Lower back and buttock, hip and groin pain

by Pia
(London, United kingdom )

Lighten up as you cross the femoral artery and nerve.

Lighten up as you cross the femoral artery and nerve.

I have fibromyalgia but for the last few months I had extreme pain in my lower back and down to the buttock that seems to be different from my normal fibro symptoms.

Symptoms are lower back pain, buttock pain, hip pain, groin pain, front and side thigh pain that now also goes down to my calves and feet. It's an aching dull raw pain combined with shooting nerve pain.

I struggle with everything from sitting down standing up walking up and down stairs and it keeps me up at night.

Please can you give me some advice as I only seem to get tablets from the doctor and they do nothing to ease, but I don't want tablets I want to deal with the root of this problem. Many thanks in advance.

Hello Pia,
You're right in becoming angry; it's a shame that medicine in the UK seems to be descending to just giving analgesics instead of a proper examination, and making a diagnosis; change your doctor.

Firstly about the fibromyalgia. Do some reading about the antiinflammatory foods that you could and should be including in your diet on a daily basis. If you are overweight, get it off; adipose tissue becomes a source of circulating inflammatory substances in the blood.

There are probably different things happening in your back and leg. Let's start with that hip, groin, front and side of thigh pain; it points to the hip joint. Lie on your back and pull the knee to the chest, to the opposite shoulder and then drop it down into the lotus position; compare with the other leg. Let me know what you feel.

Then, taking a little oil on your thumb, run it down from the ASIS, through the groin and down the inner thigh. Is it inordinately tender?

I would demand an x-ray of your pelvis if this throws up anything unusual.

Having come up with a tentative diagnosis for the groin and hip pain, we'll take the lower back issues further. Meantime start with doing our lower back exercises which you'll find in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help every morning before getting out of bed.

Let me know what you find.

Dr B

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Oct 28, 2017
Same pains
by: Jill Anthony

I have had the same pains as you for 8 years. He is spot on with the hip joint. After xrays standing up I was diagnosed with congenital hip dysplasia and because of it, osteoarthritis, torn and frayed labrum and femoral nerve impingement.

I have since had a total right hip replacement and it took a good 3 months to heal and feel most of the pain leave. Will be having lumbar MRI done. Hip dysplasia had my hips so spasmed that it pulled my lower back in, tilting my pelvis forward. I have never heard anyone so perfectly describe my symptoms as you just did. My legs felt heavy and achey, especially my calves. Bottom of feet super sensitive. I think they to to diagnose all our symptoms under one diagnoses when there is more that one thing going on. My sed rate, blood test for inflammation, would go up, but nobody seemed to care. So lucky I found it as they are stopping pain meds for most all people here now, in the USA. My prayers are with you!

Keep exercising your lower back Jill, every morning before getting out of bed.

Before going for lower back surgery, consider a consultation with a local experienced chiropractor to see if they could possibly make a contribution. Hip surgery is remarkably successful. Failed back surgery is common.

Dr B

Mar 18, 2017
Lower back and buttock, hip and groin pain
by: Anonymous

I don't have, and have never had fibromyalgia. However, after having a triple injury to my sacrum many years ago, I have for the last year or so, suffered with the same pains as you have.
After seeing someone on TV doing Yoga and using a couple of their moves, I found it was just VERY tight muscles. One move that I used began the healing process almost immediately, that day.
So using one or two of their stretching moves (that's all Yoga is), and a couple of my own that I came up with, for hip and leg muscles, my pains has almost been totally eliminated after a number of months of using those stretching 'moves'.
I looked on youtube for hints and tips in the area of 'hips' and 'legs', and that's how I came up with the moves I do. Be sure you do stretches for the upper portion of your body in conjunction with the lower part, as there is or will be a 'ripple' affect.

Be sure to consult with your doctor or chiropractor before beginning any stretching exercises.

Thanks for your contribution; exercising and stretching in one way or another helps virtually every chronic condition.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti-inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He is doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost pain-free. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he has taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily stroll has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift; he has a short leg.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

10. Mr X is a 71-year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a few months ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he could not sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71-year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

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