I'm soon to be 64 years old in July. When I was 28 years old SUDDENLY my left leg began to ache really bad. It would throb so badly at night that I would have my husband try to pull on it (it felt like something needed to be popped back into place. (Like a finger when it needs to be popped.) I waited a full year before I told my Mom because I thought it was cancer of the bone. (A very STUPID thing for me to do.) She immediately got me to go to an Orthopedic specialist and we discovered that I had a VERY advanced case of Osteoarthritis on my left hip. So severe that it needed to be replaced soon but because I was so young they had me wait as long as I could stand it. I waited until I was 35 years old. ( They had me on Tylox 6 times a day for a year and Darvocet 100's since I was originally diagnosed so that I would be able to put off the surgery.) They wanted me to wait because the hip joints at that time were made for the elderly people that wouldn"t put much wear and tear on them. When they finally did the surgery they discovered that there was absolutely NO hip joint left at all. They had NO idea how I had been able to walk. I used a cane for the past 5 years.
Sorry to make this so long, but wanted you to see that it DEFINITELY happens in young people (they guessed I had it since I was around 15 years old). It also just begins to cause pain suddenly. I'm so SORRY that you will have to face this pain. Please do what your Dr. tells you to do and if it is arthritis see if he can send you to a Rheumatologist. They will be able to help you or send you to Pain Management.
Again I hope this is not arthritis it makes for a VERY long road ahead for someone so young.
Best of luck to you and please let us no the outcome.--Sherry
Welcome to the Pain Mangement Forum. I am glad that you found us and took the time to post. I am very sorry to hear about your shoulder pain. We all know how difficult chronic pain is to deal with on a daily basis. You've come to the right place.
Sherry has given you some great information. Indeed arthritis can happen almost "over night." There are several types of arthritis, osteoarthritis, which is the most common and generally seen in older adults. There is also rheumatoid arthritis which is less common but usually more crippling. They are both very painful.
I too suggest that you request a referral to a rheumatologist. They are the experts in treating inflammatory disease, especially arthritis. However I would want to rule out other causes before I jumped to the conclusion that your pain is caused by arthritis.
An x-ray is a good starting point but there are other imaging that will provide your physician with a more detailed picture, such as an MRI.
Because you have a history of spinal structure problems I would not to be assured that this pain is not related to a thoracic or cervical spine problem. Again imaging can rule those conditions in or out.
It is unfortunate that you have a history of addiction as your pain may become significant. The first option in treating an inflammatory disease will obviously be NSAID. There are some good prescription MSAID available but they can play havoc with your GI system. Of course there are other options available such as steroidal injections an oral bursts of steroids. But it's probably too soon to discuss them until you have a definitive diagnosis.
I wish you the best of luck and hope that you will keep in touch with us and let us know how you are doing. Be assertive and insist on answers.
Are you seeing an orthopedic?
My story in short version. Had shoulder pain for two years, my PCP could never figure it out. Did an x-ray, & MRI, few days later he said all looked normal, but wanted me to go see a sports doctor (orthopedic) too see if they could help. I have never had a trauma too the area, nor do I do repetitive motions. I am right handed, & it was my left shoulder. Saw ortho, he himself looked at MRI film himself, showed me the fluid, cyst, & inflammation. Long story short, the intial radiologist either did not bother to really look at it or he missed it all together. I ended up having to have a tenodesis & scoping of the bones. That was in Jan 10, all better & pain free. Of course I still do home excersies to get strength back, but pain all gone. I did try the injections before surgery, for some reason the fluid & inflammation just kept expanding. Never learned why my shoulder became that way. I guess as we get older things fall apart, not sure. I am only 39.
If you don't see an orthopedic at the moment it could not help trying one. The one I saw deals with sports injuries.
Good luck, hope it gets better, I know the night pain all to well & feel for you.
thanx to you all for the advice i had my xrays done a couple days ago and for some reason the results still have not got to my dr so all i can do now is hope and prey that it is something that is not going to be another life long problem for me because even tho i had surgery on my back oh and by the way i saw u said sholder pain could be from back problems but im not sure if my back problems would cause sholder pain or not but what was wrong with my back was i had two fractures in my l5 vert and had to get 2 bone fusions one on each side of my vert and 2 screws i dont think that would have and effect on my shoulders but then again i really dont know well thanx again for all the help and i will surely keep yall posted on everything i find out
My uncle very recently had a cervical fusion. Prior to surgery he had tremendous shoulder and and some arm pain. He could not lift his arm very high or it caused great pain in his shoulder. Almost immediately after surgery his shoulder pain was 90% better.
Please don't think that I am saying that is the cause of your pain. I just think it could be a possibility that should be considered.
We'll look forward to your next update.
thats weird that you say that because actually about 7 months ago i had to have to fusions done on my l5 vert and also two screws due to two fractures one on each side of the l5.
but my doc did not get my report from my xrays friday so i have to go in tomorrow and hopefully he has them but it had def not got any better actually i would say worse because my shoulder is still giving me alot of problems and hurting during the day now to and this weekend my girlfriend and I went to a festival friday and sat and by the middle of the day on friday my right hip was hurting so bad that i could hardly walk but i kept going because her and my mom both say the pain i am having is coming from me not getting enough excercise since i have had back surgery but i know that is not what it is because the pain that i felt in my leg is a pain i have never felt before and i do not believe that is the cause and i am more and more worried now that it is some kind of arthritis in my joints just because of th hip pain i am having that i have never had before because that is two of my joints i have never had problems with that have both started hurting in the last month and i have not had any kind of injuries on either
well thanx for all the help again and ill keep everyone posted