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Lower Back, Hip Pain

Felix80FFelix80 Posts: 1
edited 02/06/2015 - 7:37 PM in Chronic Pain
I've had chronic low back pain since having twins in 2010. This past spring/summer (2014), after several intermediate hikes on the Mtn, the pain got to me and so I went to get adjusted by a chiropractor. After the first visit it suddenly felt as though the source of the pain was now my hips. The inside of my left hip in front and through my groin was painful. I did two more adjustment appointments and two sessions of deep tissue massage.

Now what was initially an annoyance became something a little more and so I scheduled an appt with my GP - she gave me an anti inflammatory rx and a six week course with the PT. She also ordered an X-ray which came back clean.

The pain grew worse - besides the lower back and front left groin, I was now feeling pain on the outside of both hips. It hurt to walk, to sit and to stand. I could barely drive to work without tears, let alone focus on work through the pain. My GP ordered Vicodin and sent my to the orthopedic dept. for evaluation. During that appt, the Dr. suspected labral tear but said they wouldn't do an arthrogram unless I chose to be on a surgical path. I decided to stick with the PT, in hopes that I could strengthen up and lesson the symptoms over time.

I took two weeks off from going to the office, and worked 6-7 hrs a day from home. The rest, coupled with the PT helped some and pretty soon I wasn't crawling across the floor to get from point A to B anymore.

I'm still struggling every day. The pain now radiates down my lower back through both side of my buttocks. If I do the "C" compress on the outer hip, the pressure feels good. If I press my thumb into the middle of the inside of my thigh or the outside of my hip, I get pain. I think everything has become irritated by the underlying problem. I work at a computer 8+ hrs per day. I have a sit/stand desk. I have to take mini walking / stretching breaks just to function but still my effectiveness at the job has been cut down significantly. My relationship with my boss has become somewhat compromised.

I also have fibromyalgia. I've had cartilage repairs on both knees. I'm thinking labral tear, bursitis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction or sciatica or a combination of some of the above, but mostly thinking labral tear + bursitis.

I am so done. I just scheduled the arthrogram for 2/24. I don't want surgery but it's been six months since the debilitating hip pain started and I just want answers. The more I read though the more depressing hip issues seem. Couple that with fibromyalgia and it's a win win. I just want to be able to sit down for ten minutes without pain. :'-(
KJ
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,625
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  • When I sit down, my thighs hurt and my feet get pins and needles and start going numb. When I stand up, my hips and butt start burning with pain. When I lie down, my lower back hurts like hell.

    The cause of my pain? Herniated L4-5 disc.

    Nerve compression of the spinal nerve roots can manifest itself as pain or numbness anywhere below the site of the pinch. Have a good look around this website and then have a good chat with your surgeon about it.

    Steve
    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,193
    edited 02/08/2015 - 1:34 PM
    of time figuring out if there was another lumbar disc or hip problem, my spine specialist ran one test an my hip doctor ran another.

    I had a ESI in the lower lumbar. If that helped with my back pain but did nothing for my hip pain then the problem was in my back.
    My hip doctor than injected steroids into my hip to see if that helped.

    The ESI helped more... Ok, so we know I have a lower back problem. Well not so lower.. I have more herniation at L3. But thats ok, I can deal with that. Its only stenosis and more DDD coming my way. But the steroid did help my hip pain so much, that we knew it was a hip problem.

    My physiatrist summed it up even easier. She sat me on a table and move my legs apart pretty far. When she did that I felt a lot of stabbing pain. She said if I didnt feel that pain, the problem was in my back.

    Result Total hip replacement (Left) done in 2011.... Second total hip replacement (Right) done in 2013.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • bigtymebbigtyme Posts: 1
    edited 02/08/2015 - 7:26 PM
    I'm new to all of this, I'm just looking for a few answers. Recently my MRI showed my L3 L4 L5 showed there was narrowing in them. I have pain in my right leg coming up through my hip through my back, now my left hip is starting to hurt. I never know from day to day how I will feel, one day I have minimal pain the next pain so bad I want to cry. The pain meds only put me to sleep so I just deal with it the best I can. This has effected my daily life, there is no such thing as a social life. My wife is supported of me but I know its frustrating to her as well. I go see my doctor next week is there any other questions I should be asking him? Norris
  • AZ_TonyAAZ_Tony Posts: 2
    edited 02/09/2015 - 1:52 AM
    Sorry to hear, sucks to hurt so much. I would not agree to surgery till you have had at least a MRI of you lumbar and pelvis as just X-rays will not give all the answers. You may want to consider a different Dr. Didn't catch where you live so that may not be a option for you but you may consider looking up a Pain management specialist who is certified in multiple fields like clinical neurophysiology and Interventional pain management at least. They should be doing a full spectrum of tests before jumping in and saying cut,cut cut. done! A pain Doc will at least find what hurts thru elimination and then you will know for sure. As scary as it may sound , epidurals are a godsend, actually for those of us with disc issues and there is no better feeling in the world than when that needle hits that inflamed, screaming nerve with the "juice" and all of a sudden it just stops and by gosh I actually burst into tears right there on the table I felt so happy to finally have that searing stabbing pain abate! I don't cry and I don't hug and I did both right there that day. So im saying, maybe shop around a little.
    AZ_Tony
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  • AZ_TonyAAZ_Tony Posts: 2
    edited 02/09/2015 - 1:52 AM
    bigtyme said:
    I'm new to all of this, I'm just looking for a few answers. Recently my MRI showed my L3 L4 L5 showed there was narrowing in them. I have pain in my right leg coming up through my hip through my back, now my left hip is starting to hurt. I never know from day to day how I will feel, one day I have minimal pain the next pain so bad I want to cry. The pain meds only put me to sleep so I just deal with it the best I can. This has effected my daily life, there is no such thing as a social life. My wife is supported of me but I know its frustrating to her as well. I go see my doctor next week is there any other questions I should be asking him? Norris
    what's your age, type of job, any prior injuries/accident ?
    If middle aged and did any sitting type or repetitive bending climbing, well, your getting older buddy, sounds like DDD and sciatica pain. Exercise is your friend! I know it hurts, been there , still there, will always be there myself But, the alternative is much worse!

    Ask your DR. for a prescription for a TENS unit for at home.
    Ask if Compound Creams are a viable alt to pain meds or can supplement them. they can contain Lidocain/Ketamine/Tramadol ect. since they are topical and not oral, you wont get loopy from them.
    This is a long path, may want a new wife.


    AZ_Tony
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