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First of all, I'm a 45 year old female, so that much we don't have in common ;)

However, your story sounds somewhat similar to a situation I was having. About 1-1/2 years ago I suddenly developed excrutiating right hip pain, in the same general vacinity as you. This went on for quite some time, until one night when I got up to use the bathroom and my left hip suddenly had the same problem, however, it was so bad I nearly fell to the floor. I never felt anything like it - it was a searing, intense feeling. I couldn't barely walk for days and finally went to see an orthopedist. To make a very long story short - I was sent for an MRI. Like you - no arthritis showed up. MRI looked perfectly normal. All blood tests came back normal as well. But, I still was nearly incapacitated by the pain.

I was put on VIOXX for a while, which worked but it gave me stomach problems. At this time, I also switched doctors, as I felt that the doctor I was seeing was not responsive enough (I had some other problems as well, back related, etc.)

The new orthopedist put me on Arthrotec (similar to VIOXX, same family of meds) and, a small dosage of Neurontin, for the nerve related pain. Slowly, the pain disapated and at this point is non-existant.

I still am baffled what caused the hip pain. It was like nothing I'd ever experienced before. If you asked me to rate it on a scale of 1-10, I'd say 10 for sure, and I'm no wimp when it comes to pain. What was it's origin? Was it coming from the back problem (I was diagnosed with a genetic narrowing of the spinal column which leads to nerve compression as you age) or; is it possible that there is arthritis involved, of some sort, but not picked up yet? I don't know - I never got an answer. All I know is for now I am painfree for the most part (now, after I have my surgery for a torn meniscus in my right knee I should be perfect...but I digress).

I guess I just want to say there is some hope for you. Finding a good doctor who will listen to you is key, so is finding a good pain reliever and hopefully it shouldn't have to be narcotic based, as it is difficult to go thru life like that, and you are still so very young. Keep trying to find someone to help you, and keep researching everywhere you can, it is possible you might come upon the answer on your own. I didn't but did find a great doctor in the search.

Good luck!
Laurie