Any suggestions for hip pain?

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   Posted 6/13/2018 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had unbearable pain in my right hip for almost a year now. It seems to be caused from the muscles around the hip. My pelvis is out of alignment as my left hip sits higher than my right side.

I've seen PTs and chiropractor for adjustments and exercises but nothing offers any relief and the exercises are too painful to do. Valium is the only thing that takes the edge off. I'm wondering if anyone has dealt with this and what helped them. Maybe some kind of injection or a certain lyme treatment?

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   Posted 6/13/2018 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just like comparing trades people (not supposed to say tradesmen anymore I guess), not all PT's and chiros are the same.

Chiros re-align bones that are pulled by tight muscles. The flaw here is chiro does not work for muscles. Some chiros do muscle work, but its varied forms of myofascial muscle treatment, not chiro at all.

You need a PT with hands with deep myofacial experience to pinpoint the exact areas causing this. "cookie cutter" prescribed exercises for the masses will not work. They can notice refered pain to, refered pain is real. Few PT clinics let the PTs do there own thing. The clinics with the plan for the masses will not work. Read reviews on local PT's.

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   Posted 6/13/2018 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep looking for a good PT.

I had been to 4 (or was it 5?) PT's from 2013 to 2015 and had given up on them. Not one would acknowledge my left shoulder blade issues...they did not burn any energy ...gave me hooked me up to a machine and walked away for 20 minutes...

Then in 2016 I tried one more time...and hit the jackpot. She is great...she 'works' on me every appointment (and gives me exercises to do at home)
She acknowledged there was an issue with my left shoulder blade - as it was 'stuck' to my ribs.
She worked on me at each appt and gave me exercises to do daily.
I now have about 90-95% range of motion on my left side because of her.

She did say my nerve issues don't follow the usual pattern of has puzzled her somewhat.

I stopped going last year...but I think I need to go back.

Unfortunately, I still have the nerve pain...
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   Posted 6/13/2018 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe the Pt or chiro could suggest mild exercise or stretches that could also be of benefit.

Hydro therapy in a pool may help.

Kudzu helps some people with pain.

Pain clinics or pain specialists may be of help, there are epidurals, nerve blocks, cortisone injections.

Just be careful and do your research on the side effects of those.

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   Posted 6/13/2018 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've seen about 10 PTs. The last one was a hip specialist that did alot of hands on work. Even that didn't help me. Plus driving to see a PT every week just makes my hip hurt even more. I can't drive or walk anywhere without extreme pain.

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   Posted 6/13/2018 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about your hip pain Sean.scott787,

I would explore if there are underlying nerve issues or another cause besides the muscles.

When a person has severe chronic pain, they tend to brace against the pain. Sometimes this is done even if one is not aware of it.

That can cause muscle pain and the muscles to get tense more due to the bracing.

It can be a viscous cycle of relentless pain, as you well know.

Since Pt is not of any help, a pain specialist(sometimes at larger hospitals) may have some ways to give you some relief so you can regain some function.

If it is Lyme and co causing the pain, then I would consult with my llmd about targeting that symptom more. Be it with herbals, other medications etc.

Please take care and I hope you get some relief and improvement soon.

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   Posted 6/13/2018 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree that I'd try kudzu root tincture. These also might be of help with pain:

Greater celandine tincture (I take 3 droppers full of kudzu and add about 10-15 drops of greater celandine)
From Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner
For Pain:
(All of these can be taken together or any one can be used alone)
Corydalis tincture 1/8 - 1/4 tsp 3-4 times daily (contraindicated in liver disease)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe) tincture 1/4 - 1/2 tsp hourly or as needed
Corallorhiza maculata (coral root) tincture 1/2 - 1 tsp up to 6x daily
Verbena officinalis (vervain) tincture 1/4 - 1 tsp as needed
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) fresh plant tincture 1 tsp - 1/2 oz (yes ounce) in water as needed
If severe add: Angelica tincture is useful for pain, esp when combined with Salvia miltiorrhiza tincture, 1 tblsp of the combination (equal parts) every fifteen minutes, reducing dosage and frequency as pain lessens

I hope this helps. Worth trying once I suppose even if you're not into herbs
Good luck!
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