Osteoarthritis and low back pain

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Avatar f tn There are much gentler excercises for your low back that don't cause pain, and help to strngthen it. You are already looking into a second opinion, which is what I would have advised. Instead of heat, try ice. The pain with OA is casued by inflamation, of nerves, tendons, etc. Heat makes inflamation worse. Another thing you may want to try is Biofreeze ointment, or even try taking 2 ibuprophen and 1 acetominophen. The ibuprophen is an anti-inflammatory and the other is pain reliever.
1175033 tn?1492204828 I know people young than I who've had it done, and they agree it's the best thing they ever did. I had terrible low back pain and sciatic nerve pain until the hips were replaced, now it's pretty much gone. :) Hang in there!
Avatar f tn I have had pain in my low back and hip for over a year. I have been treated for sciatica, piriformis syndrome and SI dysfunction. An Xray of my hip shows that I have acetabular retroversion, which basically means my hip sockets aren't aligned properly with my joint. MRI results show that my hip joint is degenerating (early onset of osteoarthritis), I have tendonosis of my iliopsoas muscles, and grade 1 strains of my adductors and quadratus femorus.
Avatar n tn then see if it helped. I am sorry to hear about your persistant back pain, it hurts to walk and now even sitting down, Has spinal stenosis or teathered cord been ruled out for you? I would check into cortisone shots if I do have stenosis and nerve compression but Im not up to going from dr to dr here to find someone here half as smart as dr rosner, lol and get some temporary relief. My first set of MRIs done in MO (c-spine and lumbar) did not note any stenosis, it was noted with dr.
1378884 tn?1315509445 It can be injected directly into a joint to ease pain and swelling, given in an intramuscular injection or taken orally to quiet an overall RA flare-up, inhaled to help asthma and COPD patients breathe better, and more. My mom takes injections in her lower back to temporarily ease pain. My guess is you have a low back injury that is irritating the sciatic nerve, which travels down the back of your hip and down your leg.
974371 tn?1424656729 Different PT and they have been basically doing heat and ultrasound, no improvement and I now have pain across lower back, over both hips and a burning pain on the right side of my mid back. I am also going for acupuncture but nothing is helping. On a CT scan of my abdomen a few months ago, they saw a lesion on my left kidney, don't seem concerned but have another ultrasound this week. My Alk Phos has also been somewhat elevated. GI doc is going to test again in December.
Avatar n tn Recently, I have been really experiencing more joint pain than usual in my shoulders, hands, knees and jaw (7months of pain). I get bone pain and also shooting pains (which have no diagnosis). My thumb knuckles are starting to pop out to the side. I have a bad back (no cushion between 4 and 5 + more) and have experienced pain like no other. A Baker's Cyst also popped up last month at an also bad knee (torn ligaments never corrected).
387767 tn?1345875627 I have 2 herniated discs in my neck, but that doesn't even bother me as much as this low back/butt pain. In the morning, I am so stiff and feel almost like I can't straighten up, then it lessens up a bit, but if I do anything, comes back horrible. And it's bad at night. Honestly, I really dread another MRI or orthopedic visit. I am very claustrophobic and have a terrible time with those MRI's. My rheumatologist said it could be from fibro or something else. Anyone else with this problem?
Avatar n tn I also go in for epidural steroid injections every 3 months (these injections have helped me a lot with the low back pain but not so much with the leg pain from the nerve damage). I have been told any surgeon would gladly perform a 2 level spinal fusion; however, I have researched and received information from very reputable sources that there is a 50-50 chance that the fusion would eliminate my pain.
Avatar m tn Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal which can encroach upon the nearby nerve roots, causing pain. Opioid pain medications can significantly help the low back pain but not so much the leg pain. I am on the Fentanyl patch along with oxycodone IR for breakthrough pain and I still deal with significant nerve pain that shoots down my legs. Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin) helps way more than the opioid medications do for this type of pain. Have you tried Neurontin or Lyrica?
Avatar f tn I have tried wheat bags in the past, is this the same as the arthritis pad? I have pain going down the backs of the legs, lower back pain, upper back stiffness and sometimes pain in the thighs and hips, depending on the day. I don't think my doctor realizes the pain I'm in as all he will give me is Tramal 50mg. I am waiting on a neural blockade bilaterally and haven't worked in 2 months. Are you working? Im hoping to get a job a few days a week where I can sit and move around!!
Avatar n tn This may not be the root of the problem but the SI dysfunction will cause low back pain. I had this for a couple of years and blew it off and then the pain became severe and has spread throughout my hip area. I recently found out that I have misformed hips and this has caused degeneration of my hips and tendons surrounding my hips. If I had gotten the diagnoses a couple of years ago I may not be in such pain right now.
Avatar f tn It can be like the chicken and the egg - stress causes pain, pain causes more stress, which causes more pain, etc. Make stress management part of your overall self-care plan. It won't hurt, and it might help. It sounds like you've been doing a lot of research into your symptoms. It's absolutely a good thing to educate yourself, however if you don't know what your dealing with, navigating the confusing labyrinth of symptoms and possible causes can increase your anxiety.
Avatar f tn Before surgery I had Osteoarthritis and DDD which caused stiffness and back pain that got worse at night and early AM. But ever since the surgery I am having terrible pinching nerve pain, I feel it with each step as I walk, I have terrible pain getting up and down from a chair or in and out of a car. I basically went into surgery to help ease the arthritis and I feel like a crippled person now.
Avatar m tn See the "nerve" doctor, but not a neurologist or heaven forbid, a neurosurgeon. Surgeons are appropriate only in certain situations. Find a spine specialist, trained in anesthesia, who may be able to help with those painful spondylitic joints. (Spondylosis is an osteoarthritis of the spine, and generates a large percentage of low back pain.) Sometimes this condition is called "facet syndrome." Read sites like spineuniverse.com and spine-health.
Avatar f tn I have severe lower back pain (diagnosed with x-ray as degenerative joint and osteoarthritis), pain at the tips of my ribs, headaches, very fatigued, insomnia (now on Ambien and still tired!!), having trouble with constipation and nausea and I have lost 15+ pounds in about 2-3 months. Any ideas at all or where I should go from here. My doctor has not called or anything so I am not sure what he will say and I am worried, my follow up is not for 3 weeks. Thanks!
369861 tn?1306279286 I have to see the cardiologist on this thursday regarding CHF, low potassium and when I can go back on the diuretics. I don't want to have to deal with another diagnosis. Right now I am dealing with: Thyroidism Osteoarthritis Obesity Asthma Allergies Low potassium Hypoglycemia TED (possibly) Edema Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) possibly==won't know until i see the cardiologist on thursday. Can someone tell me if all this is related.
Avatar f tn I have been diagnosed with buldging L3 - L5 disks with a bone spur. I also have osteoarthritis in back and both hips. I was diagnosed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in spinal treatments. I began an excercise routine and found the pain too great to excercise. I have had MRI w/contrast and spinal X-rays. I was told to start with steroid epidural shots to the L4-L5 area. I have had first shot.
Avatar n tn Also, I have pain in the joints of my ankles, wrists, elbows and knees. I get tired easily. My low back hurts alot. I have a job where I am on my feet for 6 hours a day. Went to a rheum dr. He said he thought I had a little fibro but now not sure. Also I have osteoarthritis in my fingers and hands. What the heck is up with this??
Avatar f tn I also have osteoarthritis and am never entirely pain free. If you have hypothyroidism, she should then test thyroid antibodies to determine whether or not you have Hashimoto's. The tests she should order are Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOab) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb). You need them both, because some people have one or the other and some have both, but either/both can diagnose Hashi's.
Avatar n tn The treatment is a mix and match of analgesics, anti depressants, anti seizure medications, physical therapy and counseling.
Avatar n tn After back surgery 2 years ago, I probably had 18 months pain free, but as of now, the pain is worse than before. This time the pain the in the front of my leg and the side and hip. Medicine for arthritis is not helping, Could it be the same probelm in a different area. Was also told I have scolisis, a slight amount.Want can be done? I have 4 screws and a cage around the lower part of my back. Is a chirprator a good place to start?
Avatar f tn I suffer from low back pain and sciatica down the back of both legs and that wraps around the upper front of the left thigh. The cause for my pain is a ruptured disc at L4-L5 that is severely impinging the L5 nerve roots along with bone spurs, osteoarthritis, thickened ligaments, and spinal stenosis. I also have a bulging disc at L5-S1 that is impinging the S1 nerve roots. Medications and epidural steroid injections have helped my pain immensely.
Avatar m tn Can back ddd cause neck grinding with pain. Also knee grinding with pain? Plus right elbow grinding with pain. Also feet problems.
Avatar n tn The compression could be due to arthritis of the spine or due to a herniated disc or other lesions. The symptoms include pain at the level of the problem (i.e. neck or back etc) and pain that may radiate down the arm or leg (depending on where the problem is). In more advanced cases, muscle weakness or sensory symptoms such as tingling or numbness may occur.
Avatar n tn The major symptoms are pain and stiffness. The pain is usually first felt in the low back, but may eventually be present throughout the whole spine. Often there is pain which may be felt down the back of the buttocks and thighs (sciatic-like pain). Pain is worse in the morning and improving with exercise. *In a number of patients, however, spondylitis starts and progresses differently. Some people feel pain with little or no stiffening.
1956614 tn?1325869001 I also realized that when I get in the car and we are driving around I start to feel pain and pressure in the back of my head, and headache. I just don't want to rush to have all these test and be in the hospital again, if I don't need to.
Avatar n tn My rheumatologist and everything I have researched, says lupus does not affect the spine. I had MRI and it shows osteoarthritis in lower back. However, this does seem to be a common problem with people who have lupus and I don't know why. As for exercising, I can only suggest walking and light resistance training on days when you have energy and are pain free. The resistance training is such a benefit for our bone density.
941625 tn?1263585382 I did six rounds of chemo and 33 radiation treatments. I have had chronic and horrible lower back pain ever since. I have been seeing a rheumatologist for this, and he found some arthritis and fused vertebraes. He says he's not sure why my back hurts though all the time and just keeps me on a low dose of percocet. The problem is it isn't managing my pain and I can't stand this. Does anyone else have chronic pain in this area following treatment? If so, what are your docs and you doing to treat?