strong pain that is becoming very debilitating

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socks and pants
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   Posted 2/8/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a really strong pain that is becoming very debilitating; it is difficult to describe where it is but the pain is centered in-between my pelvis and my leg (the inner joint part!). I have had this for a number of years, normally a twinge which lasts for an hour every so often, however the past month I have been experiencing severe pain more often than not. I have made an appointment with my GP for next week, but I would like to have some probable explanation before hand

It has stopped me driving at times as I could cry by just going from the accelerator to the brake. If I am sitting then if I move quick then it causes a very very sharp pain that is causing me to cry out

straydog
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   Posted 2/8/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Socks and Pants and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am very glad that you found us but sorry to hear that you are having a rough time with pain. It just wears a person out, doesn't it. At least here you are not alone and every single person on this forum understands when you say you are in pain.
 
Of course none of us here are doctors and anything a member suggested as to what could be causing your problem would be speculation only. Honestly, I think the best thing we can do is wait until you see your dr next week to see what he has to say. I wouldn't even know where` to start guessing what may be going on with you. I will say 7 yrs with the same pain is a long time to let something go. I guess you have pretty much got use to it over the years. Have you ever had an injury to this area before? It could be arthritis or something else. I do hope you will let us know what the dr comes up with and what his plan of action is.
 
Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard. Please keep us posted on 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.


db11224
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   Posted 2/8/2010 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Socks and Pants
I also have a similar pain for over five years already. I am sort of getting closer to figuring out what is causing the pain. For the first few years I had pain going down my lower back, down my legs and into my feet. In more recent years it moved more towards my pelvic area. I recently had a spinal cord stimulator placed to help with the pain. It is sort of like a tens unit placed inside your body. I have been to so many doctors, including a pain specialist, pelvic pain specialist, many gynecologists and I have an appointment with a urologist in May. It used to take me at least two hours to even be able to move in the morning. I also have crohn's disease and have had many intestinal surgeries which could have added to the pain as well - possibly pelvic scar tissue. Through all my countless doctor appointments I have found it to so far be caused by pelvic floor disorder and I am thinking the bladder muscles for some reason are very tight. Between western medicine and some hollistic herbs, placement of the spinal cord stimulator along with some pelvic floor physical therapy things are getting somewhat better. I can move in the mornings. I am still in pain but it doesn't take me two hours to even be able to move. Painwise, I feel better in the afternoon and evenings rather than the mornings but I have hope that things will continue to get better. If you have any questions or ever just want to chat feel free to email me at bmeri@hotmail.com. I know how terrible this pain could be because it affects your legs which include driving and basically moving around! I hope you start to feel a little better and find doctors or at least some pain management techniques or medications to help you.

Take care,
Meri

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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Socks! We welcome you to the Chronic Pain forum! I'm going to hide behind Stray on this one, and don't have a clue as to what may be causing your pain, but db11224 might have a starting point for you to research. Lets see what the Doc has to say next week, and then please post a report back to us. We would love to follow you through this, and we always support our members here....so don't be shy, and let us know. Maybe your Dr will perscribe you a med to give you some relief until they can find out the cause of your pain.
The only thing that I'm concerned about, is that you have been living this way for the last 7yrs, and this is the first visit to a PCD? If in the future you encounter any type of medical problem that does not seem normal to you, I beg you to seek medical counsel right away. Keep your chin up, and we will be thinking about you, and again please let us know what they find. Good Luck to you! :)

Michael

socks and pants
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michael

this pain has only become this consistant in the last week. Prior to that it was happeninh once every few months and as I have little time to go to the doctors about myself it didn't seem enough to bother with as I knew that by the time I would have been able to attend an appointment it would have passed anyway. The past week though it has become constant and the pain level has raised from a 6 to a 9 (on a 1-10 scale)

PAlady
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Socks and Pants,
I also want to welcome you to the Chronic Pain forum of Healing Well. Like others have pretty much said, we really can't tell you the cause of your pain as it could be many things, plus we're not doctors here and can't give medical advice. But this is a great support group.

One thing that occurred to me would be to try to think of activities, etc. that you've done differently this past week that might have increased the pain. That might also be a clue for your doctor. It might be something that you do all the time, but maybe did more of - like driving a long distance. If you look under the CP 101 thread (first one at the top of the page) there are a lot of good resources, including a link to a pain journal. Keeping a pain journal even for a few days and taking it with you to your doctor may help him/her to figure it out, also.

Good luck!

PaLady

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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome!

As you already know, none of us are medical professionals but we can share experiences and opinions. I had no clue on this so did a bit of searching. What I did find is that there can be so many causes for this type of pain! Anything from IBS to diverticulitis, ovarian cysts, pinched nerve, menstrual problems, and the list goes on.... But you did the best thing by getting an appointment with your doctor.

If your pain is as unbearable as you described I would call the doctor back and explain the situation. You shouldn't suffer when you can at least get some relief from the pain until they can pinpoint where it's coming from. Ask if they can work you in or call if there's a cancellation. You might let them know that you are considering the ER for some help and that wouldn't be a bad idea anyway. You deserve some help with that sort of pain level and right away.

Please keep in touch,
Chutz
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   Posted 2/9/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi socks and pants. I have had very similar pain in my one hip joint to what you are describing. For me it often times seemed to depend on what position my leg was in. If my leg was rotated out and/or moving away from my body that was asking for trouble especially if the knee was bent at the time such as getting into my car, etc. For me the explanation that my chiropractor gave was that my hip joint is somewhat unstable or loose so the ball of the femur was hitting/banging the socket of the joint during those movements. I try to be more aware of what I'm doing with that hip and have changed the way I do certain things to avoid putting myself into those postures that cause me trouble. I hope you find relief very soon. Please keep us posted. Lisa
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socks and pants
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   Posted 2/9/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the replies - I can not see the doctor before next week due to work. In terms of keeping a log it is far worse when I am sitting and then move positions. Once I am on my feet and the initial pain has subsided then there is an aching and a slight twinge then as long as I stay on my feet it does go.

PAlady
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   Posted 2/9/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Socks,
Well, that at least gives your doctor something to start with. Have you tried using any heat or ice on the area to see if it helps? Sometimes if that does, it might be an indicator it's a tight muscle. That also sounds like the area of the SI (sacro-illiac) joint, but like Chutz said it could be so many things. I only know I took a back fall a few years ago and have a lot of pain issues, but one of them is related to when the ligaments in my SI joint loosen. It's kind of in the middle of your butt. My PT told me that when I fell I probably stretched the ligaments, and you can tighten them with some exercises, and I also sometimes wear an SI joint belt, but it still creates problems. But I have a great PT who figured this all out for me.

Try some OTC remedies, ice or heat, to see if that at least helps you get to your doctor appointment.

Good luck! And do read through the CP101 thread as it may give you some other ideas.

PaLady

socks and pants
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   Posted 2/18/2010 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
just came back form the doctors - he thinks its a femoral hernia. I have to have a scan. It's not painful at the moment thankfully

catahoula
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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome aboard socks and pants! Glad your doc was able to give you a place to start. Hope the scan reveals some good answers and a quick resolution for your pain.
hang in there
catahoula
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socks and pants
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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
from doing a lot of reading, it does seem that this could be the answer. My doctor did say this morning that if the pain occurs for more than 24 hours then I have to see him asap; since found out that this is due to it easily becoming strangulated as this is a high risk factor for this type of hernia and the amount of time I have more than likely had it.

PAlady
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   Posted 2/18/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Socks,
Glad at least you're beginning to find some answers, and I hope that leads to relief for you!

PaLady

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   Posted 2/19/2010 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope your able to find something conclusive from the scan. Take care and let us know what you find out!!
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