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Catrin2011-02-13 21:19:43 +0000 #1
I got the back x-rays last week just to rule out any back problems with my odd leg symptoms. Well, we ruled it in, just like we ruled in the hip arthritis

Apparently I've arthritis in my lower back (L3, L4, and L5). My doctor has offered me injections but frankly I will need to be in a lot more pain before I consider that. Also the back arthritis is more minor than my minor hip arthritis, so who can say how much of a role it is actually playing? My doctor thinks there is a relationship since there is a relationship between that part of my back and the hamstring/quads. Not that I pretend to understand the spine...

I did find another PT in the area (though much further away) who is mechanically trained and I will give him a shot. Something, however, seems to finally be paying off with the exercises my first PT gave me because last night was the hardest I've worked in spinning class in months and my legs feel fantastic today

Also, putting the pillow between my knees while sleeping seems to have stopped the night-time hip pain.


NbyNW2011-02-13 21:34:56 +0000 #2
What a journey you've been on with all this hip/ham/lower back stuff!

It's good that you're continuing to get more knowledge about what's going on.

Glad to hear the legs are feeling better!
Catrin2011-02-13 22:06:37 +0000 #3
I am trying, very hard, to not get dejected over this. Probably just the holidays...
azfiddle2011-02-13 22:10:53 +0000 #4
Catrin you have had more than your share of "stuff" happening to your body this year. I'm really curious to know more about what you find out about the arthritis.

I apparently have severe arthritis at L4-L5 but none in my hip. It has only hurt sporadically, but has gotten noticeably worse recently.

I wonder if my unstable hip issues are related to the arthritis in the back. No mention was made of the SI joint, but I think there is something there too. My symptoms have affect my hamstring, IT band and various other spots, as well as my hip.

I have been procrastinating about getting back to a doctor- I really hate taking time off from work (lesson plans, substitutes, etc).

Anyway- keep us posted and I hope you find good solutions. Like you, without the bike I have trouble getting cardio and keeping my weight down.
Catrin2011-02-13 22:55:30 +0000 #5
The back arthritis has given you problems with your hip without arthritis being there? Owie...and I also noted what you said about your hamstring and IT band.

I guess that I am not all that surprised, yet I wasn't expecting to hear this today. I figured they wouldn't find anything but apparently our attempts to rule things out just aren't working very well. At least it is more pieces of the puzzle. No one in my family has problems with arthritis, outside of minor osteoarthritis in the hands, so I am hoping that this will be like the arthritis in my shoulders - it has been there for 10 years but it hasn't become worse.

Is it common for most doctors to offer drug injections in almost the same breath that they tell you that you have arthritis? He seemed a little surprised that I am going the PT route.

At least it isn't keeping me off the bike

Friday is ~50 degrees and no rain until the evening!

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Crankin2011-02-13 22:45:22 +0000 #6
I think I may be going the same route, Catrin. I've had hip pain on and off for almost 2 years. I can pinpoint the start to when I started running, but also, about a year after I stopped teaching. I used to stand up almost all day and move around, now, as a student and a psychotherapy intern, all I do is sit almost all day long and it just stiffens me up. The lower back has been an issue on and off, too. If anything, I am more active than ever. There are times when it diminishes, but something is going on.

And yes, my rheumatologist mentioned the injection within the same breath as stating "it's probably arthritis," when I went to see him about this over a year ago. He did not push drugs at all when he was treating me for fibromyalgia. In fact, he was very open to alternative treatments. Getting that injection is no picnic, from what I have heard. I guess it's time to go back and get a PT referral; there aren't a lot of mechanical therapists around here, but I found one that is not too far.

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