vise-like grip in hips,legs,low back and shoulder?

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hotchaitogo
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   Posted 9/18/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been having pain in my hips for 4 years now. Within the last 2 years the pain moved down thru my left leg all the way to foot. And it has been affecting my low back as well. Just within the last 6 months it has moved to my right hip and has now spread to right knee. (not at foot yet) I have been seeing a regular Dr. and we have tried ultrasound and laser therapy. (did not improve) finally had a steroid injection in most painful place on hip. Helped about 50% so I could sleep, but has worn off and seems more painful then before. shakehead (Besides it didnt help the deep pain in the joint of hip or back.) What is weird is that now my right shoulder to my elbow is having same pain. I go for an MRI on my low back this Monday. The pain hurts worse when I try to sleep at night and sit in a chair. When walking, it seems to subside. A little history, I have had 5 car accidents with one causing herniated disks in neck. Another compressed my lower L4 or L5 (cant remember) vertabrae about 23 years ago. Also, just to throw out there the blood work for the CEA test has risen over the last 3 years. Not much, just a little higher every test. They did a colonoscopy again but this time didnt find any polps. And I was told I have a Vitamin D deficiency so I have been on 4000 units a day for past 8 months. (I get in the sun every day, so not sure why I am low.) Sorry this is so long but didnt want to leave anything out. Thank you for any ideas. :-) Oh, LOL , and my left knee pops out of joint very easily.Although very painful I can usually snap it right back in. Thanks again.
Gina

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   Posted 9/18/2011 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask for a chircopractor and medical massage therapist. I swear by them. It could be tense muscles, tendons, bone spurs, etc, etc.
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 9/18/2011 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh mods, that was off my personal experience. I get that, and I have a bone spur since I was in a car accident.
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hotchaitogo
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   Posted 9/19/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
I did my MRI today but will not know anything for a few days. I will bring up the medical massage therapist to my Dr. I have not tried that. I wish I could get an instant fix. LOL. I am already 41 and really dont want to feel older then I am. So I will try anything. What about acupuncture?? Has anyone tried that on something litke this?
Thank you for your suggestions.

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   Posted 9/20/2011 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Yea I tried acupuncture. I had more pain from it, than help due to fibromyalgia. I did respond to accubeads though. Its like itsy bitsy (oh man now im thinking of spiders LOL) beads with tape in your ears. Chiropractor can adjust your body around. Medical Massage therapist will hurt like a di***** but help in the long wrong. Was your MRI full body? I have a friend who just found out they have a collapsed spinal cord. You also can have one leg shorter than the other. Inflamed muscles, tendons. Im trying to think of everything...
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   Posted 9/20/2011 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gina and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but so sorry that you have to be here. Having pain all the time just wears a person out.

I am glad to hear that had the MRI done on your back. A lot of the symptoms that you have described sounds a lot like it could be possibly caused from problems with your back. It is common for someone with a back problem to experience pain into their hips and have pain into their legs too. So, having the MRI was a good thing.

Its the same with your neck, neck problems can cause pain into the shoulders and pain in the arms and even hands and sometimes fingers will go numb. its the nerve paths in our bodies that follows these areas.

I would not jump into any chiropractic treatments until I know the results of my MRI. Many times people with bulging discs or herniated disc end up in worse shape after having chiropractic treatments, meaning it can cause more harm than good. If its a musculur type of problem then it may be an option. If you are using health insurance for your care most of them put a limit on how many treatments a person can have.

Chiropractors tend to set up treatment programs for patients that cost a person an arm and a leg, several thousands of dollars for something like 30 visits. How does a chiro or anyone know its going to take 30 visits to get someone well????

When I worked as a paralegal I saw this all time and it really makes a person wary of these guys. The old school chiropractors many did help a lot of people, but those guy used their hands, they did not rely on expensive useless equipment. They used their hands, thats what chiropractic care is suppose to be about, not a machine he owes $100,000.00 on and he is passing the cost of that machine off to the patients.

If you are comfortable with the care you are getting from your PCP then, I would certainly stay there. If not, then perhaps asking to be referred to a pain mgt dr may be something to think about.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard. Please let us know what you find out about your MRI. Take care.
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hotchaitogo
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   Posted 9/20/2011 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the welcome! This is the only forum that I asked for help and got it. Great suggestions and advice. I think I am more afraid the MRI will show nothing, then something. I can work with..something. I think the MRI was only for the lower back. I laid there for only about 20 minutes. (it was so painfull trying to be still on that surface for that long, it took me several minutes to walk right.);-) I think I am going to ask for a referral to a specialist. Having a leg shorter then the other did cross my mind too, SmurfyShadow. Maybe a specialist can test for that. Thanks so much!! When I find out results I wil be back on.
I also read where accubeads help promote weight loss...I could use a little of that.

Gina

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   Posted 9/22/2011 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Gina Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, I think you have gotten some excellent advice, I would hold off on getting any treatments, till after you get the results of your MRI! What you describe, sure sounds like nerve root impingement, and if it is, then  the MRI should definitely show it.  Anyway I am sure if there is some thing there your Doctor will refer you to the appropriate specialist. But just to be on the safe side, I would go to the Department where you got your MRI and request a copy of the MRI and radiologist report.  You will probably need them anyway if you are referred to another doctor. If your not referred, and your still having problems and your radiologist report indicates a problem they you have the copies you will need to go for a second oppinion.
 
The pain in your shoulder going down to your elbo could also be caused by the disks in your neck, I was having severe pain in my elbow down to my hand ( just like when you hit your crazy bone really hard) and the pain would just not go away, and it was caused by a herniated disk in my neck at C-6/7 I ended up having to have a disectomy and fusion there, and then again at C-5/6 just above it  twenty some years later. So please be careful and keep a close eye on your pain in your shoulder and arm and definitely talk to your doctor about it. With your car accidents you definitely might have a problem.
 
I do wish you all the best and hope everything works out for you! Please keep us informed on how things turn out, ( you are family now here on healing well and we are really care about each other!)
 
Good Luck to YOU
 
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hotchaitogo
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   Posted 9/28/2011 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
confused   Okay, got the MRI results. They only took a picture of the lower lumbar spine where I said the old fracture was. The Dr. said everything looks good, there is no pressure on the nerves in that area. I wish they would have also did the hip area since that is where the pain started. nono I had a feeling nerves was not involved because I had the nerve pain in my arm from an old injury to neck. Had a herniated disk.  There is one more thing I did not mention before, which is kind of weird!  smilewinkgrin When I lie down on a flat surface and relax, my right foot falls over but my left foot stays upright. I have to push on it to move it but I stopped because it does hurt. (not bad, but enough) Could I have a tendon that runs from my hip down to my foot that is too tight? 24/7? Or something like that? What would cause that? I do streches at night, which makes me feel better anyway but does not change my foot. Years of that would cause pain!  My husband even said I walk funny. (HA HA) My left foot moves in some. I never realized this. I told my Dr. but he never looked at it or acted like that was something to talk about. (I brought it up twice) I like my Dr. BUT I wish I would be taken seriously.  Any ideas about that one?? You guys are great by the way!!
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