Lower back and buttock, hip and groin pain
(London, United kingdom )
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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.
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 Barrie Lewis