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Chronic back and hip pain

Hi, I am 30 year old female.  For the last 5 years I have been living with chronic back and hip pain that radiates down my leg to my ankle.  I originally hurt myself on the job.  Work-comp claimed at the time that I had strained the muscles in my back from the constant bending.  After light duty, meds, and therapy I was released back to full duty and told that I would have no permanent damage.  A few months later I moved to another state.  The ride in the car killed my back, and I started having trouble sleeping.  I went to a new doctor and she tried meds and shots but couldn't get rid of the pain or inflammation.   I was then sent to a back specialist who told me that he thought I had stretched the ligaments in my hip.  He started me back on physical therapy which yes helped for a little while but then the pain comes right back.  Well now here we are 5 years later.  I finally got in with an orthopedic doctor.  After 5 different x-rays over the years I finally got an MRI done on my back.  Only to be told that there is nothing significant on it.  I was given a cortisone shot and sent home.  I have now seen 7 different doctors, 3 physical therapist.  I have been told a million different things as to what could be wrong with me but no real answers.  I have torn up my stomach with ibuprofens and other drugs like this.  I have had to take muscle relaxers just so I can sleep at night because the pain is so bad.  I don't know what to do anymore, this is so depressing.  Any suggestions?


  • solsa55ssolsa55 CaliforniaPosts: 2
    edited 10/14/2016 - 12:51 AM
    Hi Raja,

    I had a lot of luck taking ginger and hyaluronic capsules for lower back pain.   Ginger is anti-inflammatory and hyaluronic helps cushion the joints.   I found I had to take 4 pills of each one to get results.  I happen to use organic ginger capsules, which I found to be a lot fresher than standard ginger.   My hyaluronic acid capsules had "biocell collagen II" and hyaluronic acid, from doctors best.   Ginger worked for me, but many people prefer tumeric or curcumin (the active ingredient in the tumeric) capsules.    I had to take a fairly large dose of these to get an effect, a smaller dose allowed the symptoms to return.    These might be an alternative to taking NSAIDs for you, they worked better than NSAIDs for me and no stomach side effects.

    For sciatica, I've had luck with topical capsaicin cream from the drug store.   It's super potent, so some people cannot tolerate it.   Capsaicin is the substance that makes hot peppers hot.  Buy a pack of vinyl gloves along with your capsaicin cream, and always wear gloves to apply.   Test out a small spot to make sure you can handle it, then wait 2 hours since the capsaicin effect will kick in after 30-60 minutes.   The cream will keep working for 2-3 days and is very hard to wash off completely, so don't commit to a big amount until you know you can handle it.   Apply to lower back and/or side of leg.   Apply where skin is thick.  For example, it might be too hot for the thin skin on the sides of your heel.   Don't get it near the skin between your toes -- it will be too hot for that tender skin.  I've had some bad sciatica and this has worked for me.   Your mileage may vary.   Water reactivates the cream, so your skin will get pretty hot during a shower or bath.

    Hope the above info is helpful.   These items are inexpensive and might be worth a try.

    For more info on capsaicin, research "substance P" on the internet.   Capsaicin depletes substance P, one of the main pain transmitters in the body.

    Warning: Before you try any supplement, herb, over the counter item, exercise program, mechanical aid, brace, etc always consult with your doctor to make sure you get their approval. Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..  

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

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