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Left low back and hip pain

ErinZeno1979EErinZeno1979 Posts: 1
edited 09/10/2015 - 9:16 PM in New Member Introductions
So I have been dealing with pain in my left side of my lower back that radiates pain into my hip and down my left thigh. I have no idea what is going on. I finally found a doctor that is willing to figure out what the problem could be. I had a xray of my left hip today and that came back normal. She also wants me to try physical therapy. I am applying heating pads to the area but it doesn't seem to have much effect. She currently has me on muscle relaxers and pain meds. The pain is so severe all the time and I can't seem to even find a comfortable position to be in. When I sit, especially while driving, it's killing me. Walking and lying down are horrible positions to be in as well. It seems like I really only get a small amount of relief is when I'm standing and I'm able to put my weight on my right leg. I seem to experience either really sharp pain or a severe ache. Would anyone possibly know what this could be??? Any answers would be great.

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  • CharliecharlesCharliecharles UKPosts: 29
    edited 09/11/2015 - 12:24 PM
    I've had lower back pain, hip and knee pain for 4/5 years. Though I can't tell you what is up I can offered my opinion which will hopefully be beneficial to you.
    My recommendation to you would be, if you have having physical therapy... stick with it! It can be a long process and you may not feel like you're getting anywhere fast but it can be worth it.
    I struggled to put my socks on for about 3 years due to scar tissue build up in my hip joint from a previous operation. Though my great physio put me through a lot of pain and now I can do it!!
    Also have you been referred for an mri scan? These show a lot more detail and may even find a cause for your pain.
    Hope you're keeping well and remember we're all in this together! :)
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