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Hip/Back injured during surgery. How to treat
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Anon_54262 posted:
(sorry, long). Last Friday, 7/11, I had an outpatient surgical procedure done to remove a large lipoma (benign fatty tumor) from my upper back, below shoulder (the thing was huge! Size of an orange). I had general anesthesia. Friday evening, after the effects of the meds wore off, I started getting some real pain in my lower back/hip. By Saturday morning, the pain was crazy bad, and I could not put any weight on my left leg, or really move it without pain. The pain from my surgery wound (a 3-4 inch insicion) was not really bad at all. My hip/back was killing though, and this pain was also while taking 1-2 Percocets every 6 hours! I then started taking naproxen on Sunday, still no relief. I was literally laying in bed crying. I should preface that 2/1 weeks ago, I did injure my back slightly. The day before the injury, I was walking on the treadmill ( usually walk at a fast pace and alternate between that, stationary bike and eplliptical). I am not in super-great shape ( 25 lbs overweight), but I do go to the gym regularly. So that day before, I decided to also do a slow jog for a few minutes on the treadmill. Nothing bad. The next day, I felt a spasm in my back. I had problems with my left SI joint a few years ago. Went to a chiropractor, that did not help whatsoever. I would get pain in my SI area when bending laterally from my waist. After a while, the SI issues more-or-less stopped. I had to avoid any high-impact type of exercise, so switched to the bicycle and elliptical. The day before my surgery, my back was feeling better, just a little discomfort. I am thinking that during my surgery, while unconscious, they moved my leg or body in such a way that my hip area or SI area was injured. I spoke with the staff at the surgeon's office, and they did not recall any issues moving me around. I am 100% sure that this injury was caused during my surgery, as it is not like I came home and went rollerblading. So on Monday, I went to see the orthopedist. They did an x-ray, all normal. Did all the various motion tests. Definitely some injury to the hip area and maybe lower back/SI. Put me on a 4mgx6 steroid pack and crutches. I am on day three, and no sign of improvement. I also have numbness on the top part of my upper leg on that side. I am sitting most of the day. There is almost no position I can lay in that seems to lessen the pain. I have a follow-up with the Ortho in a week. In the meantime, I am just miserable. Not sure what steps to take if this does not improve even a small amount in the next few days. I am assuming that since I have some numbness, there are nerves involved in my injury. I am not looking to sue anyone, just want to make sure my ortho is proceeding on the correct course of action. He also prescribed PT, which there is no way I can start yet, as everything is too painful. I am guessing if this does not improve in a few days, they will want to do an MRI of the affected areas. Any and all suggestions appreciated!
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bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group

just want to double check when you say Orthopedist that you mean Orthopedic Spine Doc?? Is that correct and the same who did your surgery? Just want to make sure you see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist it Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist for any and all spine related problems.

do you remember hurting your back at all especially when you were younger, maybe even when you were younger as a small kid? Sometimes when we think back we remember things that may have happened

an MRI or Cat Scan may need to be done to see what is going on that could be causing this. My preference for spine issues is a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. Just my preference and just thought I'd pass that along.

sometimes CT Scans may pick up more info. Not sure how sore your back is bit an MRI of lower spine may take up to 30-45 minutes while the Cat Scan only takes bout 5 minutes.

please let us know what you find out
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~~ Joy ~~
 
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nobody102 replied to bj1208's response:
No a general surgeon removed my tumor. Different doctor that the Ortho I am seeing to treat my hip.
 
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nobody102 replied to bj1208's response:
Did not hurt back as a kid that I can remember. I don't think this most current injury is spine related. When I had the SI-area pain a few years ago, they did an MRI of my lumbar. Nothing serious, just changes from normal aging (I am 51). They did try a cortisone shot around one of the L?? (forget which one) that had a little degeneration. Did not help at all.
 
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debs_bears responded:
I have to agree with Joy that a Ct-scan would most likely tell you what is going on and also try to get in to a Neurosurgeon Spine doctor.


I had a Ct-scan for something other than my spine and it picked up that I have a new compression fracture of the L4. I bent down to move my wheel of my bed off the remote and stood up felt and heard a pop accompanying with horrific pain.


So maybe all the different kinds of exercise could have tweaked something. I am no doctor but I believe you need to have more tests especially now that you have the numbness going on.
It is my prayer that you have a Blessed Day in all that you do. ~~~Debbie~~~
 
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bj1208 replied to debs_bears's response:
Nobody102 -

Even if you think it's a sciatic nerve in your hip/leg it usually always starts with a disc problem. You already indicated you had an injection at the L but not sure which disc - more than likely the disc is the L5 as that is the lowest disc and the one that carries all the stress (actually the entire Lumbar discs do) and this one is the most troublesome one to start with problems.

A disc can be herniated (you may or may not feel the pains) and could be pressing on the S1 nerve root that runs thru the hip and down the leg. Having the CT Scan done will help the Spine Doc with a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Please keep us posted what you find out~~
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~
 
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nobody102 replied to bj1208's response:
Thanks. I went back to the Ortho yesterday. He thinks it is a disc issue. Getting an MRI next week. Still hurts like hell, but I can walk a bit now.
 
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bj1208 replied to nobody102's response:
Hi

I'm glad u are getting an MRI next week. Keep us posted what you find out
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~
 
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nobody102 replied to bj1208's response:
Got my MRI results today, and all lumbar discs are normal - no herniation. Dr thinks I have Meralgia paresthetica . Put on stronger nsaids for a month.
 
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bj1208 replied to nobody102's response:
Hi hopefully I can paste the site explaining this and what causes it.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/meralgia-paresthetica/basics/causes/con-20030852

great! This should help answer some questions
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~


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