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    problem getting dressing due to low back problem
    marieh9 posted:
    marieh9 posted: I have posted previously but had a new question. I was injured several times 1. dog attached by least to pants pulled me forward. 2. PT was doing a manual adjustment did wrong leg and caused major pain, sat too much. 3. was laying on bed with knees bent and left knee fell out to left side (free fall) and I felt a tear but don't know if there was. I have had chronic pain since in one spot on my low back near the L5-S1 area on the buttock sort of near the SI joint. I had a MRI of lower back and bone scan before injury #3 and it was totally normal. I had a hip Xray after injury 3 and it was also normal. After injury 3 I can cross my left leg over the right knee while sitting but not the same as the right side. When I try, the muscles in the left buttock are very tight and I get increased pain in the injury area mentioned above but it doesn't last into the next day. After a year and a half I still can't cross that leg properly and was told to stop trying to cross it for about 6 months until my pain when down. The pain is getting better but I tried again to cross it and it still is frozen. I need to be able to dress and can't bend either. Will I be able to loosen it up if I keep trying? Is there something wrong that I should get checked or is it just scar tissue? what should I do? I am walking a hour a day including hills and doing some chores and driiving but I can't do all my chores yet. Any suggestions on how to start bending without hurting myself?
    thanks in advacne for any suggestions.
    annette030 responded:
    If you are questioning your own doctor, ask for a referral to a specialist (if you even need a referral). Get a second opinion.

    Take care, Annette
    marieh9 replied to annette030's response:
    No I'm not questioning my doctor. I wanted advice from people with experience. That is why we are all on here. I have see many doctors including many specialists.Orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, pain doc, integrative pain med doc, GP, neurologist (think that is all of them). I am improving but since I can't go to physical therapy I need other options. My doctor said it was ok to try to cross the leg finally but he doesn't give advice as to how. He knows I don't want to go to PT again and agrees and is trying to get me to do it on my own. Well, I don't know how to do that. I can cross it but was wondering if it gives me pain but not when I do it but later and the pain doesn't last into the next day is that ok or not? I probably will go back again but not for a few months.
    annette030 replied to marieh9's response:
    Sorry, but you have multiple injuries and are asking rather specific to you questions about scar tissue, etc.

    No one here has exactly the same injuries as you do, so I would suggest you see a physiatrist (physical action or sports doctor) for a second opinion. I bet your own doctor would be glad to have another set of eyes looking at this picture.

    Take care, Annette
    marieh9 replied to annette030's response:
    Hi if you look at my last reply I saw a physicatrist and she was worthless. She said I dunno.
    ctbeth replied to marieh9's response:
    It sounds as if you've had a few injuries, but have not had any imaging studies since injury # three, which is when the discomfort exacerbated.

    Why do you not want to go to PT? The PT can teach you exercises that you can do at home and may suggest to your MD if you should have further imaging studies.

    You have the pain after crossing your legs, and chronic lower back pain, is this correct? Is it knee pain or lower back pain that is the problem?

    It's a little confusing.

    I hope you can tell us a little more clearly what it is exactly that we can offer you input.

    Please write again, ok
    marieh9 replied to ctbeth's response:
    Hi CTBeth,
    thanks for your reply. No I have not had another MRI after injury #3 but I had a hip Xray. I don't want to go to another PT because I got injured really badly by one and hurt by another. I don't trust them any more. I am afraid I will get hurt again and go backwards. Normally I have chronic low back pain every day in the left buttock to the right upper buttock (gluteus maximus) and when I sit and cross the left leg over the right, it feels tight on the left side of the buttock and I can't keep it crossed for long. It doesn't hurt the spot near the gluteus maximus until about an hour later. Then the rest of the day it hurts but not into the next day until I try crossing it again. I figure that it is scar tissue or something that is frozen like a frozen shoulder. I can't open the left leg as far as I can the right when I cross it or even when I lay down with my knees bent and open the left leg to the left it doesn't open as far as when I open the right leg to the right (with the knee bent). It is low back pain not knee pain that is the problem. Also, when I first got injury #3 I could only lift my foot up off the floor about an inch or so while standing so I couldn't get outside over the step or step into the shower for about two months. I also couldn't reach to wash myself below the waist (privates). I finally loosened up and could wash myself and I finally got outside over the step but it took me a long time to walk as far as I am doing now. I was getting small "tweeks" or injuries that would last a week then later a few days from just moving the wrong way and finally after doing hills and getting stronger these small injuries went away. The intensity of the pain is much better now as well. So the walking has helped over time. Let me know if this clarifies things.

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