For probably a good 6 months now my right hip and down my leg has bothered me off an on. Then all of a sudden for the past 2 months it's gotten much worse. So bad that I can't sleep on my right side, which just happens to be my favorite side to sleep on. :( Driving, sitting, standing, etc. just kills me. I'm like a fish squiring in my chair at work all day. I finally gave in and called my normal doctor at the Bone & Joint clinic for a checkup. However, they didn't have an opening till August! So I requested to see a neuro doctor in Jackson who is supposed to be really good and I lucked up and got in to see him within a couple of weeks. With my history I figured it most likely was coming from my degenerative disc disease. Well shocker after 3 MRIs... it's not! They have now diagnosed me with a severe case of BURSITIS.
Originally the doctor thought just like me that one of my disc had to be herniated so he ordered a MRI of my lower back and one of my neck because he says usually within a 10 year period of someone having a disc fusion the disc above or below the fusion will fall apart and need surgery. I must say this got me SCARED! It's only been 5 years since my neck surgery and I waited almost too late when I finally went to the doctor for it. When they did my surgery the doctor told me I was at a major risk of being paralyzed. He said of all the tons of disc surgery he has done over the years he would put mine in the worst top 5 he's ever seen. :( So, yes at this point I'm beginning to worry. I started thinking back on how long my hip has been bothering me and wondering why I didn't just get it checked earlier... Probably cause I'm STUBBORN. Even some of my close friends were surprised when I told them how much pain I was having because I had not said anything about it being so bad. That's just me. I tend to hurt and not talk much about it in detail. Then when it gets to the point where I just can't take it any longer that's when I break and go to the doctor.
Anyway those 2 MRIs came back ok. He said my degeneration was still there, but he didn't think it was pressing enough on my spinal cord nerves for me to have so much hip pain so then he said we needed to do a MRI on the hip. He said, "I want to see what's cooking in that hip area". Yep...you guessed it... SCARED ME AGAIN! All I could think of was my friend that use to run many marathons until he had to have both hips replaced and now he no longer runs.
I had to wait another week for the appointment for the hip MRI and then a couple of days for the results. They FINALLY called me Tuesday with the results! He said he was actually looking for a stress fracture to show up which he says is common in women runners. The test showed no stress fracture. Thank you sweet Jesus! He says I have a bad case of BURSITIS. He wants to do a shot next week and then start me on some PT. If you don't know where hip bursitis hurts...well, here's a picture: