Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

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Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Karou » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:31 am

Hiya,

When I was still going through tests to rule out other possibilities for my problems I was told I had tendonitis and they gave me a steroid injection on both sides. It took away some of the pain but it only lasted a month and returned with vengeance.

My GP gave me a better version of this injection after the required time between them had passed and the same thing seems to have happened. I agree with him that this one lasted longer (about 3 to 4 months) but it never takes away the pain completely and so far I've been unsuccessful with my requests to consider these for my excruciating lower back pain.

After some research I'm convinced that my sacroiliac joints are causing the additional trouble but the rheumatologist didn't want to see me again and the neurologist didn't get back to me so far. (i will be phoning them next week to ask if there is an update from when I saw them in June)

I was wondering if anyone else is struggling with a similar problem and what could you advise for pain management? I live off tramadol, ibuprofen, paracetamol and I use my tens and heat pad or ice on a regular basis but it's just not enough and the pain keeps me awake or wakes me up.

I also have a new pain which comes in waves and feels like some knife is stabbing me in my hip and lower back. If I could, I'd stay in bed all day but that's not good for me either, it just hurts so much to walk or move.

Any advice would be welcome. :cry:

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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby animeemo3 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:58 am

i get something similar. when I'm sat on a sofa/chair/bed ect i get very horrible stretching/pulling pain in my hips (usually the side that isn't touching whatever I'm sat on if that makes sense). not sure if this is the same as your problem (haven't seen a doc about this, maybe i should) but the one thing i do that helps a lot with the hip back thing, is to get a v-shaped pillow and position it so the 'arms' of the v are either side of your hips and the main part is underneath of your legs. it kinda helps keep my hips and legs from turning outward (which is why i get the pain) plus it's comfy too lol it reeeeally helps when i lie in bed too (cannot stand to be lying flat, excruciating back pain that makes me almost suffocate because i inadvertently hold my breath to get rid of the pain :cry: )
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby SchroedingersCat » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:18 am

This sounds like my main FM pain, it's with me every day while the others come and go. Checked out by rheumy, neuro and physio - there's nothing wrong with me, it's just the FM in my case.
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby kazza65 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:45 am

Hi all ......


Just reading this post it so does remind me of the night from hell i've just had..

Firstly took my amitriptyline at 9.30pm by 10.30 i was ready for bed but hung on to 11.30 whilst the hubby was ready for bed. i got in bed as usually with my body pillow and off to sleep i drifted then at about 4.30 i was woken by the most horrible pain i've had for a while.

My leg was throbbing, my hip was doing the same but my back had spasmed my poor husband was sat massaging my back whilst i rubbed my leg. Then when the pain had subsided i laid back down with my body pillow, due to the after effect s of the pain in my back and leg and hip i could dropped back off so i'm thinking today is gonna be a long day.

I don't know whether to up my amitriptyline for tonight (sat) and Sunday night then mention this to my doctor and Monday when i see him.

I know i can't have another night like last night otherwise i will be like a bear with a sore head.

Thanks for listening to me winge on somebody else's post.

Karen xxxxx
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Smurfy » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:11 pm

Hi all,

I too have terrible pain in my hips and lower back. I do have a long term chronic back condition but the hip pain is fairly recent. My GP thinks I have Trochanteric Burstitis an gave me injections which help for a while. I take Amitriplyne and Gapentin, but the best relief from the hip pain is co-codamol. If you can bear it I find ice packs on my hips help too.

Keep smiling :)
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Karou » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:02 pm

Hi all,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and advice. Sorry to hear you're in pain too and I hope that today is one of the better days.

I've had a letter from the hospital today turns out I have damage to my intervertebral disc between L5 and first sacral vertebra. They also said I have narrowing of the nerve root exit canal on both sides , slight damage to the vertebra and it might be slipped forward. (The bone, not the disc).

Considering I'm only 33 I feel I'm a bit young for this but my mum had it quite early in her neck. My neck only does show normal wear and tear.

I didn't have any accidents and now I'm worried about spondylitis as that was mentioned as one possible cause on the web.

I know you're no doctors but maybe someone here has any idea? I'm just pretty scared right now as the letter said maybe surgery could be anoption.

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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Denbev » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:45 pm

if they offer to do a spinal fusion op seriously think about it first+do plenty of research as i had it done 3yrs ago+was led to believe it would get rid of my pain+ive got so much worse since the op+wasnt told that it would restrict me so much more in my movement+i was 36 ive since have so many people say they wudnt av done the op on someone so young!!!
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Karou » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:25 pm

Hi Denbev,

Thank you for your answer.
I'm sorry to hear the op didn't help you as you were told. I can only imagine how it must feel. Sending you lots of gentle hugs.

Did they give you any explanation for the problem? I'm wondering if physio might help. A friend also said try osteopath but I feel it's wrong as the bones are damaged. Again, I'm getting frustrated with hearing from friends "oh yes I've had this and it's where you get this and that..." sigh

They don't understand it seems. Which is why I'm glad to be able to talk and ask for advice or experience here.

I know everybody is different but were you offered anything else? I'm going to do some research because I'd like to be as prepared as possible and know what options might be there plus what is good and bad about them.

Should've done that with my gallbladder surgery I guess. It's nowhere near what you're going through but I know I wasn't expecting too much trouble. How wrong was I. :facepalm:

Thanks again for sharing.

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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Sue1968 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:16 pm

Hi

Sorry you are having these problems, I'm having exact issues as well, I have been given naproxen instead of ibruprofen, I also am having long term acupuncture so I find that combination helps. I've also just purchased a memory foam mattress topper, I got it for under £50 from eBay they do sell them brand new and I certainly wouldn't get anything like a mattress topper 2nd hand. I recently bought an electronic bed, that was 2nd hand but does the trick with fabulous results, have you tried a memory foam mattress topper? In box me if you'd like to chat
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby SuzyVB » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:22 am

I often suffer with this & I find the only way to relieve the pain is to lie on my back with two or three pillows under my knees and let my legs fully relax. It's awful and I always struggle as I normally sleep on my tummy but it is the only thing that helps
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby SukiTills » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:19 pm

I too get this. have had x-rays on my hip which was normal. seen a back specialist who put it all down to me being overweight and unfit - even though my back pain was the first thing to begin giving me problems back in 2004 - long before i was so overweight or unfit. Now its returned with a vengeance and hurts every day. I now take oromorph to help and go to bed with a hot water bottle on my back every night. Its the worst thing as i now have trouble using my walking stick because it causes more pain in my back and i need the stick otherwise my knees swell up and become too painful to walk on. Every year it seems i get something new to add to the list and so my life becomes more and more restricted all the time. I hate it.
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Karou » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:44 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

SuzyVB, I've tried the pillows under the knees but they make it a lot worse for some reason. When they did my scan I had one and I knew what would happen so I asked if I had to. They said it would make me feel good as it relaxes the muscles but they ended up having to lift my upper body into a sitting position after because I was in tears and could not do it from pain.

After reading I thought maybe I should try again but as you mentioned sleeping on your tummy (I do that) I put one under my lower stomach. Not a huge difference but it does help. :-D Wouldn't have thought of that before.



SukiTills, could you maybe ask for another scan or MRI scan? I was told not all problems can be seen on x-ray. I feel for you, it's so frustrating when you're on pain and want answers. They will always go on about weight it seems. Of course it can cause problems and the person I saw commented as well but even slim people can get problems. I truly hope you can get help.

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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby SuzyVB » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:03 pm

Hmm maybe I'll try one under my lower tummy that way I could sleep on my tummy & still help
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby bridesmum » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:01 am

I have horrible back pain and have asked my doctor several times for an x-ray but her reply is always" there's nothing we can do for back pain so there's no point in x-raying your back" I wonder though if my back pain is due to my fibromyalgia, it could be arthritis or a damaged disc. Does anyone have pain either in their upper back or around their ribs when they breath?
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Re: Stabbing pain in my hips and lower back

Postby Karou » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:58 am

Yes I get pain between my shoulder blades area and my ribs feel sore. Haven't asked my GP about this yet but I've seen costochndritis mentioned here. It might not be that but I've looked it up online and seems quite common with Fibro. :-|

Not a great reply from a doctor, I know many people get back pain at least once in their life but pain that stays with you and is enough to ask a doctor should (imo) be investigated.

I was given exercises for stretching and strengthening my back when I first mentioned back pain. They made it worse and that's when they decided to do an MRI. Not sure what to suggest but could you see someone else for a second opinion?
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