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barbarann
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   Posted 12/24/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
It is common to have hip pain (including leg) as well as lower back pain (can hardly walk a dozen steps) with MS or is this related to something else.

sandfly
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   Posted 12/26/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad you asked this question - I thought I was the only one to suffer from leg and hip pain with my m.s. I've always had a problem with my right hip and leg. I sort of had to hike my hip to walk but my right leg always dragged or I would hook my toes in nothing and trip. I'm still like that to this day but I need walking aids and a chair for long distances. The pain is so severe at times that it keeps me awake, it's a knawing burning pain that never seems to go away. I have two vertebrae in my spine that also seem to hurt constantly. I'm on meds for pain but some days they don't seem to help much.
If you've never had x-rays of your hip or back you might look into it. Turns out I have necrosis of the right femur so walking doesn't help me , I am supposed to be very careful as my hip has small heale dfractures.

barbarann
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   Posted 12/26/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not had any recent x-rays but because I also had breast cancer, I was concerned it may be related to that. 

buddy4027
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   Posted 7/27/2010 2:10 AM (GMT -7)   
i also suffer from this everyday it is worse at night i have to take some strong painkillers all the time and i thought it was just me my nuero nurse said dhe thiught that maybe that was where my ms had settled itself ...........not quite sure what she maeant by this tho

jdrea
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   Posted 8/13/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have it too.  I get muscle spasms all the time in my legs and pelvis.  Night is definately worse.  My dr told me to try massage therapy.  It helps, at least for the day.  I told my husband that he needed to go to school for massage therapy.  I am sure he'd get tired of always massaging my back, hips, legs and feet.  It does help.  Give it a try.

DFC
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   Posted 8/19/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Barbarann,.. I hope you stay on top of your breast cancer. Don't let everything be put down to MS, although the back and hip pain is most definitely consistent with MS. Is your back, hip and leg worse when you first wakeup and get out of bed? Does it get better as you move around after getting out of bed?  Is the pain worse when you sleep on the sore hip? Please keep in touch with us here.

Sandfly... Sorry you are having problems with hip and leg. Is the pain you are having on the same side that you have most of your MS issues. My right hip and leg and foot are very much compromised and in constant pain. I have dropfoot (also referred as footdrop) in my right foot, which is very common in MS. This can be dangerous as I can stumble and fall if I catch my toe. Just recently, my occupational therapist gave me a small foot brace for my right foot that fits inside my running shoe and under my jeans. It is strapped around my lower leg about 4 inches above my ankle and is quite inconspicuous. It keeps my toe from dropping and therefore helps me to not stub my toes.. It may help you to feel more confident that you won't trip and fall.  Good luck and let us know how are are doing. 

 Dale :-)


sandfly
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   Posted 8/27/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks DFC--yes the pain is on the right side and this is mostly the side that all my problems occur although my left side does act up a lot if I'm overtired. I think I know the brace you're talking about, I had one prescribed a few yrs back and it did help a lot with stumbling. I have both a walker and a wheelchair for days that my legs don't work at all.
I think if I could get rid of the pain I might be able to cope better, unrelenting pain interferes with so amny activities that I do.
Compared to some of the other people that I've met who have ms I consider myself pretty lucky so far.

jdrea
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   Posted 9/12/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
What is the best pain meds for this pain? I haven't slept in a few nights now and the pain is really starting to effect my mood. What does your drs have you on?

odettesmom
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   Posted 9/21/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
i get a lot of lower back pain, but figure it's because it's my gait. not exactly graceful when i move. usually take generic naproxin and lay down for a while.   linda

mamana monster
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   Posted 9/25/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
hmmm...interesting, I think I have had every test known to man to determine the cause of my constant hip/leg pain...I have said it must just be a MS thing, the more I read the more I believe that to be true now..glad to read this post and know I'm not alone. I take Zanaflex daily and Darvacet when I just can't stand it anymore...
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