Severe hip pain while trying to sleep
I am a long time back pain sufferer, and totally disabled. My endurance is really short. In 2006 I had fusion of L4/L5. I take Oxy and Clonazepam meds daily. I have tried many other therapies, and I have sleep problems like RLS, PLMD, and insomnia, but I am trying to keep this description short.
Over the past year things have become frighteningly worse for my hip pain. There is an area on the side of both hips that just will not tolerate even mild pressure. That is, I cannot lie on either side without severe pain developing, and there is no way I can sleep after that sets in.
I have had to improvise various ways to suspend my hips off of my mattress. I have found that I can avoid the pain for a few hours by arranging sofa pillows under my body in such a way that it suspends my hips over my mattress. (It's really quite a sight to see.) Anyway, after about 3-4 hours this remedy causes severe pain in my entire upper back and ribs. By the time I have had 7-8 hours sleep, I have to force myself out of bed and rearrange my bed so I can apply heat to my back. It can take hours to recover from each night of trying to sleep.
Does anyone have any knowledge of what is happening to me?
Does anyone have any suggestions?
I intend to try to find another doctor.
Any ideas on what specialty they should be?
Do you have any questions for me?
Thank you for your help!