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I have degenerative herniated disc at L4-5, am 36. Lately, my left hip just kills especially when I wake up in the morning. Strangely, it hurts a lot more when I sleep on my bed. When I elevate my upper body and sleep on the couch, it hurts significantly less. Is my disc the main culprit?

My neurosurgeon says my L4-5 is almost bone to bone that I need a fusion. I'm scared to get a surgery and want to live with it as long as I can.
I am anxious to hear from others as I too have the same problem. Mine is not a problem in bed and actually, being in bed helps. I'm usually ok in the morning and by afternoon it's screaming. By evening, it is shooting down my legs as well as the hip. Is it time for fusion?
[QUOTE=Josie115]I am anxious to hear from others as I too have the same problem. Mine is not a problem in bed and actually, being in bed helps. I'm usually ok in the morning and by afternoon it's screaming. By evening, it is shooting down my legs as well as the hip. Is it time for fusion?[/QUOTE]


It has been my understanding that can be a serious indication that you need to see an ortho or a neurologist. They can do a test to see if it is something pressing on the nerve. Have you checked into Sciatica? When your back hurts, it shoots over to your hip and down your leg, those are symptoms that warrant a call to the emergency room. If you lose control of your body functions it can be your body shutting down.

It sounds like putting pressure on the hips/back and that nerve is bad for you since lying down seems to help. Mine turned out to be a bulging disk and the ligament that ran from my back to my hip.

When you lay down it takes the pressure off. As you go through the day more and more weight and stress is placed on it. If I were you I would be on the phone to doctors for tests. A test that you can do for your self is to lay down flat on the floor and try to raise one leg straight up. Can you? Does it hurt? Where does it hurt? This is a test that the doctor will do.

For the longest time I had a pain in my groin. The doctor told me that I had a female problem and sent me for expensive tests which were invasive, embarrassing, as well as expensive. The PM thought that it was an ovary problem. It turned out that it was NOT that but a ligament. It took about ten year for us to finally figure this out. I had never thought to ask my DO since he only worked on backs. I tried two gynecologists and several tests that were negative before I mentioned it in passing to the DO. Problem solved.

He told me that, like the song that we sang as kids about the bones, you know the one, that everything is connected. Stand quietly for a moment and get in touch with your pain. Where is it originating from? Where is it radiating to? What makes it feel better? Write all of this down so that you have it in hand when you call for an appointment.

Don't be like me and pay for tests that you don't need so that doctors can earn their names of "practicing physicians". :nono:





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