View Full Version : Burning pain in hip when weight bearing

03-12-2011, 01:17 AM
Whenever I stand or walk I feel burning pain in my left hip. The only way to get relief is to sit down. I have a 35 degree curve & lots of other issues in my spine: degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, bulging & herniated disks, and nerve impingement, to name a few. I saw a spine doc & he said the burning hip pain, which I thought was caused by nerve impingement, was not radicular pain because it does NOT radiate down my leg, but rather it's from my scoliosis.
Dr. Maurer said I was NOT a candidate for cortizone shots or surgery....only aquatic PT, a lumbar corset, & a heel lift.

This has been going on since before 2007 & I'm really tired of not being able to walk more than a 1/2 block or even stand up in my kitchen.

Is there anyone out there who has experienced hip pain as I describe? If so, have you found anything that has given you relief besides rest?

03-12-2011, 02:25 AM
hi malka
i, too, have scoli, degenerative disc disease (which includes herniated discs), listhesis, hypokyphosis, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, and a few other things i forget...
i get shots often...botox shots work for my thoracic area, as it freezes the muscles so they cannot spasm...
BUT...nothing much has worked for my lumbar pain...which is the worst! the surgeon who has followed me thinks my increase in pain, especially around the hips, is from worsening of my discs...i have pain that radiates from mid back out into hips..and that pain started the day i herniated discs (happened at work)...i also have sciatica in left leg that worsened last year, but it is now less bothersome than it was a year ago...no known reason, as none of the injections for it helped me...
i see a pain management doctor, & i have had epidural injections, facet blocks, nerve ablation, and all kinds of steroid injections...the sacroiliac joint injections worked the best! but none of the injections for lumbar pain give me much more than 3 weeks pain relief!

i can no longer walk, or stand and wait for a bus, etc...

did you ask WHY you are not a candidate for injections...?


03-12-2011, 11:20 AM
Could it be hip-related pain and have nothing to do with your spine?

03-12-2011, 12:18 PM
I have had hip pain that lasted over a year. When I finally broke down and went to the doctor, they did an MRI with contrast in the hip joint. Nothing was found. Then it actually started getting better. If your hip keeps bothering you, you may ask about an MRI just to rule out any other problem. Maybe you have arthritis due to an uneven burden on your hips from the scoliosis?

03-12-2011, 12:25 PM
herniated discs are famous for causing hip pain...
i would suspect that before anything else...
but an MRI sounds like the next step...


03-12-2011, 04:37 PM
Thank you for all the replies! Here are my answers:

~Jess: yes, i asked why I'm not a candidate for injections & he said it's because since the pain is only in the hip & does not travel down the leg, then the pain is not coming from a particular vertebrae so there's no specific place to inject.
I'm so sorry for all of your chronic pain. At least the sacroiliac injections work, even for a short time. Gotta look at the bright side:)

~Debbe: yes, it certainly does seem to be hip related, which leads me to:

~Rohrer & Jess: YES, I am going to request a hip MRI. The plain xray did not show any arthritis & he also checked for bursitis but i don't have that either. However, when the ER doc (went in for a torn knee meniscus) saw my hip xrays, he said I have calcific tendonitis.

03-12-2011, 11:40 PM
hi martha
strange...i just discovered...after MRI of BOTH my knees insisted on by my pain doctor ( thought i only needed to check the left knee) i found out i now have left medial meniscus tear, and right knee has cyst and arthritis...
just what i needed...IF i have scoli surgery...i would not be able to count on my knees to bend with when i couldn't bend from spine!

anyway...just wanted to say about the injections...
i have been told several times that they work best on pain that is nerve related...no matter where the pain is or is being referred from...so..i do not understand why you were told what you were told about being a candidate for the shots...

do you see a pain management specialist...if so, do you have confidence in him/her?
i was told that my scoli itself wouldn't be helped by the shots, as they don't help "structural pain," but pain caused by discs, pain coming from nerves, could definitely be helped with the injections...


03-15-2011, 01:31 AM
Talk about strange.....on Jan. 6th I stepped off the curb & twisted my left knee. The MRI showed that i have a left lateral discoid meniscus tear. I had 4 weeks of PT & did well with it. I was almost 100% better but then 5 days after the end of my PT sessions, my knee got extremely stiff & tight. Went to the doc & was told it was knee effusion so I kept off of it for 2 weeks with moist heat, mobic, ace bandage, etc. Went back to the knee surgeon on Thurs & he said to start walking again & live normally (dance, ski, etc.) & if i can't live w/ the symptoms (still stiff & tight) then he can do the arthroscopic surgery. So far i'm dealing with it. Not in a rush for surgery.

With all the resting & not walking, my left hip pain became non-existent. After getting the ok to walk again, sure enough, my hip pain is now back.

To answer your question regarding injections for my hip pain, yes, i saw a pain management doc & he said he wouldn't give me injections because the hip pain is not a result of nerve impingement caused by bulging or herniated disks. His reason is because the pain stays in the hip & doesn't radiate or travel down my leg.

Two questions for you:
1) Do you have knee pain?
2) Are you in nyc? if so, would you recommend your pain mgmt specialist?

03-15-2011, 03:05 AM
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