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Back pain and pelvic pain when laying down
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luvpatch posted:
Hi! I am a 59 year old female and have been having terrible problems for several months now with lower pelvic AND lower back pain that is worse at night when I lay down. My left hip hurts a lot during the daytime hours.I have a little back and pelvic pain during the day on occasion but its mostly at night when it is terrible! I have a history of back problems with major back surgery in 2001 . I have degenerative arthritis in my spine and I had 2 fusions at that time.Last Sept I had a Abdominal CT scan that didn't show anything wrong. I also had a colonoscopy last Nov which was okay. Went to my OB GYN doc thinking maybe a problem with an ovary and that was all okay. I finally had an MRI of my spine and hips a couple of weeks ago. My hips are okay but apparently my MRI shows 2 of my discs L2-3 and L3-4 are herniated. The neurosurgeon says I need surgery. But he also said that it wasn't typical to have pelvic pain with herniated discs and he can't explain that pain. I am going in for an epidural injection with steroids next week in the hopes of avoiding any surgery for awhile. My question is this: Does anyone else have pelvic pain associated with disc disease or is this a totally separate problem? I don't sleep at night but a couple of hours at a time because I am so uncomfortable. I am at my wits end and hate the thought of trying to sleep at night. I tried sleeping propped sitting up on pillows but I can't sleep that way. Any suggestions would be fabulous on what could be wrong. The neurosurgeon will not really answer my questions about the pelvic pain. Thanks so much!
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davedsel2 responded:
Hello and welcome. I am sorry you are in so much pain and fully understand.

It is probably time for a new evaluation by a spinal orthopedic surgeon or a spinal neurosurgeon. Once you have a fresh diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, you can then see a pain management specialist that is a physiatrist. These doctors go deeper and offer a wide variety of treatments.

I live with the symptoms you describe. Details are in my story. You can find ways to manage your pain.

How old is your bed and what type? We invested in a Sleep Number bed about 6 years ago and absolutely love it. You also should make sure the chair you usually sit in at home is comfortable. My wife and I recently invested in high quality lift recliner chairs and are extremely satisfied.

Keep doing your research. Here are links to websites that have good information about spinal problems and solutions:

WebMD Back Pain Health Center: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/default.htm

SpineUniverse: http://www.spineuniverse.com

Spine-Health: http://www.spine-health.com

Keep moving as much as possible. Keep a positive attitude.

I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

-Dave
 
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guzmanfamily responded:
I am a 41 year old female. I am having the same pain in my pelvic area and in my lower back and in my hips all the way down my legs. I just had an MRI on my back and I have arthiritis in my facet joints and 2 hurniated discs so I had this done at a pain management place and they told me that the pain could be related and now they want me to have an epedural steroid injection.
 
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mackallen replied to guzmanfamily's response:
Epidural steroid injection are really effective. I got mine at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic and my pain seems to have gone now.
 
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davedsel2 replied to mackallen's response:
Hello, mackallen.

Since this is a public message board read by thousands daily, I would like to point out that no treatment is effective for everyone. It is great that the injections worked so well for you, but others have had opposite experiences. There are also risks involved with any procedure that need to be researched, understood and discussed thoroughly with your doctor.

I pray that you continue to enjoy pain relief.
Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

-Dave
 
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trs1960 responded:
I have the same problems too. Sometimes I can hardly get of bed. I'm already fused from T4-L3 and I know that this much damage I'm quite sure L4-S1 are degenerating.

This is terrible,

Good luck

T
 
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trs1960 replied to davedsel2's response:
I've been through many epidurals 4-5 RF Ablations and many other procedures, as Dave says only in my demographic of one. I've had some treatments perform miracles and some do nothing.

Expect the worst and hope for the best.

Tim


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