A couple months ago I started having pain on an area on the side of my upper right thigh that has increased overtime. It hurts to the slightest touch, has somewhat of a burning pain to it, and throughout the day it gets worse and the pain and time radiates down my leg. While at an appt with my doc, I told her and she "punched" me there-(which really hurt-I was not happy!), she said she thought it was bursitis. Just told me to take some IB, and if it worsened when I came back 3 weeks later, she would see about a cortizone shot. Went back, told her it was much worse and I developed another area nearby on an area on my lower back that had the same symptoms. Now, she was going to send me to physical therepy and also sent me to xrays. I didn't make the appt for xrays, because I am waiting for them to fax me the report of the xrays like they said they would do on Friday to my work-which they didn't. They did call me at home and all the nurse said was that my doc said it showed "something moved"???(FROM WHAT???) and I needed to come back for a full hip and back exam and put me through to scheduling. The scheduling person set it up for NOV 17-three weeks away!!! I also mentioned the report being faxed and like i said it never did. You see I plan to get this report to see what exactlt what it says and get myself as new doctor and hopefully get in a lot sooner than 3 weeks. I'm in a lot of pain and would like to know whats wrong and start being treated. I've had this doctor for many years and this past year I've gone through the run around with her concerning my migraines and I can't do this. Sorry for the long post, but does anyone know what this could be or have had symptoms like this before so I can kind of know what to expect?
Thanks so much!
My xray results: L5 on S1 spondylolisthestesis with probable L5 sponylolysis. As clinically indicated this could be confirmed with on MRI or Ct eval. Mild disk space changes at this lebel. Mild dextoscoliosis.
Osteitis condensans ilii. Mild DJD changes at symphysis pubis.
I did look up some of this on-line but if any of you have anyfeedback on this I would really appreciate it. I do have an appt in a week and a half with a NEW doctor. I am in a lot pain that is the worse in the afternoon. I'm 39 and I'm a full-time day care teacher. I was prescribed Etodolac 400 mg 3 times a day by my "former" doc when I called and left a message to have my xray report faxed to me and said I was in a lot of pain. I do have Vicodin for my migraines that I've taken only when it's gotton really bad and can barely walk. Has anyone gone through this ???
I also have spondylilolisthesis. When was first diagnosed, I had lots of lower back pain. I have been able to control it by doing strengthening exercises--lots of core work. My back still occasionally hurts, but its manageable. I notice it more now that I've had my hip fixed. Ice also helps. I have taken etodolac too. It helps.
Last edited by Larimergirl; 11-06-2008 at 03:50 PM.
Is spondylilolisthesis a medical term for "squished disk?" I, too, suffer from chronic hip and lower back pain. Years ago, my doctor diagnosed me with tendonitis, hip bursitis and squished disks. When my back really hurts, I can feel a bulge on my spine.
But the hip is much worse. It has bothered me badly for over a decade. Chronic pain has taken over my life. I've tried all forms of traditional therapy, except a hip replacement, from nsaids to cortisone shots.
Has anyone here tried herbal remedies? I have found a tea containing echinacea and licorice root has given me some temporary relief. I'm not sure if this is a long-term solution.
All I know is that it's gotten to the point where I have lost faith in my doctor, and my friends and family just don't understand how this pain has affected me. It's a struggle, not only to get through each day, but nights as well. Sleep in not good.
I've gained weight because exercise is excrutiating; yet I know losing weight would help some. I work at home, because it's all I can do. I've started my own business, but it's slow-going. I'm wondering if I can get disability payments, but I doubt it. My doctor isn't very cooperative and besides, who gets disability for bursitis? I'm at the end of my ropes with this!
Spondylilothesis is basically a stress fracture in one of the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column. Mine affected the fifth lumbar vertebra in the lower back and is considered mild. It shifted out of place a little bit but hasn't moved since diagnosis. As far as I can tell, there is no nerve damage. Lots of people can have this condition and not notice because they don't have any obvious symptoms or pain. I found out about mine when we were trying to figure out why I was having so much hip pain. I had lower back pain, but was associating it with hip at the time.
When my back bothers me, its in the lower back and sometimes feels like a muscle strain. Sometimes, though I have spasms that stiffen the back and tighten the hamstring muscles. In my case, ice and aspirin or ibuprofen usually help.
My back bothers me now mostly when I walk long distances. Otherwise, its ok. Fixing the hip made a lot of pain go away.
Have your doctor's xrayed your hip? You may have cartilage loss and may be a candidate for hip replacement. You ought to check it out if you haven't done so yet.
Last edited by Larimergirl; 11-12-2008 at 02:25 PM.
Reason: add sentence
I have had x-rays, ct scans, and many other tests (one where they injected dye into my spine; another they put needles in my leg and recorded the reaction - can't remember the names) and still, my doctor hasn't been able to diagnose the problem. I think the umbrella term, "bursitis," is used when they can't make a definitive diagnosis. I've been to a number of specialists, too. I've had several cortisone shots, with no relief.
It's shaken my faith in traditional medicine.