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Left buttock, hip, and thigh pain radiating down leg with numbness in lower extremity
I am a 50 yr old male, 6 feet tall with a BMI of 40 (overweight by 90 lbs). Recently I have had pain (scale 1-10, 8 to 9) when I put my left leg over right to put on socks. The pain starts in the upper part of my hip and radiates down leg. Left foot at times gets numb. I went to Orthopod and he xrayed hip and pelvis. Said hip and pelvis looks fine. He palpated my hip and buttock. I felt as if I were going through roof. He said it is sciatica and IT band and possible trochanter bursitis. He ordered 8 wks of Phys Therapy, twice a week. The physical therapist had me raise both feet, heals down on table, and wanted me to try and hold him back from pushing them to the table. Right foot strong, left foot pushed to table effortlessly. Same done with toes. They have done stem, ultra sound, ice and I have done push ups, and he has force my left leg over right to stretch para formis(?). My pain is worse today (BEEN 10 days) I take Relafen, Hydro codone for pain (do not like to take due to constipation) I am a drug rep with large territory and driving only makes worse. When sitting and trying to cross left leg over right to put on sock, it brings such pain that I tear up and it takes several attempts to get sock on. Ice seems to help. I am frustrated and want to know what is going on. I am fairly active and this has put a damper on my lifestyle and with my wife, intimately. I guess I need an MRI. PT seems to think with stretching and stem/ice/ ultra sound/exercise, this can be fixed. When I had kidney stone, pain was bad but did not affect my gait when I walked or ankle/calf pain/stress. What do you think this could be and what should I do next?
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I have felt your pain...not sure of the left foot pushing to table...I'd agree on sciatica, have you considered massage, to help w/ muscles, or chiropractor...pinched nerve somewhere, is it possible...I hate to ask...worst case scenario...did they check for stroke symptoms? MRI sounds neccessary. I don't want to recc. something, and it cause you more pain,try lying on your right side shoulders/hips parallel(works best on bed flat surface off of ground), bend your knee slightly, and slowly drop your knee off side, let it hang, to give you that stretch. Have someone help you the 1st time so if it starts hurting they can help you get back into position. I had severe sciatica when i was prego. w/ my 2nd. This helped tremendously. I hope it helps you...Only advice, not doc, just someone who has been thru same thing you have. Best of health to you...
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It's your psoas / iliacus  hip flexors  very common to what I do.  See them all the time!
If lunges don't work  try doing some gentle deep tissue work.   Ovious ly with a qualified tissue person.. If you cant find one ..my # 408 329 3900   paul
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