Horrible Pain On Both Sides Of Upper Legs While Sleeping

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drjimmy
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   Posted 1/19/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Is this familiar to anyone? While I'm sleeping on my side, I get intense pain on the upper leg/hip area...Right at the level of the buttocks, but on the outside of the leg. It wakes me up and forces me to turn over to the other side. Then withing a short period of time, I get the same pain in the same location, on that side which again wakes me up. I have to keep turning back and forth throughout the night. Sometimes it hurts on both sides and I try sleeping on my back, but the pain usually prevents me from falling back to sleep for long. The pain is so severe, and my sleep is so disrupted. Does anyone else suffer this type of pain at night?

Jim1969
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   Posted 1/19/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
One possibility is that your spine is going out of alignment enough to pinch a nerve when you are sleeping on your side. Another possibility is that the same thing is happening but with a blood vessel cutting off some circulation. I am sure there are others but those two are what pop into my head first.

Try putting a pillow in between you legs. That may help with alignment issues.
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   Posted 1/19/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
drjimmy, long time no see. Sorry you are going thru this and has your doctor done any nerve testing to see what's going on and to pinpoint it better. Maybe it's time for some updated mri's as well, good luck and well wishes to you and I hope you get a low pain day soon.
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drjimmy
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   Posted 1/19/2010 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions Jim...Charteux, thanks for the hug...Yeah it's been a while since I've posted here. How have you been feeling? I'm about to get another MRI of my Lumbar and also on both knees, as well as a new EMG so I can see some neurosurgeons for a fresh look at things. My pain is worse than ever and I'm pretty sure I have torn cartiledge in my right knee (The knee formerly known as my good knee). Anyway, thanks for the welcome back. Take care and stay out of pain.
Herniated Lumbar Disks L5 S1, L2 L3
Herniated Cervical Disks C6 C7
Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Arthritis Left Knee
Pes Planus Both Feet
Multiple Neuropathies
Brachial Plexus/Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Nerve Pain in Arms, Hands, Back, Legs, Feet, Groin, Testicles


bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/20/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
An MRI of the lumbar spine was gonna be my suggestion. I have the same issues with the pain going across my lower back into the hips. I've had fusion already & mine is caused from the facet joints now, pretty much plain old osteoarthritis is causing bone spurs to form. Let us know how all of your testing turns out.

One thing I would suggest is to get copies of all of the radiology reports to keep for yourself. In the future if you should have to file for SSDI or whatever it is nice to have these on hand.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


drjimmy
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   Posted 1/20/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jag...I always keep copies of all diagnostic tests, operative reports, etc. I'm already on SSI, but I know that it's important to keep a paper trail. My pain doctor told me, after looking at my last MRI that I should be operated on, but in the past, the doctors I saw recomended against surgery. If they had to live with my constant agony, they would feel diffently. I'll keep you posted, thanks.
Herniated Lumbar Disks L5 S1, L2 L3
Herniated Cervical Disks C6 C7
Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Arthritis Left Knee
Pes Planus Both Feet
Multiple Neuropathies
Brachial Plexus/Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Nerve Pain in Arms, Hands, Back, Legs, Feet, Groin, Testicles


bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/21/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Jimmy, I just noticed on your signature that you have nerve pain in several areas. Are you taking Neurontin or Lyrica for nerve pain?

If you have herniated disc at 2 levels of the lumbar spine which you state, I'm not surprised you are having pain in your hips.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


solar powered
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   Posted 1/21/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Jimmy. You may be having bouts of hip bursitis. It can be quite painful which I know from personal experience. Some things may help such as physical therapy, ultra-sound, massage, heat and stretches. Cortisone injections may be helpful also. My hip bursitis came about from the gait changes I experienced after my knee surgeries. A change in one thing can sure make a mess of other places on our body also and that's what happened to me. I hope you can find some relief and very soon. Lisa
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drjimmy
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   Posted 1/21/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag, I've tried neurontin & lyrica before. Lyrica didn't help and caused me to get dizzy. Neurontin didn't help either, but thanks. Lisa, hip bursitis, huh? sounds reasonable, I'll have to check with my doctor when I see him next time, thanks. Are you still having chronic pain? Jim, btw I noticed that you had torn meniscus. Did you have the knee operated on? How did it work for you? I've had many operations for knee problems that all started with torn meniscus.
Herniated Lumbar Disks L5 S1, L2 L3
Herniated Cervical Disks C6 C7
Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Arthritis Left Knee
Pes Planus Both Feet
Multiple Neuropathies
Brachial Plexus/Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Nerve Pain in Arms, Hands, Back, Legs, Feet, Groin, Testicles


Alcie
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   Posted 1/21/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Jimmy -

Are you taking any meds? Lots of pain meds cause clonic spasms - the beginning of seratonin syndrome. I've had this even with tramadol.

Look up the side effects of anything you take. Also check to see if you are taking anything on the list of seratonin syndrome drugs. Sometimes two together will cause it, and if you stop one the problem goes away. Or maybe you can just cut the dose. That worked for me.
Alcie
 
 


golitho
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   Posted 1/21/2010 3:25 PM (GMT 0)   
Hi Jimmy, I also suffer from hip bursitis, are your hips hot to touch? Can you feel fluid or swelling around them? These are the tell tale signs of it. You're describing the exact location and symptoms of it, but with all your nerve pain and disc problems I'd say its more likely to be back related.

Goodluck with the MRI, hopefully it'll show up exactly what is happening for you. When do you have it?

Best wishes, golitho

Alcie
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   Posted 1/21/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Jimmy -

I also meant to mention the possibility of sciatica. A pain doc or rheumatologist can diagnose that and usualy stop it with a shot of depomedrol.
Alcie
 
 


solar powered
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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Jimmy, for the most part my hip bursitis isn't an issue any longer. It took awhile but so much better than it was. I go to a chiropractor who specializes in treating/rehabbing orthopedic type problems like that. He does ultra-sound, active release technique, graston, interferential, etc. I wish I could clone him and give you all a copy. Besides the sleeping on it being painful, I also had pain in that hip area when walking. That sometimes is a slight problem but also much improved. I can go many minutes at a decent pace before I start to feel it with activity. With all your other issues I can see how it would be easy to assume that it was back related but I think maybe you should ask your doctor about the possibility of bursitis. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it is since that should be way easier to manage than anything spine related. Take care and I hope you get some sleep tonight. Lisa
If I can laugh at it, I can live with it.


bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/22/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
People talking about chiroprators made me remember something. Before my lumbar fusion I was always having hip pain but mine was when walking. I went to the chiroprator and he measured my legs. Here, one leg was longer than the other. I started wearing a slight lift in the heel of my shoe and it really helped. After my fusion I went back just to have my legs measured and sure enough they were even. The misalignment of the spine can cause alot of problems.

Hope this helps!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


straydog
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   Posted 1/23/2010 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Jimmy I get bursitis in my left hip and when its really flaring I can hardly walk. I had it for a very long time and the drs ignored me and finally I raised such a ruckus I got their attention, voila came the bursitis dx. An injection of steroids usually will take care of it. I cannot tolerate steroids so we did some trigger point injections of toradol and I finally got some long waited relief. Now when the hip pain starts kicking up I take Mobic. It works fairly well and does not cause gi issues, something I surely don't need aggravated. Take care and let us know how you are doing.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


drjimmy
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   Posted 1/25/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag, many years ago a physical therapist told me that one of my legs was longer than the other. No doctor ever said anything else about it and I actually forgot about it until I just read your post. I have inserts for both feet, but they are for flat foot. I wonder what role, if any, the difference in length has to do with my ongoing problems?
Herniated Lumbar Disks L5 S1, L2 L3
Herniated Cervical Disks C6 C7
Spinal Stenosis
Degenerative Arthritis Left Knee
Pes Planus Both Feet
Multiple Neuropathies
Brachial Plexus/Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Nerve Pain in Arms, Hands, Back, Legs, Feet, Groin, Testicles


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/25/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
 
   Dear Jim,
 
        Good afternoon. My name is Dani and it is a pleasure to meet you. Please excuse my tardiness in welcoming you (back?).
 
        I am sorry you have so much pain in your life. Very sorry to hear you are unable to sleep do to pain. I too, have that problem. I am usually exhausted so I do go right to sleep, but wake endlessly through the night.  My hips, shoulders and back ache with a sickening relentlessness at night. It seems there is very little to combat this problem save for meds and injections at this time in my case. Hopefully, you will be able to atttain better long term treatment solutions once your testing is completed. :-)
 
       I wont chat endlessly, but it was very nice to meet you. I do look forwards to knowing you better as time goes by. Again, I am very sorry I didnt introduce myself sooner. I hope you can find some time to relax today.
 
*hugg*
  dani
 
 
 
        

 

 

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