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Back and Hip pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 18, 2006
  • 08:26 AM

I am a 19 year old female. At the age of 14 I told my mom that I was having very bad back pain. 6 months later when I was still complaining she tok me to a doctor. They told me that it was growing pains, and that it would go away in a few months. Around the age of 15 my hips also began to hurt, and I went to the doctor again. They took X-rays, MRIs bone scans... the only thing that showed up was a degenerative disk in my lower back, but they said that would not cause all of the symptoms I have been having. My lower back aches constantly, the muscles on either side of my spine spasm frequently, my hips ache and get sharp, shooting pains down to my feet. My legs and back go numb a lot, and it is very hard for me to find a position that is comfortable enough to fall alseep in. Can any one offer any insight into what might be wrong?
I would love any advice that I could get.
Katlin

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  • Hi,My MD said most hip pain is referral pain radiating from the back. I know it's depressing to be in pain, and when those spasms shoot through you - deargod, it is such misery. At this point, I have quit trying to find out why the pain, and focusing on managing/curing the pain. My back shows degenerative changes which is 'normal' with aging, and I also experience the hip pain. Currently I am on a very strict schedule of exercise - keeping the core muscles strong, and also doing alignment work. It seems to help some, - maybe around 30-40% better, which has been enough to improve my overall mood. Also, I take a joint/bone heath supplement with willow bark (aspirin). Western medicine does not have all the answers. Despite your pain, at your young age - it is a blessing to find that out now. Peace
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 06:12 PM
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  • i have pain like that too. I have had problems with a sciatic nerve in my back. A doctor told me that sometimes when it is pinched or twisted it can cause any sort of pain from ur back on down. I get the hip pain, and shoots down my leg when I have flares. Check into sciatia. Or ask ur doctor about it. It sucks to be in pain at any time, but especially when you are young and want to be able to do more :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2006
    • 11:16 AM
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  • i have pain like that too. I have had problems with a sciatic nerve in my back. A doctor told me that sometimes when it is pinched or twisted it can cause any sort of pain from ur back on down. I get the hip pain, and shoots down my leg when I have flares. Check into sciatia. Or ask ur doctor about it. It sucks to be in pain at any time, but especially when you are young and want to be able to do more :(Listen to this reply for sure. During the prgnancy with my daughter at age 27, I experiened the same symptoms. I went through all of the testing with the Neurologist. They told me that my sciatic nerve was pinched. I had pain in my tailbone, hips, the pain would schoot down my legs, I would also fall when I would all of a sudden lose the feeling in my legs which would occur directly after one of those shooting pains. The pain lasted for about 2 years. I had to go through physical therapy. It was only 6 months before getting better that they realized my sacrum was turned completely sideways. In other words flat on your back you would normally see a triangle shaped bone at the base of your spine, mine looked like a line. My tailbone was stabbing me in my but muscle. That was the cause of my tailbone pain. One leg had gotten significantly shorter than the other because of this. I still suffer on occasions from this problem, though I now know what steps to take to stop it from progressing. I know when the pain in my hips start which hip to place a rolled towel under and press down on while laying flat on my back to force my sacrum back into place. Sometimes my husband has to put all the pressure he can on one side while I lay on my stomach to make it go back. It hurts like heck while he presses, but if I don't deal with it early it will just get worse.Ask doc about sciatic nerve. Sounds alot like what I had/have.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 06:12 AM
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  • Hi, I have the same type of pain as all of you. I have found a chiropracter that does light laser therapy and what a difference!! Athletes use this when they are injured. The only problem is that it is expensive ($45.00 a session) and you need about 15 sessions for the pain to go away fully. However, each person is different. It really does work but it takes time. Good luck, Sandy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 09:36 PM
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