Newbie with hip pain
Even though this may not be quite long enough to be "chronic", it's repetitive. I've been experiencing terrible pain in my left hip for the past 2 months. The pain is constant though at times is worse (definitely a 10) than other times (such as mid afternoon into the evening) and really limits what I can do. I don't go out of my apartment anymore than is necassary to get things (such as groceries) and when I do go to a bigger store I have to use one of those motorized carts to ride in. It's also affecting my sleep and some nights I acn't get very much sleep. I've had bursitis previously (5-6 years ago in that hip. I went through many doctors and treatments before I finally had surgery to remove the bursa which seemed to solve it. However in early September a similiar pain returned to that hip. I've seen various doctors including 2 PAs, a GP Dr. and an orthopedic doctor Dr. (who was of no help) and have been getting physical therapy.
I'm seeing another orthopedic doctor tomorrow for a 2nd (or 3rd) opinion. I've also been on various pain killers, the latest being tramadol which doesn't seem to hardly help. I was in vicodin briefly 2x and that helped the most. However the clinic I'm going to (& I live in a small town so the medical resources here are somewhat limited) , Dr. Stahl has requested (& it's on my records) that I can't have any more vicodin (because I think he thinks I'm going to get addicted to it) and told me it doesn't really help the pain any (which I think is a load of crap!). In addition to the pain in my hip sometimes it radiates down my shin onto the top of my ankle. I also feel some numbness & tingling sometimes on top of the foot. I have type 2 diabetes (that I'm on pills for) but doubt that's causing the numbness. I just had my A1C blood glucose level checked (which I have done 2x a year) and the level was very good & low.
That doctor, (a GP) also checked my feet and they were fine. I talked to her about the numbness and she agreed that I should bring it up to the Dr. when I see him tomorrow. I'm very frustrated by this and am wondering what to say and ask for though I already have several things on my mind to say. I very much would like to be prescribed vicodin again and hope that he understands and will let me do that. I'm also wondering about suggesting some other (I believe non narcotic) pain killers such as neurontin, parafon Fort, and celebrex. If anybody else can think of other painkillers or any suggestions I'd appreciate it if you could let me know. To be honest I'd like to be on an even stronger narcotic painkiller than vicodin, such as percocet, but that's not likely to happen with what's noted on my clinic records. One other thing is that if Dr. thinks that vicodin is too addicting for me to take, what about tramadol as isn't that supposed to be addictive too!?
Anyhow I'm sorry for such a short notice but my appointment (which had been moved from a later afternoon time) is at 12:15 CST tomorrow so if again if anybody could get back to me by then I'd really appreciate it.