Back surgery (L4L5 fixation/fusion) in 2004 to relieve sciatic pain. Still going to pain management. Now (Feb 2013) had total hip replacement, hoping to eliminate at least some of the pain. Major fail! My hip seems to doing ok, except my leg is constantly sore enough to cause me to limp & use a cane. Before hip surgery, the dr said my legs were 1/2 inch different in length. He repaired that & said it would take me 6 mo to a year to fully recover. I've completed 12 weeks of PT.
My back pain is much worse especially around the SI joints and at the waist, mid back. That's the previous surgery site. Probably adhesions? My right leg feels very tight & painful when I walk. Bone? Muscles? Everything hurts worse after PT. Stretching does seem to help but it's only momentary. Ice also offers short lived relief.
Someone please offer hope that time will help. My "ever hopeful" attitude is slipping. This pain is affecting every aspect of my life. I'm against narcotic pain killers. I'm taking 800 mg ibuprofen, but not every day as I know it will destroy my stomach, but it does help.
Some would say that it's muscle pain if ibuprofen helps, but that's not true. Years ago it helped with headaches when I had a tumor in my head.
Thanks for allowing me to share. I don't feel so alone.
The silent warrior against pain.
Total Hip Replacement - Feb 2013