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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Hip pain caused by scoliosis...????

    i am wondering if anyone here has experienced this...

    i have new pain...around the last 2 months or so that i've noticed
    it...the pain started in my left felt like it was on fire...
    then that stopped, and the pain seemed to be in right hip....
    bad, deep pain/ache that was more in back of the right hip than
    actually IN the right hip...
    before any of the hip pain started, i noticed that just below both hips
    felt numb/tingly...the kind of numb similar to when your mouth
    is waking up after novocaine from the dentist....
    at this point, i feel the numbness/tingliness just below both hips, and just
    above that, on both sides, feels kind of bruised/sore.

    i think this is all being caused by worsening of lumbar curve...
    my lumbar curve was measured at 61 degrees in 2010..
    2 years later, it was measured at 70 degrees...
    both measurements were done with X rays.
    my thoracic curve has remained 41-42 degrees since 2010.

    has anyone experienced hip pain that seems to be caused by their
    scoliosis...??? it seems to me to be reasonable for uneven pressure
    from scoliosis curves to cause some kind of pain type symptoms in
    or around the hips...
    my pain is worse now on right side...and that is the side that i have
    an exaggerated "waist" left side, same area, is completely straight.

    jess...and Sparky

  2. #2
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    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    Hi Jess...

    It could be your hips. It could be your back. But, it sounds like trochanteric bursitis to me. The feeling of bruising is the tip off.

    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    thanks, Linda
    it is gonna send me to a surgeon this spring...
    i will also see what pain doc has to say at appt end of April...
    this pain is BAD...and now constant...
    takes swallowing NSAID...which i rarely got relief from prior to this...
    and get me moving...and i do not like needing
    those meds on an every day basis!
    this pain is relatively new.... and extremely unwelcome...

    thanks for the advice...i will follow up with doctors...
    am wondering if others on forum have similar pain....

    jess...and Sparky

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Jess I'm so sorry to hear that. It sounds like it came on over only a few months. Maybe that is a clue?

    I hope you get some relief.

    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine

    "We are all African."

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    thanks, Sharon...
    i noticed today that the right hip area actually seems swollen...
    the NSAID helps, which makes sense, and is first time such
    a medication gave me any relief...
    but it is not enuf...
    i will discuss if there is something my pain doc can do for this...
    i am curious to see a new X ray, too...
    suspect that lumbar curve is increasing...
    if nothing else, there is pressure being created on right side.

    weather finally getting warmer in northeast...
    it would be nice to be able to walk Spark and not
    be prevented by this new pain...

    happy spring...finally!
    jess...and Sparky

  6. #6
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    May 2009
    frustrating that doctors do not order X rays without "seeing"
    existing patients...saying insurance companies balk...
    i am trying to get Manhattan pain doc to order spinal X rays before
    my next appt April 24th...i have to speak to someone at desk in his
    office Wednesday...since the doctor sees me every month or two for
    spinal pain, it might be possible...pretty sure getting hip X rays before
    visit will not be, as doctor has never seen me for hip pain...
    it is such rigid thinking...and delays things...
    to not have X rays there when one walks into see doctor makes it more the doctor has to say..."well, let's see what the X rays show and i'll see you next month"
    thus, i expect this to take longer than should be necessary...

    pardon me...just grumbling...and annoyed doctors and patients
    get stuck adhering to rigid rules of insurance companies...
    meanwhile, pain meds plus NSAIDs are helping, but not eliminating, the pain. (tells me inflammation is likely involved)

    jess...and Sparky
    Last edited by jrnyc; 04-01-2013 at 08:08 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Jess, Have you ever been fitted with a lumbar brace? On days when I have similar symptoms, especially while standing, wrapping the brace around really helps for a while.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    I think that's worth trying Jess. Prior to my surgery my pain was in the lumbar area and I often wore a magnetic brace, which was a wide velcro closing "belt" about 8" wide and I'd put it on tightly and it definitely helped my pain. Now while I doubt the magnets had anything to do with it, the firm fitting tightness really did help.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    thanks Jen...

    the hip pain disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared...
    now, occasionally i have burning pain in the hip that didn't hurt
    much before...the left hip...but it doesn't last long...
    i am taking the NSAID helps to some degree...
    hoping i do not become allergic to it, as i was highly allergic to Vioxx
    and Celebrex...

    the X rays i got were not much help...i made the mistake of not
    going to a hospital radiology place...and the resulting X ray
    was close to useless...they gave no curve numbers...
    never again...need to get an X ray from a hospital radiology
    place...when i get to someone who will order it again...

    thanks for all the input..
    i am not willing to risk any steroids at this point in time...
    not worth only 3 months of nice as that is...


  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2009
    newer left hip pain...
    sometimes like an intense burning feeling...
    worse upon when walking puppy...

    over the left hip...on the surface..feels numb...the numbness
    has been there, i think, since before the burning pain...
    since i "got over" Lyme, i am not used to numbness...
    i have been ignoring this particular surface numbness for a while now...
    but it is getting more noticeable to me...

    jess...and Sparky

  11. #11
    Join Date
    May 2009
    went to pain management doctor in Manhattan and saw PA...
    she gave me prescriptions and orders for MRI of left hip and lower
    the left hip pain is still there...
    sometimes it starts burning if i am just standing and doing something...
    like washing dishes...
    other times it burns when i try to walk Sparky.
    she said the burning pain along with numbness on top of skin
    over hip area "worries" her...

    this time, i will be sure to go to radiology place affiliated with hospital...
    no more X rays or MRI's at places that do not measure curves and do not
    do full length X rays....


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