Sharp pain, it's killing me!

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Potsie
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   Posted 5/21/2012 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
about a week and a half ago, I fell flat on my back. Now I'm having a sharp pain between my hip and buttock whenever I put weight on my leg on that side. What could it be?

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   Posted 5/21/2012 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Potsie, I hope you forgot to say I have an appt with my dr. Any kind of a fall like that needs to be checked out by your dr.. Better to be safe than sorry.

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   Posted 5/22/2012 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Potsie,  I agree with straydog you need to see a Dr. asap and try not to put weight on it until you know if you have any breaks or fractures. and ice, ice, ice until you see a doc.  sorry to hear about your fall that sounded like a bad one!   take care=)

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   Posted 5/22/2012 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to UCC(urgent care clinic) at Parkland hospital on Thurs. I'm going to request an MRI. Would that show what's wrong, or should I have another test run? Thanks for replying!!!

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   Posted 5/22/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Potsie, I was happy to read you are going to be checked out by a Dr. As for what test needs to be done I would think the dr who sees you will be able to say what is best. Where I live MRI's machines are scarce so there is waiting lists for up to a year and they cost a small fortune.
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   Posted 5/22/2012 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
MRi, CT (Cat scans) and Xray's are all good at spotting certain things and not so good at spotting others.

You can request all you want but I have serious doubts the doctor is going to order an MRI right off the bat if you have not had other images taken of the area since the fall.

Most likely the doctor is going to want a plain, everyday series of X-rays. Depending on what they show it is up in the air as to what he will want to do next.

There is also the insurance factor too. If you do have any kind of insurance they usually require less expensive imaging test first unless the doctor can truly justify skipping straight ahead to more expensive ones and to do that it usually means a time constraint and life and death issue.
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Potsie
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   Posted 5/22/2012 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have insurance, but I have a Parkland Assistance program. I only have a small co-pay to pay for any test. This hospital is test crazy. The only thing is, sometimes the waiting list is long. It's a government hospital. But, I'll do what they want to do. Whether it's xray, cat scan or MRI. If I have to wait, I don't know what they would do for the pain. It's really painful. Sometimes, I can barely walk.

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   Posted 5/22/2012 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree to get it checked ASAP and push for whatever tests you can. Insurance company red tape is horrific. I've been there done that.

Personally, I think making people wait for specific tests, and following insurance company protocol's on treatment (starting with basics and moving up as needed) sometimes makes things worse.

Having to follow my ins. co. protocol wasted 8 months of my life with back pain; had the MRI been done first, would have saved so much time & money going out in co-pays/meds that didn't work etc.!

So push for whatever you can get - as fast as you can gain access!

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   Posted 5/22/2012 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Unbearable! I'll do that. I'll post what I find out.

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   Posted 5/23/2012 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Walking is probably not the best idea, if/when you can avoid it. If it's a long wait to find out the source of your pain, but the pain continues to be severe/affect daily life then the Dr will probably prescribe you something to help with the pain.

The number one thing is not to make things worse if you have a break of some sort, so if putting weight on that leg is too much, that's your body trying to tell you something is really wrong and listening to it would be a good idea.

Please let us know what happens!

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   Posted 5/23/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks LexiRae. Unfortunately, the clinic I'm going to doesn't prescribe anything stronger the Tylenol 3. Which is a joke, cause it wouldn't come close to helping this pain.

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   Posted 5/23/2012 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm supposed to start taking Pregabalin. I have Sciatica in my right leg. This pain involves my left side. Should I wait to start taking that until I find out what's wrong here?

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   Posted 5/23/2012 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I would call the drs office that gave you the script and ask to speak to the nurse and ask this question. She should be able to answer your question.


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Potsie
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   Posted 5/23/2012 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea straydog. Thanks!

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   Posted 5/24/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I got an xray done today and it didn't show anything. Course, sometimes, xray doesn't pick up everything. I had a stress fracture in both of my feet once, and xray didn't show it, so I went to sports medicine, and it showed up. I know about how I feel, this is some serious injury. They told me to go to my primary doctor, and have her order an MRI. But, sometimes, you have to wait for weeks to get in to see her. So, am I going to have to suffer while I wait? I almost can't stand it anymore. cry

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   Posted 5/25/2012 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I called my PD and I'm waiting for them to call back.

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   Posted 5/27/2012 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
They never called me back. And, the pain is so bad, that I'm going to get a walker.

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   Posted 5/27/2012 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that Potsie....Unfortunately with the holiday weekend....Trying to reach them on that Friday was going to be tough....

I think the walker is a good idea. The one my mom has we got at Sams Club....it was a good investment of $130 as it's the heavy duty ones with the large 4 wheels....and has the breaks on it and a seat so you can stop and sit when needed.

Hopefully you can get a hold of them on Tuesday to get an appt. and maybe they can at least prescribe you something for pain until you can get the MRI...

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   Posted 5/27/2012 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry potsie that you are in so much pain. I use my walker and it helps me stay mobile and I have no fear of falling.
I am in Canada and I could have rented a walker from the red cross for a very low amount. I don't know if they do this where you live but it costs nothing to ask. My gf rented a walker, toilet rise, shower chair and it cost her 25.00 for 3 months. Again just an idea.
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Potsie
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   Posted 5/27/2012 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggestions. I already have pain meds that were prescribed for another problem, but they aren't strong enough for this pain. I have Parkland Health Plus and pay very small co-pays and don't pay a penny for tests. The only problem is that it's a public hospital(mostly for the poor) so you always get put on a waiting list. I'm afraid to become bedridden. It wouldn't surprise me if I have to wait for awhile. cry

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   Posted 5/28/2012 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Potsie for what condition was the Pregabalin rx'd to you? You never said thought I would ask. You mentioned stress fractures, as a rule they do not always show up immediately. I had this happened to my foot and it was three weeks after the accident before it finally showed up on an xray.

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Potsie
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   Posted 5/28/2012 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got symptoms of Sciatica in my right leg. My pain management doesn't believe in prescribing narcotics for chronic pain. Just meds like Pregabalin and shots. Also, chemo therapy. I haven't started the Pregabalin yet until I see what's wrong with my hip.

Also, should I use ice or warm on my hip?

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   Posted 5/29/2012 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Potsie, I am not a dr but I bet your dr will ok you starting the new medication, since it is being rx'd for a pain condition. It will not have any bearing on your hip. Matter of fact it hopefully will calm down your pain. I would try some ice since you have swelling, no heat while its swollen.

Take care....Susie
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Potsie
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   Posted 5/29/2012 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Susie, the swelling is in my salivary gland. No swelling in my hip, or my leg. I was asking if I should use ice or heat on my hip. I'll start taking the medicine. Thanks!

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   Posted 5/30/2012 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Potsie if you have inflammation in your hip then I would stay away from heat because it can aggravate the inflammation. You might want to try some ice and see if that helps.

Take care....Susie
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