Hip, Hip, Hoo-arrrgggghhh
November 1, 2012 5:04 PM Subscribe
I've suddenly developed a weird hip pain issue that it's hard for me to even articulate well enough in order to explain to my doctor without sounding like a weirdo. Have you ever had anything like this?
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit to health & fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First of all, I have rheumatoid arthritis which is in an active stage right now and take a boatload of medications for it, including long-term prednisone therapy. I've never had any pain in my hips that I would identify as arthritis pain.
I've had two episodes of a sudden and excruciating pain, one last week which began at night while I was sleeping and once this morning when I was half-awake but still lying in bed. I'm not sure how the first episode began since I was asleep but I awoke because of a sharp pain in my right hip. I kept trying to find a position that would ease the pain with no success and then I suddenly had an excruciating (and I don't use that word lightly) burning pain along my entire shin. I couldn't remain in bed it hurt so bad and kept sitting, standing, walking, constantly changing position trying to find something that would help it. I took some of the strong pain medication I have for emergencies and after maybe a half-hour to an hour was able to finally go back to sleep with the pain easing off. When I awoke a couple of hours later, the pain was gone and there was just sort of a minor residual soreness in my hip. I almost felt as if I had dreamed it all and wondered if I just imagined how bad it was because of my sleeping state.
This morning I had a second episode while lying in bed, on my back, while I was half awake (but certainly not dreaming or imagining it). The same right hip felt as if it had a catch in it or needed to pop. I didn't even think about the previous pain I had in that hip until I shifted position to ease the "catch" and I once again had the sudden excruciating burning pain, this time on the outside of my calf and across the top of my foot into my big toe and in the arch on the bottom side of my foot. It was so painful I was practically hyperventilating and was grunting like I was in labor. Once again I dipped into my emergency supply of pain med, but this time it eased off much quicker, like in 15 minutes maybe. Again, now I just have a faint residual soreness in that hip.
A few other details --
I'm able to walk it on during the episodes without making the pain worse.
I have known degenerative disc disease in my neck, but I don't have any pain in my low back that would lead me to believe it's coming from my spine.
I have a pretty high tolerance to pain and because of my RA am pretty much in constant pain, but the intensity of this pain and my reaction to it (hyperventilating, moaning, not really able to talk) is scary. I was thinking this morning mid episode that there was no way I could drive myself to the doctor or the ER during an episode.
I definitely plan on bringing this to my doctor's attention and I know you are not my doctor and you can't give me medical advice. It just seems like such a weird sequence of events, I'm afraid the doctor will think I'm crazy. I'm really worried about the episodes happening more frequently or even becoming constant (!!!).
Sorry this got so long and thanks for any ideas or light you may be able to shed.