My hip is problematic with clicking and pain
Six years ago this month, and almost to the day, I was coughing and 'went out'. Falling on my butt and landing on a floor air vent, damaging my sacral area. I started right off going to the chiropractor and telling him of my 'accident' and the resulting problem. The area affected, swelled up horizontally to the right from my sacrum, the size of a Bic cigarette lighter.
Then a couple of weeks later I had a vehicle accident that stressed that area to the left and the right.
Eventually I was experiencing what I can only refer to as being comparable to ALS. I even had difficultly swallowing, along with fierce fatigue, as my muscles got more and more tensed up over time, all over my body. Getting up to go to the bathroom required nearly 1 hour of rest to recuperate from the trip. I went to three different chiropractors and eventually I got somewhat loosened up but eventually the fatigue got to be too much and I stopped going to chiropractors, taking some time off.
Then I returned and thing got somewhat better and my body got to where I could tolerate more and more. Eventually, a year ago there was pain from my right hip that was so bad I ended up using a crutch to get around.
Eventually with going to the chiropractor, using the crutch and the discovering Yoga, the stiffness or tension in my muscles are all but gone, but I have to keep on it with the Yoga. I am nearly able to walk unassisted with no pain from my right hip. But it does now feel, quite weak at times. I have been using a walker for the last few months so things got 'evened out' as opposed to using the crutch.
My hip seems to have gone through many adjustments on it own. I have pain at times in any given area of my right leg seemingly depending where my hip is at, then with a simple movement, such as leaning to the right my hip will click and the pain will go away. Then I'll get up to move and later on I get pain from my hip to another muscle in my leg. Eventually with any random movement my hip will click and THAT pain will subside.
This has gone on for months. Pain, click, then no pain. I just had some pain, and the simple movement of getting up from the chair caused it to click. The pain went away. Now after sitting for awhile to type this I got up and now there is pain while walking. It'll click again later and it'll be fine. When I get into my van, on the passenger side, it is very difficult to lift my right leg. After being in the seat for awhile and I attempt to exit it, my right leg is first out, and when I extend my leg downwards, I have to be careful because there will be a catch in my hip that hurts terribly before I get past it, then it sometimes hurts to walk, sometimes not.
In addition to all this I noticed a couple of months ago that while laying flat on my back on the floor I cannot lift my right leg. There is a 'dead' sensation that extends from the very bottom of my lower back, on the back side, of my right leg, to my knee, when I try to lift it.
I said all that to ask this. (1) What causes all the clicking in my hip? (2) What is my problem that I cannot lift my right leg off the floor?
Did I damage or sever a nerve when I damaged my sacrum, that affects lifting my right leg?Hello Don,
There's a lot of confusion over the term 'hip'. Anatomically it refers to the ball and socket, with pain in the groin and side of the upper leg which is misbehaving.
But many folk, including chiropractors and doctors I might say, use the term hip to describe the sacroiliac joint; they are connected obviously, and affect each other, but are really two distinct entities.
Now, when you talk of your hip clicking, I'm not really sure which you mean. Both affect walking, and getting in and out of the car. That fall on the sacral area obviously stirred up one, or both. When the joint is unstable then it can click as it subluxates.
What I would recommend is that you start some gentle hip and sacroiliac joint exercises EVERY morning before getting out of bed.
Start with the lower back exercises that you'll find in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help and then, if it's strong enough you may want to move on to the hip exercises described at the page below; they may be too tough.
When you can't raise your leg, is it because of pain, or is it just too weak to lift?
You may well have what we call an impingement syndrome in the hip; then it becomes stiff and painful, may click and getting in and our of a chair, or the car becomes difficult; and, if you don't exercise it, it becomes arthritic.
Reading between the lines it seems that some of that chiropractic is helping; continue with the best person you have found. Has an x-ray of your pelvis been taken?
I hope all of this makes some sense.
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