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Pain in back, hip, knee and ankle - right side only
svcoleman posted:
I have chronic pain in the lower right side of my back for years that is gradually getting worse. If I stand or walk more than 10 minutes its excruciating. I can't sleep through a night anymore. I've had an MRI which showed arthritis in my L4-L5. I'm 39. I also have pain in my right hip. It snaps and cracks and is sore most of the time. My knee/knees are also involved. It's difficult to go up/down stairs and they buckle every now and then. My right ankle sprains/gives out while walking quite frequently and is always swollen and painful. I've had physical therapy on my back and my ankle with little to no relief. I've also seen a chiropractor with no results. I've been to my regular Dr and an orthopedic surgeon who say there's nothing they can see on xrays or MRI(besides arthritis in my ankle/knee and back) that would make me hurt this bad. Any suggestions on where to go next or what kind of Dr to see?
davedsel2 responded:
Hello and welcome. I am sorry you in so much pain and fully understand.

You may consider seeing a spinal neurosurgeon and/or spinal orthopedic surgeon. Make sure the doctor is a SPINAL specialist, not a general neurologist/neurosurgeon or general orthopedic surgeon/specialist. You can and should get several opinions.

Once you have more opinions and a good diagnosis, you can consider seeing a pain management specialist that is a phsiatrists. Physiatrist pain managers go deeper into helping you and offer wide variety of treatments.

Sometimes just one or two spinal conditions can cause the type of symptoms you are experiencing. Each of us is uniquely created and have pain that is unique to our bodies. Some things can be helped and managed, where others just must be accepted.

Keep doing your research. Read through the Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists recommended steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. Within that thread are links to websites that have good information about spinal problems and solutions.

I pray you can find the answers and relief you need soon.
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