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Hip Pain

maryelleninnjmmaryelleninnj Posts: 101
I have spondylolisthesis L4L5 and severe arthritis. My shooting pains have improved, but I still get bad hip pain when walking just 5 minutes. I had hip xrays before seeing ortho. They were normal. Do I need an MRI to confirm that my pain is from the spine problem? Or is it normal to have this type of hip pain? Sometimes my knee hurts too. It doesn't feel like arthritis.

Mary Ellen


  • I also have knee and hip pain but I do have arthritic knees. My doc told me that the knee and hip pain will come from you walking differently compensating for your back problems. I tend to think he is right because when my back gets really bad people around me notice that I am walking with my foot turned out. I also get severe ankle pain and swelling.
  • :) hi! ask about a bone sccan. it can show up inflamation and give an idea of where the arthritis is. depending on you age it is a good idea to check for fractures as well. my hip pain is constant. I love to walk with my dog but can hardly make it more than 15 minutes at a time . i limp as it is. good luck and i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
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  • I thought we only did xrays, but just checked, and I did have a CT/scan in February. So it must be from the sciatica. After I walk for only 5 minutes, the hip pain starts. It goes away when I sit. But if I'm forced to walk through the pain, my whole leg ends up hurting, and it's hard to get to sleep.

    I'm getting the epidural injection because we'll be traveling (lots of walking), and I don't want to be popping pain pills all the time. I'm planning on getting the surgery (laminectomy and fusion), but it will have to wait at least another year. Fortunately, my pain getting out of bed is improving, because I made myself sleep on my back all night. Not my favorite way to sleep, but whenever I revert to side sleeping, the shooting pain comes right back. I haven't been consistent with my PT exercises the last couple of months, and will have to make sure I do them again.

    Thanks everyone,
    Mary Ellen
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