank you quote=autimom4ever]Hi all,

    I am new and at a complete loss.

    I am 42 yo. I am in ok health. Normal weight. Work as a visiting healthcare provider.

    4 months ago my whole life changed.... PAIN!

    It starts in the lower spine and spreads around to the right hip flexor/inguinal region.

    I have spent SO much money trying to find the cause of this pain. I am afraid of addiction, so I do not take an prescription meds for it...So I AM SUFFERING and am scared that this is my life now.

    I have seen an Orthopedic (did MRI - normal...so nothing), Neurologist (looked at MRI - sent me for PT - still going... So far the TENS unit helps some), SPINE specialist (said it was coxxydenia and gave me a shot in the coxxyx - NO help).

    My pain was worse with sitting but since the shot, its all the time.

    I'm miserable and am scared... Any thoughts? Anyone going through anything similar?
  • Did you ever find the answer to your pain in the hip flexor and inguinal area. I have the exact same pain now for 6 months. I would appreciate any help. Please. Thank you
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,636
    This is a very old thread, for best support and information I suggest you make a new thread in introductions, you can do this by clicking on 'create forum post' on the left column.
    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-started

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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