What the HECK??? My hips HURT!!!!

I am NOT a Dr. person. I think my Dr. is an awesome person, but only see him out of complete necessity. Well, that happened last week. I am 55 and my hips have been killing me. I mean REALLY killing me. The pain has progressed over the years. If I sit for any length of time, when I get up, I can hardly walk. When I get up in the morning they are awful. As I lie in bed & try to sleep they are awful. The pain wakes me up at times. Actually I walk like I have a corn cob stuck up my" you know what." It hurts really bad but after awhile it's like they warm up and the pain eases but never goes away completly. I had complained about the pain in my hands and my hips last year and the Dr. took xrays and said he was shocked by the amount of arthritis I had in my hands but my hips looked normal. I couldn't figure that out because they hurt so bad, anyway I went to the Dr. and told him I wanted an MRI on my hips, they are NOT normal, they hurt way too much. I had the MRI and went to see the Dr. yesterday for the results and he said my hips are NORMAL!!! No WAY!! Seriously, no stinkin' way!! They hurt terribly! Now I go back this Friday for another MRI on my back. He says there could be something wrong with my back that is making my hips hurt. Has anyone experienced the same thing??

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It sounds like you have a back problem, maybe with the disc in your back. It can cause hip pain. Good luck.
God Bless...Kathy

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Kathy,
Thankyou!! I honestly have never heard of something wrong with your back causing your hips to ache. I am dumbfounded as to why my hips hurt so darn bad. I walk like I'm 95 instead of 55....seriously! I HATE IT!! I hope you are right.

Hugs from Kansas
XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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Have you ever been checked for arthritis? My husband has degenerative disc disease in his back... also bulging disc..sometimes this can put pressure on nerves and pain will travel..he has a hard time walking and hip pain in the muscle which he has to have physical therapy for the hip muscles..Keep me posted and good luck..
Kathy

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Yes, I have arthritis. That's what I thought was wrong with my hips because of the pain and that once I got up & moved around the pain eases, just never goes away comepletely. I hope they find something Fri. on the MRI. I will keep you posted and thanks for your information and concern.

Melody

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I have TERRIBLE hip pain also. they say they cant find anything that would cause my hip to hurt so bad. I have arthritis in my back but they must not think thats the problem. I hope they find something on your MRI, I know how frustrating it can be. Hip pain is, in my opinion, one of the worst. Do you take any prednisone for your arthritis. Sometimes I think I have more hip pain after taking prednisone, wich is supposed to make it better!

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Hi Cheri,
No, I don't take prednisone. I have taken it before though. Did you have an MRI on your back or hips? Maybe if they find out what's causing mine it can also relate to you and then you can ask your Dr. about it. I hope so for your sake. This hip pain is awful. It doesn't happen "Just because." There HAS to be a reason whether it's arthritis, or your back or whatever. I will keep you posted and thankyou for caring.

Hugs from Kansas

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Wow Mellowdee, I am sure your hips are uncomfortable 'hurt', your corncob 'visual' makes that clear!!
I have not had this, in fact I had an Orthopedic tech. look me over, 'my hips are perfectly aligned!..but my knees hurt. I ended up with orthotics in my walking shoes. Apparently my legs aren't exactly straight! Just being off a little can make a difference and cause wear and tear, 'literally' on joints.
If we aren't aligned as created to be, oh boy there can be painful problems.
Now, I daily do stretching and lo impact exercises.
I am praying for you and the results of knowing...OK, what is the challenge! And for a solution to help you out of the problem/pain.
I ended up with a total knee replacement that was the best thing I ever had done. My R. was really out of alignment! My Dr. is a wonderful friend and Christian man. I stay awake so he can explain etc. I laughed so hard he had to stop the procedure when he said, Oh Oh, I got the foot going the wrong way!! A joke between us! Anyway, he really didn't, and the change he did make helped, but I still needed orthotics. Funny, I never realized that my R. leg was not straight.
Anyway, hope you've giggled at my situation and gotten some stress relief.

I am praying, please keep us posted about the findings. Being painfree is such a relief....I want that for you ASAP! Hugs from Mexico, Charlene :)

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Charlene,
You know I adore you!! You have really put the giggles in my steps today and I thankyou!!

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Yes, i started experiencing the same thing early this year and which is still on and off. Had an xray of lumbar Sucral spine but it could not pick the problem. The doctor further adviced an MRI of Lumbar Sucral Spine which showed that i had a lumbar disc prolapse in its early stages. Since then i have been on medication and can very well relate to what you are going through. I would advise/suggest you have the same MRI done so as to rule out the problem and incase its the one, to avoid any surgery as it can be managed through conservative treatment if detected in its early stages.

Am sure if you get an orthopedic surgeon, he will be able to assist you to the very end. Hope this will give you a sigh of relief and put back a big smile on your beatuful face.

Chao!!

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Thankyou,
Got the results from Fri.'s MRI and I have 3 bulging discs, 2 of which may be the culprits!! I do go see an Orthopedic Dr. on the 16th. Since you are on medication has it made your pain go away or at least minimized it? I also wish you the best.

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Hi Mellowdee,

Since i started medication, nothing much has changed. When i stop takings drugs even for a few days, the pain becomes unbearable. The doctor has now recommended physiotherapy sessions to see if that will make it much better. Please keep me posted on your progress. Have you started any form of medication? I wish you all the best and just know that you are not alone in this. God Bless You.

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No, I haven't started any meds yet. I go see an ortopaedic Dr. on the 16th. I sure hope he can help. I will keep you posted and thankyou for your concern. It has been awful cold & rainy here and it just about gives my hips fits so I hope he helps.

Hugs from Kansas XOXOXOXO

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Have you heard of a procedure called an arthrogram? You can get it done in your hip when you have an MRI. This procedure is used to get a better look at your hip to see if you have torn cartilage in your hip (torn labrum). A-Rod had this injury, if you are familiar with the Yankees. It could help you figure out what's going on with your hips. Good luck.

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Thankyou. No I have never heard of this but I will be discussing it with my Dr. How nice of you to tell me.
Thankyou Again

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Hi Mellodee, I have bilateral totao hip replacements, 5 and 7 years old . For years I had pain off and on in my hips and each time xrays were normal.It seems like the pain comes long before any actual damage can be detected on xray.As I said the pain was off and on but once it became constant that's when it revealed itself on film. Hang in there.Perhaps any medication that is given to you for your hands will also work on your hips.

Barbara

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Thankyou! Wow, it's too bad that the damage we may have going on in our hips doesn't show itself until it's too late and we need surgery. You'd think with all the new technology out there that this would be detectable. I'm so glad you are doing well and your hip replacements seem to be doing the job.
Once again, thankyou for your information.

Mellowdee

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Hi, The only advice I can give is advice I need to take myself. If I lost 40 lbs., I can't help thinking that there would be less hip pain. It's like having 4-10 lb. bags of potatoes on my hips. I just wish that I didn't live to eat.

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Hello! I'm 36 and I can relate. I have had horrible hip pain. My doctor finally did an MRI and like you found I've got back problems. I have a ruptured disc :( Anyway, I was able to get epidural steroid injections. What a wonderful invention :) You have to make sure that the person doing it uses x-ray to place the injection where it does the most good. I have had much relief from pain and more mobility. I will soon be getting another injection and as it's painful for a few days after I'm not looking forward to it but I am looking forward to the results. Here's hoping they find something for you soon!!

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