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    Old 02-14-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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    Strange pain in hip/back/groin?

    Hey guys just after some opinions on a strange pain that I've had in my flank back and groin for about a year now...

    I recall recall relaxing at home when I first felt a twinge type pinch in my right loin area about 12 months ago. The pain was localised to this area for about about a week and I just thought it would sort itself out but it then started to 'spread' back upwards towards my hip and lower back area. I started freaking out a bit I have to admit and thought I had something seriously wrong (Iam a worrier).

    Anyway with all the stress and anxiety I made myself ill..very ill. I had flu type symptoms for a short while and loads of neausea for literally weeks. My body just seemed to be shutting down. I couldn't stop researching my symptoms on the Internet and that probably fuelled my anxiety.

    During the early stages I docs had varies theories and I was sent for various tests. Water tests (suspected UTI), all sexual health tests twice (to rule it out), blood tests (general precaution), ultrasound (suspected hernia), physical examinations (to search for anything obvious) - ALL NEGATIVE.

    So 12 months down the line here's where I'm at with it all..I generally have a constant dull pressure type cramp in my pelvic loin and lower back area. Id describe the pain ranging from 2/10-6/10 on the scale. The pain is worse when driving or sitting at my desk. Exercise is often the only relief but the pain soon returns. I've found all the standard meds to be ineffective (paracetamol, ibro, aspirin).

    I don't have any problems going to the loo but sometimes I feel very slightly better once I've emptied my bladder.

    The obvious theory the docs have come up with is some form of trapped nerve. I have had a pinching type pain in my elbow before now due to suspected trapped nerve in my neck. I have poor posture at times. However I'm really not sure if a trapped nerve can cause this type of pain plus i visit the gym regularly and things haven't improved.

    Does anybody have any other theories?.. I'm looking at things like sciatica, cystitis and tumours - basically scaring the hell out of myself. I've never had a CT scan or MRI scan because my doc doesn't tend to take me seriously. I take a slight bit of comfort In the fact that I've had an ultrasound in the hernia area and they also checked for a kidney stone. Thankfully that revealed nothing but I can't help wondering if something was missed.

    Basically I'm quite depressed living in constant pain which is why I'm asking for any theories you guys may have. By the way I'm 33 and in otherwise good health and keep fit. I'm not overweight, don't smoke or drink to excess. Any ideas welcomed before I return to my doc.

     
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    Re: Strange pain in hip/back/groin?

    The Hi Stphilly, I can relate because I am a chronic back pain patient. I'm sorry but I don't understand the term pelvic loin. However on your back on each side there's a slight dimple between lower back and top of buttocks and just under that dent there's a place called the sacroiliac joint and it can really hurt when inflamed and it's very common in all ages of adults. The pain can catch, make you cry out or can be a constant ache and pain with driving and after sitting long periods is common. A spine orthopedic or neurosurgeon can diagnose this without imaging usually and its commonly treated with a trigger point injection that contains a steroid and a numbing medicine. Since I'm not sure of where pelvic loin is there is also a muscle called the piriformis and the psoas muscle that when irritated or spasming can really cause pain and physical therapy usually has special exercises they teach that help. If this pain is in the front by hip or pelvic bones, the bones that protrude in the lower abdomen in front on the left is the sigmoid colon and on the right is the appendix. Would you please give a more detailed description of where the pain is ? I've had back problems for years and MRI's are very beneficial to help the dr find the pain source but I'm not sure if you are just having back pain. Also it takes a lot of patience and persistence sometimes to find the pain generator but I have had very good luck with spine specialist neuro or ortho drs. Thanks!

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    Old 02-16-2015, 03:15 PM   #3
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    Re: Strange pain in hip/back/groin?

    [QUOTE=gmak;5345706]The Hi Stphilly, I can relate because I am a chronic back pain patient. I'm sorry but I don't understand the term pelvic loin. However on your back on each side there's a slight dimple between lower back and top of buttocks and just under that dent there's a place called the sacroiliac joint and it can really hurt when inflamed and it's very common in all ages of adults. The pain can catch, make you cry out or can be a constant ache and pain with driving and after sitting long periods is common. A spine orthopedic or neurosurgeon can diagnose this without imaging usually and its commonly treated with a trigger point injection that contains a steroid and a numbing medicine. Since I'm not sure of where pelvic loin is there is also a muscle called the piriformis and the psoas muscle that when irritated or spasming can really cause pain and physical therapy usually has special exercises they teach that help. If this pain is in the front by hip or pelvic bones, the bones that protrude in the lower abdomen in front on the left is the sigmoid colon and on the right is the appendix. Would you please give a more detailed description of where the pain is ? I've had back problems for years and MRI's are very beneficial to help the dr find the pain source but I'm not sure if you are just having back pain. Also it takes a lot of patience and persistence sometimes to find the pain generator but I have had very good luck with spine specialist neuro or ortho drs. Thanks![/QUOTE]

     
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    Re: Strange pain in hip/back/groin?

    Thank you very much for this reply. I appreciate it. The site of the pain is difficult to put my finger on. It can be anywhere from the right side if my groin, up towards the pelvis (the area I have described as my loin) and then into my back. Ive noticed when I'm driving or sitting the pain located more in my flank. When I'm standing or lying it's usually worse In my groin (where you would expect a hernia injury to occur) or my back. I've been researching my symptoms a lot and SACROLITIS is one of the conditions that came up so I'm glad you mentioned it. I will suggest this to my doc when I go back and I'll be requesting an MRI. Can you recomend any at home medication that would take the edge off? Ive tried the usuals and none seem to have any effect. It's so frustrating and really interferes with my quality of life.

     
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