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Not sure if the doctor diagnosed me correctly.

OrangebananaOOrangebanana Posts: 1
edited 02/18/2015 - 9:41 PM in Lower Back Pain
So it all started in January where after sitting for a while my left leg started to tingle a bit. From then I could still bend and dance as normal (I am 19). Last week my dance classes resumed and I caused horrible pain to come.

It was down my lower back and down my leg when I bent forward or lifted my leg. A few days past and I got a lot better with only pain in my lower back next to my spine when I bent a certain way. Today it suddenly became worse after I lifted my 2yrd old niece. So I went to the doctor.

She examined me and asked me to lay on the bed and move my leg in certain positions. I have scoliosis with a 51 degree curve but she disregarded any part of my spine causing the pain. I have been googling. And thought I may have a herniated disc but maybe I'm just wrong. My brother has had a bulging disc before that was pinching his nerve and had to have surgery and he said his symptoms were very much like mine with pain next to the spine and not in the spine.

She ended up prescribing me anti inflammatory tablets and sending me for a hip X-ray which I had today. If I don't hear anything from her then nothing is wrong with my hip.

My question is:

Could it be a hip issue, what would have caused it. It's pain in my lower back and before lower back of my thigh shooting down my leg.

Or is it more likely a disc issue and should I go back ?


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  • It sounds like your doctor performed a straight leg exam, which shows signs of a nerve root impingement. Also, she was testing your hips at the same time. She obviously felt, from your symptoms and exam, that the problem was more hip related. Back pain can come and go, and for the most part isn't anything serious. Honestly, the worst thing you can do is self diagnose over the internet. If the pain doesn't get any better, I would go back if the xray doesn't show anything.

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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    Yes hip issues can cause back pain, when I had torn labrum of the hip it caused some low back pain and leg pain. After it was fixed surgically those issues were no more. Is it causing it in your case, thats for you and doctor to work out. What kind of doctor are you seeing ? I personally think that is a bad go, to only hear from doctor if something is wrong, I would request to hear either way so that you can have peace of mind and not be sitting there waiting. That way if pain does not go away you can have already formed your next plan of action.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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