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    Old 03-08-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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    Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    Hi guy's hope you are all doing well today. I got rid of the swelling in my feet finally. Turns out that the foot thing was a thyroid related issue, so the doctor upped my levothyroxine. Here is whats going on now.I am having big time pain in my left hip. It feels like something is pinching me deep inside the outer part of my hip. I have had sciatica before and it doesn't feel like that. Please tell me that I am not developing a hip issue now. I swear if I wrote a book about all of these issues and seems like its something new daily no one would believe its true. Anyone else having hip problems and if so, What are you doing about it?
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    Old 03-08-2008, 09:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    Yep, I'm in that club, too. I didn't have any problems until after my hardware removal last September. I only had one piece removed, all the rest is still in there, but something happened either during surgery or by me during recovery. I developed excrutiating pain in my R hip, worse at night to the point that I could only lay on that side for up to 10 minutes. I have to carefully turn to each side and to my back routinely all through the night, so it was really hard to not be able to lay on that side. It makes me much stiffer the next day if I can't rotate the stress during the night.

    I've had three different injections, two in the hip/upper thigh and one facet. It's hard to tell if they did anything in the long run. The first one did nothing, the second one made me much worse for several weeks, but then it calmed down a little and I got so I could lay on that side for 40 minutes. The facet injection did nothing (except other damage, but that's another story). It seems like it's slowly improved so that my daytime limp that I have when getting out of the car or standing up after sitting for longer than a few minutes is gradually getting less. I doubt that it's due to the injections. I thought I was going to get an actual diagnosis, but the PM said I may have a degenerated hip and that was as far as it went. I suppose I should see a "hip guy," but I'm so tired of all this, the injections didn't do anything, and I'm not going to even consider any other surgery right now, so I'm in a watch-and-wait mode, which the PM agreed was reasonable for now.

    I really don't get it. It was clearly related somehow to the last surgery, perhaps by my using muscles differently or walking a bit "off" while I was in pain, but it should have certainly cleared up by now. It's frustrating. I'm at the point of accepting that this is simply going to be a part of the picture for me.

    Yeah, like you said, yippee.

    Sigh,
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    Old 03-08-2008, 10:11 AM   #3
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    You might also read up on hip bursitis. Again, due to body mechanics, you may be overcompensating or something for back issues and it is affecting the joint.

    It's always something, isn't it??

     
    Old 03-08-2008, 11:15 AM   #4
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    Yep it is always something. I read up on the hip bursitis.it could be but I think its something to do with my back. At least I hope so. My grandma had to have hip replacement surgery in her 80's and I hope that is not something that I inherit. Blue, I have to keep switching positions at night to or my hip gets real painful and numb and this is weird but so does my shoulder and arm but that is probably because of the cervical stenosis. I wonder if it is possible that lumbar stenosis is making my hip hurt. I am seeing my PM the 12th and I will see what she has to say. I think at this point I am willing to try a shot if she suggests it cause this is starting to become a big issue.
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    Old 03-08-2008, 11:47 AM   #5
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    The PM did mention it could possibly be a bursa. He felt that if the injections helped, that was a sign that that's what it was. But then again, maybe I'm just one of those people who don't benefit from the injections. I'll do some reading. Thanks!

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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    Well, Dee....you know that I can, of course, believe it! As you know, we are in the same club. I have had severe bouts of what I just know was nerve pains in my hip areas. Except that it's not in the area that docs say hip pathology usually comes from. However, I do get occassional achiness in my hip joints, more so on the right (and I did have hip mri's done, which should mild arthritis on the right with a possible bone spur). The area of my hips that I get nerve pain is the area where one would put their hands on their hips on each side. My nerve pain radiated from the back hip/rear area up around the top outer hip area, and partly into my groin areas. Is there where your hip pain is?

    I also have a pressure type feeling deep down in there. Like if you were to put your hands on your hips and be able to sink them down inside, I get a deep achiness and pressure feeling on both sides. It gets worse the longer I stand or walk, but walking is worse. I started noticed this feeling maybe a month or 2 after surgery. My surgery was great but I noticed this feeling the first time I relaly went out clothes shopping after surgery. I was out for hours, and felt it after several hours walking around. Then I started to get some mild back spasms as well. I did tell my surgeon about it and he set me up with his groups hip specialist just to double check if i had any hip problems. I do, but they seem mild (though occasionally I do feel a little achy in the hips ..and that is felt in front. For example, if you lay down and bend one knee, then pull your pull to your chest as tightly as you can & you feel pain inside the area where your upper leg bends, that is usually a sign of hip arthritis. At least that is what I was told by the hip doc and my PT. The hip doctor thought it was probably more spine related. But I also have this snapping sensation in my actual right hip area (in between the groin and outer leg) every time I take a step. Even when I do my leg extensions, every time i bring my leg down, it snaps in there. It doesnt really hurt, but it gets uncomfortable sometimes.

    On Thanksgiving, I was trying to stand aroudn too much cooking, etc..and got quite uncomfortable. 11 pm at night I got up out of bed to use the restroom and suddenly couldnt move. It felt as though someone was taking a razor edged saw to my nerves in my left outer hip area. It was so bad I could not get up, I coudlt put no pressure on it at all. And it was sheer agony to move it in any direction. And then I thought...OMG Im going to wet myself and never make it up 13 steps to get to the bathroom. So I started hopping on my right bad foot (which messed that all up again) and there was no way I was getting up the stairs. I had to call my parents to come and help me get up my stairs. my left leg was kind of dangling, while my mother put a pillow on each step as I knee hopped on my right knee up the stairs. I had to use my left arm to pull myself up as well. I mean, If I never went thru this, I coudl never imagine someone telling me this story!! I felt as if I was being continuously electrocuted in that area. Needless to say it was another fiasco trying to use the bathroom and getting back to bed and trying to sleep.

    I don't know what the bursa are, none of my docs or pt ever mentioned it to me so im not familiar. But the only time i've gotten some relief from the outer hip nerve pains and that deep achy pain down in there was when I got spinal ESI's. When I got the nerve block in June, I was able to walk around or stand for very long periods without too much discomfort (until it wore off) This time around when getting my caudal ESIs it did help, but not complelety. I was able to shop in a store but had to leave 2 hours in & I was already in alot of pain. I really had trouble & had to shuffle with my legs far apart..and had to walk through the mall like this!!! And of course people were staring at me left & right as usual.

    ANd now since this last round of ESI's wore off, this pain is there all the time and I am having trouble standing and walking after just a few minutes. It was awful b/c I had to go to stores to find new shoes and suit a for interviewing. I had to go to one store in the mall one day, another store another day..and couldnt stay in one store. By 1/2 hour I was in pretty bad pain and get the real bad cramps in my rear and down the backs of my legs.

    So girl, I know you are not crazy and I know all sorts of things can happen..it seems like some domino effect. I am not really sure of exactly what is causing all this for me b/c I've not had a recent MRI. My last one was in May of 07. THat MRI report showed several things, but when I went that time, the pain I was having then was pretty much from tissue stuck in the L5 lateral recess. My PM only gave me Soma, which is not doing anything for outer hip area pains. My rheumy gave me Lyrica, but i didnt really go into detail with him about this. He told me lyrica should help my muscles and spasms LOL.

     
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    By chance could it have anything to do with your med increase?? I know that my Dad actually had to go off some high cholesterol meds because they were causing hip/thigh pain which is why I am asking.

    Hope you feel better you have certainly had your share.

     
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    Baybreeze yes that pressure feeling thats it exactly. I was telling Doug about it and I said it is the weirdest sensation, I just want to jab something in that area to relieve it, don't worry I won't though. I think I am going to ask for a shot when I see my PM. I sort of remember have this same pain in my hip before surgery. I hope that having the pain back isn't a bad sign. Pepper, all the meds I take are ones that I've been on for LOL forever! I take morphine, zanaflex lorazepam and levothyroxine. I suppose since my thyroid has been off that could be a reason for the pain. They say when your thyroid is off it effects every system in your body because it supplies hormones to keep your body in balance. I am feeling a little better today, I went out to karaoke with some friends and a few cocktails (didn't take any pain meds except in the morning) and sang 5 or 6 songs. I had forgotten how good it feels to go out and play now and then! It has been over a year since I went out.
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    I just wanted to mention that my MIL had hip pain and was having a really painful time walking. She had several cortisone shots into the hip area. I kept telling her I thought it could be something in her lower lumbar area -- referred pain type thing. She finally got it checked out, and just had a PLIF. They thought the problem was at L4-5 but when the doc actually got in there, he ended up doing the fusion at L3-4. It completely took care of the hip pain....for what it's worth!

     
    Old 03-09-2008, 11:17 AM   #10
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    Re: Pain in my hip. Yippee!

    thanks for the info Marlosmom, I had fusion in 2006 L4-5 and I will do anything to avoid surgery again ever. I had a lot of post op problems that scared the heck out of me. My blood pressure dropped to a dangerously low level and I have never had any problems with blood pressure. I mean it was so low that they called some sort of code and nurses and doctors came running closed the curtains turned me almost upside down and started taking blood hooking up heart moniters etc.. The weird thing is I had cervical fusions 2 years before and had zero problems. I am scared another surgery might be the end for me. Which is probably untrue but I don't want to push it. lol
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