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    Hip Pain
    humankimberly posted:
    I joined the military 16 years ago and 16 years ago I started having knee pain. Over the years I've seen several doctors and had several x-rays and no one could determine what was wrong. My x-rays all came back normal. I even had a Podiatrist put insoles in my shoes. That hurt a lot.
    When I was pregnant I found that my knee stopped hurting but my hip started hurting a lot. And it would "give out" several times a day. It's been 2 years and my hip still hurts. The doctor now tells me that it was my hip all along (making my knee hurt).
    I got a steroid shot in one hip. It didn't seem to help much. Then a physical therapist gave me a hip brace belt to wear. It seems to help a lot. She said my hip is loose. My bursas are swollen and very sore to touch. More so behind my hip (upper buttocks/back) is very sore especially when I run. The Physical Therapist said I need to activate my core muscles and it will strengthen my hip area.
    Because exercising hurts I got a flewbelt to help strengthen my core. It sends an electronic pulse to my stomach and makes it contract like I'm doing sit-ups. It works great since my while body isn't hurting all at once but I noticed when I feel the contraction in my stomach I also feel a pinch in my upper buttocks (hip) where it's sore after I run. That leads me to wonder if there's a nerve problem. After I use the belt my stomach is sore the way it's supposed to be (like I just worked out) but my hip/buttocks/back area hurts like I just ran.
    Can someone tell me if that's normal? Should I feel a muscle contract in my hip as well?
    bj1208 responded:
    HI and welcome to the support group -

    It doesn't sound right - and I think you are seeing the wrong kid of physicians. And I would stop using everything until you have been examined and have an accurate diagnosis.

    Because this goes to the buttocks are I would assume that you may have something wrong in the spine area too as this may be the cause of your pains.

    I would start by seeing a spine specialist - either Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist - they will examine you and order tests (X-ray, MRI, CT Scans) and can give you an accurate diagnosis and let you know what treatment options are for you.

    Hope this helps - please keep us posted what you find out.
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