I have the same symptons that you have,so I really feel for you. I'm thinking of going to the doctor and finding out if this is all arthritis or if there might be something else along with it. I know I have spinal stenosis and I have arthritis in my hips, but don't understand the leg problems. I was sent to a pain doctor sometime ago and he had me do pool theraphy. That did help some. I think I may need a more thorough exam. I'm 78 so thats part of the problem. Hope they find out whats causing your pain and can relieve it for you. The best Dee
The pain does start in my hips and goes all the way down. Sometimes I feel like its my bones that are aching. I don't have any swelling. The sharp pains that I have are in my hips when I bend over. I do plan on seeing my doctor and getting a physical. He is very good about recommending a specialist. Hope you are feeling better. The Best, Dee
HI Melanie, I can certainly relate to what you are describing. I had low back, hip, and leg pain for almost a year before I got diagnosed with severe lumbar central canal stenosis, DDD, and spondylosis. I also get large disc herniations on and off. If the pain is more sharp and radiating, it might be nerve pain. It's possible you might have herniations or some other kind of spinal compression where the nerves get impinged, hence causing sharp radiating nerve pain. I've had bad bouts of sciatca with pain going all the way into my foot and making it numb, my most recent bout of this caused me severe radiating nerve pain into both hips (front and back areas) and also radiated into both sides of my groin area. It was very difficult and painful to walk like this. Before my surgery, on top of sciatcia caused by the discs, I also had neurogenic claudication due to the stenosis. Stenosis, if bad enough, can cause not to be able to stand upright or walk for any length of time. The claudication is a deep, aching cramp-like feeling in the backs of the legs, most noticeable when you stand or try to bend backwards or when you walk. For me, the only partial relief I got was leaning on shopping carts and leaning forward while sitting. The claudication is caused by the nerves and blood vessels in the canal being compressed and/or almost cut off. So that is a possibilty....even one or more large herniations can cause your symptoms & also can cause muscle weakness. You just sound so similar to the way I was before I was diagnosed. Not saying you do have any of this but it's a possibility.
Make sure you tell that doc how long it's been going on, and tell him exactly what makes it hurt worse. Tell him everything you described below and anything else you can think of. If it's been going on for a while now, you might want to ask about getting an MRI done because an x-ray does not show the soft tissues (muscles, discs, etc..)