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Old 12-13-2003, 08:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy excruciating left hip pain

Hey everyone.
someone help. Since my HMO has not been real informative to me & you guys have been more than wonderful im hoping one or more of you can help me to to explain why my left hip is killing me so badly inside & out. maybe its not just L5S1 again thats bothering me & is partialy a hip problem too? Have any of you had this problem. The perkocet isnt even helping now. I am icing it like you guys have told me. But Im wondering if you could explain this to me.... Thanks... Abrniidgrl

 
Old 12-13-2003, 09:28 PM   #2
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

a-grl--This may not be much help, but I often also get hip pain which seems to be related to my back situation, which is mostly at L2/3, but also seems to be independent. When it's at its worst, I notice I also tend to have very tight hamstrings and sometimes tight quads.

I have gotten different opinions about it. One PT thinks it's an independent problem related to SI joint (which could also create L5/SI like symptoms, so that may be worth your pursuing). One doc thinks it's radicular pain from the disc level. Another doc thinks it has more to do with a quad stretch injury (rectus femoris muscle), which may be indirectly related to my back problems, but also separate.

This is a good example of how confusing all this can be--and why it's so important to be as sure as possible what the problem is before surgery. One thing I sometimes try is to treat the hip directly. For me, light heat is helpful. If that relieves things, and I've done nothing directly for/to my back, it has made me think the hip stuff is independent. In fact, it may even be what caused the back problem in the first place, which SI joint things can do.

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Old 12-13-2003, 10:05 PM   #3
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

[QUOTE=standingman]a-grl--This may not be much help, but I often also get hip pain which seems to be related to my back situation, which is mostly at L2/3, but also seems to be independent. When it's at its worst, I notice I also tend to have very tight hamstrings and sometimes tight quads.

I have gotten different opinions about it. One PT thinks it's an independent problem related to SI joint (which could also create L5/SI like symptoms, so that may be worth your pursuing). One doc thinks it's radicular pain from the disc level. Another doc thinks it has more to do with a quad stretch injury (rectus femoris muscle), which may be indirectly related to my back problems, but also separate.

This is a good example of how confusing all this can be--and why it's so important to be as sure as possible what the problem is before surgery. One thing I sometimes try is to treat the hip directly. For me, light heat is helpful. If that relieves things, and I've done nothing directly for/to my back, it has made me think the hip stuff is independent. In fact, it may even be what caused the back problem in the first place, which SI joint things can do.

Good luck,

Standingman[/QUOTE]
Standingman,
Thanks so much for your input! Im hoping the Myleogram the Dr. is sending me for will show if it is the SI. Almost a year ago I had a very bad fall down a flight of wood stairs backward head first on my tail bone & Im thinking it could have very well done it. This Dr. says my MRI does not show my nerve being compromised. Though Im in so much pain Im in tears. I will go for the heating pad now for a bit instead of the ice for a change.. Thanks again. I will also try the Epidural shot again on the 31st (it did nothing for me the first time).
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Old 12-13-2003, 11:28 PM   #4
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

Hi Abrniidgrl,

I like your name... Sorry to hear that you are having so much hip pain. Where exactly is your hip pain? Is it on the outer hip or do you have pain in your groin area? Does it hurt specifically with any movement like flexing your leg or extending it?

The reason I ask is because I was having back problems, even had surgery for one of the levels, and then began to have hip problems. I assumed it was from altered biomechanics from all of the back stuff, but after finally being persuaded to go to a hip specialist, I did actually have a hip problem which I eventually had surgery for too. (I just thought I would see how many surgeries I could fit in a year!?!?! Just kidding!)

Does your hip pain feel like radiating pain from your bottom or low back? Sorry for all the questions but I hope I can be of some help, after going through the crazy double dose of back/hip problem I went through.

Am here if you need any advice,
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Old 12-14-2003, 06:14 AM   #5
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

Hi Brown eyes!

I have horrible hip pain in my right hip...sometimes in the groin area. I have a tear in L4-L5 which I'll be having Nucleoplasty on 1/9. Will see if it helps the hip pain as well as low back.

Hope you get some answers!

Hi Sman!

Karen

 
Old 12-14-2003, 10:00 AM   #6
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

a-grl--I don't know if the myelogram will help determine if you have an SI problem, but it should show well (even better than MRI) whether and where there are any "pinches" that might be involved in one set or other of your symptoms, including, possibly, referred hip or groin pain. SI problems, from what I gather, are usually best diagnosed from physical exam and history.

In terms of heat and ice, as you've probably seen, everyone seems to have their particular recipes. In general, ice is better for inflammation, heat is better for spasm and tightness. But often both are involved. So I can only say that, for myself, mild heat has seemed to work the best for my particular stuff, but others will have had different experiences. Hang in!

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Old 12-14-2003, 12:07 PM   #7
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

My original Surgeon who is out until the beginining of February had said to me 8 yrs ago that its not the size of the bulge but your symptoms & your pain that matters. Example being the drop foot & the no response when hitting the knee to get a reflex with the little triangle rubber thing. This Dr. I saw Thursday was going by MRI & size of bulge only. This Surgeon I saw last week is a jerk! & Very devaluing! He also undermined my previous surgeons work by saying he would never have done surgery 8 years ago. How bizarre. The place where my pain in my hip is hard to describe. Try this though... If I stand up & put my left arm straight down to my hip palm at my side it would be right where your wrist area hits to about six inches up. That area in there its in sheer agony. & When sitting down you can just forget it! Oh my god its like a living hell! Its so painfull! Left side only. I have bulging at L3 L4 & L5.
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Old 12-14-2003, 12:11 PM   #8
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

Have any of you guys ever had a Myelogram? Have you had the headache afterward? I suffered big time from Migraines until I went on Topamax. Any suggestions for me??

 
Old 12-14-2003, 03:39 PM   #9
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

I have severe!!!!!hip pain My surgeon says it is definately my sciatia. My cage shifted and is pressing the nerve. The pain in my hip is much worse than the back
Hope this helps, but always remember the human body is so complex what is true for me may not be for another.

The rule of thumb is that nerve pain does not respond to pain medicine like vicodin and such.

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Old 12-14-2003, 04:27 PM   #10
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

Thanks so much! I jus did a little research online to the state of Ca website & discovered the last surgeon I went to on Thursday has had a judgement against him & has had to pay out a considerable amount of money to someone in arbitration. Bad thing am I right..... I do not like him anyways. I did the search cause I was worried about my orig. Dr. (the mind does strange things when your cooped up in the house, in pain & cant drive) must get out more! Anyways, Im thinking I should wait till my original Dr. to come back on Feb 4. That other Dr. was an A$& & I dont think I want him touching me..... What would you guys do?

 
Old 12-14-2003, 04:28 PM   #11
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Also, Lisa your right! The Perkocet does NOTHING whatsoever for the hip pain!!

 
Old 12-15-2003, 12:26 PM   #12
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Re: excruciating left hip pain

abgrl--I had a CT-myelogram recently with relatively no trouble. Yes, some discomfort when they first put in the dye, but not much after that. Others have had a range of experience. There is a thread on here somewhere on myelogram experiences that I started which includes the whole range. (At one point, someone responding in terms of EMG rather than myelogram, but that got clarified.)

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