Any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Admittedly, I know very little about arthritis, and the information I'm finding online is more than a little confusing.
Along about April my mother started having somewhat intense pain in her left leg. The pain is in the thigh, outer part. She did not injure herself, as far as she remembers. She is 75 years of age, neither over or under weight, controlled high blood pressure, was on Lipitor at the time, and led an active lifestyle for her age. (yoga/exercise classes 3 x week, walks at least 2 miles every day, bowls once a week on a league) She does not have any health concerns such as heart or diabetes (sp?), and makes certain she eats healthy.
When she went to the doctor, she was told she had bursitis and was given Naproxin. I disputed this, as bursitis is something typically in the joints. However, the Naproxin seemed to work, but mom didn't like the idea of staying on pills. And when the pills wore off, the pain came back. Next, the doctor thought it might be a reaction to the Lipitor (mom was taking the lowest dose), and mom was instructed to stop taking it. This was in July. Because of concerns regarding cholesterol, mom has taken extra concerns regarding her diet since then. The pain has continued.
The doctor then referred mom to an orthopedist, who requested she have xrays taken before her first appointment. For some odd reason, the xray techs only took xrays of her spine and pelvis, and no xrays of her leg.
Anyway, her appointment with the orthopedist was last Friday, and when the Physician's Assistant (yeah, not even the doctor, which annoyed both of us) looked at the xrays through the light from the window (HUH?!?!), he told my mom she had severe arthritis in her lower back. We both looked at each other - What?!?! She told this guy that she has no pain in her back (other than when she does some gardening or light housekeeping, and she does some bending/stooping), no swelling, not the intensity that we both think of with arthritis. And besides: how does this relate to the leg??? The guy didn't connect the dots at all, and simply left us confused. He did order xrays of her leg, but then left us sitting in the exam room for 45 minutes waiting for him to return. Mom got frustrated and annoyed, refused to wait for some one who wasn't even a "doctor," and we left. I've requested a second opinion, and am waiting for a referral.
Sorry for the length of this, but can arthritis in the back cause pain in the thigh? The pain does NOT go into the hip or the knee. It is totally localized to that area. There is no pain in the back. There is no swelling whatsoever. My gut is telling me she might have tendonitis (I get tendonitis in one of my fingers due to ongoing strain), but that's just my unqualified and uneducated guess. So, I turn to those here who have experience and know far more than I do about this topic. I'm looking to you for your insight and opinions, please! Thanks!