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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 5/22/2012 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all ~ I'm thankful to have found this site and hope to learn more as I spend some time reading!

April 6, I had a laminectomy L3/L4; with hardware. Did well through surgery. about 3 weeks ago left hip had an unfamiliar 'twinge.' Since then, it has become full bore PAIN and is relentless!

Last week I spent 10 hours in ER and received an injection (outside of hip) for bursitis.; from my surgeon who came in early that morning to treat me; but, guess what......IT HASN'T DONE A THING TO RELIEVE THE PAIN........

I totally limited my mobility for 4 days; and sat on ice packs as per Dr. instructions.

The pain meds are a joke - they may as well be M&M's......

Sleep is next to non-existent.....or if I am able it's constant wake up in pain / move / wake up in pain / move, etc.

Prior to my surgery, I had bursitis (same hip) for which Dr. gave me an injection. Due to the back issue I still had pain; so did the surgery now that part is fixed; but this hip pain is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life; and trust me, I am no wimp.

How do people cope when the pain is so unbearable? When it keeps you from doing simple activities such as walking - let alone - to keep a positive mind-set on life and getting better.........

Tonight I had a major meltdown - I just can't take it anymore. I put a note into my surgeon Sunday; he's been in surgery past 2 days and desperately awaiting a call with an appt. to see him this week.

I am constantly sitting in a recliner; with ice packs - walking causes some kind of 'clicking' - weight bearing is now being affected - and i can feel pain radiating into my buttocks - down back of my thigh - into my groin -

I FEEL LIKE SUCH A MESS...........sorry for the rambling......i just don't know what to do - or how to get anyone to understand the true nature that it's taking all I have to cope with this.....and I'm loosing ground fast.......

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   Posted 5/23/2012 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, first off...Welcome!'d be amazed at what you can be capable of handling when you have to. (That's physically and mentally.)

My hips dislocate from their sockets. It sounds like the ball of your hip joint might be "slipping" out of place slightly (hence the clicking sound) and that maybe you've caught or pinched a nerve/tendon.

When you've got inflammation/nerve involvement in the hip area it can cause the pain to radiate to all the places you described.

It also limits your flexibility/mobility. IE you're only able to move your leg so far and then there's a shooting stabbing pain; or it feels like your hip is "stuck"

When things get aggravated and inflamed, the only thing that really helps the pain is reducing the inflammation.

So an anti-inflammatory would probably be good for you.

Sometimes messing with one body part can affect another. If the procedure you had changed your gait or affected your walking patterns and mobility (which I'm sure it did) then that could be what caused your sudden hip pain.

Trust me...I know what you're going through...when my hips "pop" out of hurts like nothing else I've ever felt, and usually I end up having to try and get the ball to slip back where it should be by moving the affected leg etc. Usually I can do it myself or have someone else move my leg for me, but sometimes things don't always go back to feeling like they should, or in the process I pinch something, or aggravate things and have to deal with the pain for days afterward.

I use an anti-inflammatory to help treat the issue.

You will get through this, just hang in there. None of us here are wimps...but sometimes even we need a little help or encouragement, that's just being human.

My hips dislocating is actually the least of my issues...believe me when I tell you that if you just keep going, and keep waking up in the morning, things will get better, even if it's in ways you least expect when you least expect them

In my opinion, it's a lot easier for the body to deal with chronic pain, than it is for the mind. Staying positive is SO important, but it's SO hard sometimes. Keep your chin up, we're all here for you. Hopefully you'll get in touch with someone soon and they can give you a professional opinion on the issue.

Again, Welcome!!!

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   Posted 5/23/2012 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
omgosh you poor thing ..its not fair to get one thing fixed to end up in more pain than you started with ((hugs,hugs,hugs))) I hope your surgeon hurries up and calls you back ..its just wrong that your left to sit and wait while in so much pain I went through that before my shoulder sugery I coulent move myvsrm even so much as a centemeter and still had to go through 3 or 4 steroid injectons 6 weeks apart before they would go in a cut the dang thing off...I am hopeing they get back to you soon and get you in and figure out whats goingin and fix it..don't they realize that when the pain is that severe that we are basicly a vegtable ...I again am so sorry your going throught this :'-(

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   Posted 5/23/2012 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Unbearable and welcome to the chronic pain forum. After reading your post all I could think was I sure hope you hear from your dr and real soon. No one should have to suffer with the pain that you are this day and time. As you said, the pain is hampering your recovery from your back surgery, no quality of life, not able to get up and around as you should be, something needs to be done.

Pretty much all of us here at the forum are under the care of pain mgt drs. Once the pain becomes chronic no dr will touch us and give the type of medication we need to have some quality life so enters the picture of a pain mgt dr. In all reality it is best for us because these drs are trained to deal with patients that have pain and that is something our primary care drs and surgeons just are not equipped to handle. Not only that, but the DEA has stuck its big nose in the picture and there is new rules & guidelines drs have to go by for scripting narcotics especially long term. Our other drs do not want to go thru all of the red tape and have the DEA breathing down their necks. It stinks, because many people are paying a hefty price because of drug abuse.

I wanted to pop on and tell you hello and welcome aboard. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care....Susie
Moderator, Chronic Pain Forum & Psoriasis Forum

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   Posted 5/23/2012 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Unbearable Welcome to our chronic pain forum. I'm so sorry that you're having to go through such unbearable pain. I hope your doctor gets back to you quickly, and can help you with the pain. I would also advise you to see a pain management doctor. As Susie said, they are the best ones to deal with the chronic pain. Take care.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 5/24/2012 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, I agree with what everyone has said so far. You will gert lots of good advice here and most of all positive reinforcements from all of us who suffer chronic pain. Maybe along with a anti inflamatory you could talk to your doctor about a pain patch?

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2012
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 5/24/2012 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi unbearable and welcome to the CP family.

I am sorry to hear that you are suffering! My mom had a terrible case of bursitis in her hip a few years back. She actually went to my chiropractor, which helped tons for her. I don't remember what medications her doctor placed her on but it helped.
I would most certainly look into a pain patch. I am on a Fentanyl patch but there is also BuTrans. Google them for more info.

I had a laminectomy at 18 in 2007. I know that when we hurt, then make the largest pain go away, more pain will start to breakthrough. Since the biggest problem is no longer an issue, the little problems are starting to pop up. It seems as though you didn't notice this pain because it combined with your back pain or it wasn't enough to over power your back and now that it is fixed it is suddenly more noticeable. I went through the same thing with my laminectomy, once I wasn't on pain meds and the low back pain was gone, surprised! My neck and between my shoulders was in pain, too.

It is so hard to be positive when you're in so much pain, as you obviously know, but you really have to try. Positivity can help a bit with the pain. And like LexiRae said, you'd be surprised at what you can handle when you need to.

Hope the surgeon calls today and you start to feel better!
Kathryn - 22 years old.
Mommy to Baby Scott - May 18th, 2011.

Accidents: Jan. and Oct. 2008, Nov. 2009.
Surgeries: Eye - 1995, Lumbar Laminectomy L4-5 - Feb. 2008, Cesarean Section - May 2011 and Gallbladder Removal - June 2011.
Current Medication: Generic Fentanyl 50 mcg/h patch every 72 hours (feels ineffective after 48), Meloxicam 15mg once a day and Generic Tylenol for breakthrough.

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2012
Total Posts : 88
   Posted 5/24/2012 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Unbearable, First off Welcome to the CP forum.

After reading that you had surgery on April 6 I'm beginning to wonder if you have overdid it and may have caused inflammation which as a result may be causing the pain in your hip.

I had L4-L5 decompression disectomy back in 2003 and have had Chronic Pain in my low back and left hip area before and after the surgery. I did get some relief from the surgery but it didn't fix my problem. I now have a spinal cord stimulator implant that helps some with the pain but also does not give me total relief. How much I hurt varies each day and I tend to overdo it before I realize I have.

Please give yourself time to heal and follow your Dr.'s advice. The surgery you had was quite serious and will take quite a while to heal.
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