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HipPain radiating from L4-L5 Spondylosis

Started by gerrib on 08/13/2010 9:13pm

I have been diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis. I have had radiofrequency ablation procedures to help with the pain, however these have not helped. The pain that I have usually starts after standing for about 10minutes, and if I don't sit down, can quickly jump to an 7 or 8 on a pain scale. The pain starts in my right hip about 5inches from my L4L5 vertebrae(which is where they say I have the spondylosis). I have continual numbness of my right leg, especially from the knee to the ankle. Upon sitting, the pain subsides after a short time and I am able to get up and continue on. I have repeatedly asked my physicians why it hurts in the hip area, but not in my back. Generally, I am told that the pain does start at the spine and radiates outward. I find this hard to believe because the spine never hurts. At night, I cannot lay on my right side because of the dull pain from my hip. I have been researching this and find no mention of chronic hip pain associated with the spondylosis. Have you ever encountered this? At this point I feel I should try to find out if others know of this or experience it.

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like you, am seeking information on symptoms similiar to yours. I do not have the numbness but cannot lie on my side at night because that position causes pain. Was told, as you were, the pain is from the spine and given exercises that minimize the discomfort in daily movement, bu theset do not help with night discomfort. If I walk over two miles the pain then radiates up my spine and the buttock area pain level is hightened. I do not take any medication but when I have alot of discomfort that makes me unable to relax at night I take two ibuprohen. I hope someone will reply with additional information. You are the first I have found that has similiar discomfort. All I can say is that the rehab exercises which basically strengthen the core do help.

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I have just been diagnosed with lumbar spondylosis after suffering back pain for 10 years. Over the years it has gradually got worse to the point where it is severely painful all the time. I did have pain in my left hip as a result of this which got worse and worse and I also started to lose my balance about a year ago to the point that I have to use a stick to walk for support. I had one epidural jab and one in my hip in May but despite easing the pain slightly it has now come back and is in both hips as well as my lower back. I also have middle back disc problems too. It must be a common thing to experience hip pain as well as back pain. I never did find out why this is so but I too have the same problem at night trying to get comfortable turning over this way and that. I have been told there is nothing they can do apart from manage the pain. I have to take lots of different pain killers each day to try and curb the pain. So yes, there is a lot of hip pain. I didn't realise how disabling this condition is. Doctors seem to class this as an old age problem but I am only 47 and mine started quite a while ago. My consultant also said it was probably hereditary having several people in my immediate family suffering from arthritis and back problems. I am not overweight but I even lost a stone and a half to try and ease the pain but this hasn't really helped.
I hope this has been helpful.

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My husband was just diagnosed with this condition. He has arthritis in L2, 3, 4, 5 w/4&5 being the worst. He had an MRI yesterday. The Dr. said it was hereditary. He's out of work for one more week (this makes 3 1/2). His symptoms were similar to yours. He had numbness on the top of his right thigh and his pain came from his right buttocks. He's improved quite a bit with the help of Prednisone and the two cortisone shots did nothing. As for treatment, he's going to be fitted for a back brace for work. He also has to do more walking (after next week). He also is to do loose weights to strengthen his abdominal muscles. Another thing the Dr. said was to roll up a towel and put it under the small of his back and lay flat. That opens up the spine a bit. I hope you get along ok.

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I have heard of this because I am going through the same think I have an L4 spondy where I am not able to stand for a certain amour of time, the pain starts in my hip and goes down through my calf. I have a tough time going out shopping due to the pain although my most comfortable sleeping position is on my right side and I have not had numbness just tingling through the toes after I have had an adjustment. I hope this has helped that you are definitely not alone.

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Hi I've been in your shoes and have tried everything that my Pain Doc suggested. The facet joint shots, the RF, the trial spine stimulator, epidural the list is enless. I have even see neurologists for the pain that ran from the right hip to my toes. NOTHING could be found they said. I've been wearing a turtle shell which has helped my dics from slipping It's level 2 and it's stayed this way for going on 5 years. I live with this shell most of the day I'm constanly changing the shirt I wear under it because it get soaking wet. I'm on pain and muscle relaxer medication. This leaves my pain level at a 5 most of the time there are times when it is less and when it is higher. There are no answers I'd also would love for someone to tell me what is the cause. GL GB

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Since first inquiring about this spondylosis problem, I have decided that I am going to just have to live with the pain and discomfort. After a pretty bad bout last spring, in which the pain was almost unbearable, even with narcotics, my primary care provider suggested physical therapy as a means of strengthening the muscles in my back and legs. I worked with a PT for about 2 months, continued with my pool exercises, combined both the PT and pool for a pretty good combination of exercises that are strengthening my back. Learning to do the Pelvic Tilt was most helpful. The pain still comes after a while, but it is more tolerable or maybe I am just trying to focus attention elsewhere. I have only had one severe episode which required the use of Vicodin. I refuse to let this mysterious problem do me in, like the saying goes....."If you can't beat 'em, join em!"

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Ok i have an additional question in requard to this pain from the spondy. As I have mentioned I wear a turtle shell to stablize the disc from slipping more. The other day I was in so much pain and discomfort it was close to a 9 as forn the pain. I removed the brace and went to bed at 8ish. The following morning I couldn't even move the pain was that bad. It took my hubby and a phone call to my son to help me out of bed. Monday I phoned my pain doc no return call, called again Wednesday the pain wan't easing up and the meds weren't doing anything. Thursday Hubby called and DEMANDED to speak to someone. They told him can't you wait til the 31st she has an appointment then He laughed and said NO so they booked me to see him on Wednesday the following week. The drive was over an hour long, sat in the office for 2 more before being called and another 2 with one of his PA'S. NOTHING WAS DONE all they did was ask to rank my pain and then poked to see where it hurt. 3 times i jumped out of the seat. He left and i was thinking good i'm getting shots lol instead i was told that they think that the disc shifted and to go for x-rays to see what is going on. Today I was in so much pain it wasn't funny, with all the meds that i have not one gave me relief of any kind. I'm still waiting for a call. The pain in in my groin area on the right side along with the right hip and L-4 down . I'm packed with ice cubes now. Can't go to the ER because i signed the only this doctor can deal with my pain and medsGRRRRR. 6 more days to go any ideas I'm out of the ones that usually help me. OH YEA his last words were we may have to pour cement down your back and you'll be in a body cast for 9 months!!!!!!!!!! please anyone

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I have athritick spondolosrs and my hips back and neck are extreamly painfull my legs arms and hands go num the pain U described is the same as mine my right side is worst but the pain moves from place to place

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