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Saturday, August 09, 2008 gary, Community Member, asks

Q: Have had pain in lower back on left side, down left hip, left testicle, and down left leg to foot.

I have had pain in my lower back on the left side, radiating into my left hip, left testicle, and down my left leg to my foot. I have had for several years. Maybe twice, the pain all of a sudden stopped and switched to the right side instead of the left, but it only stayed on the right for a few minutes, then went back to the left side. It doesn't matter if I'm standing, lying down, or sitting. Twenty years ago I had trouble with my hips and the doctor said I had bone growing together in my lower back that was pinching nerves and he said would stop hurting after it grew together, but it never did. I have put up with pain for years, but I am getting tired of it.

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Me, Community Member
8/11/08 1:14pm

Have your sacrolitic hip joints x-rayed for fusing and fluids, and a blood test to see if you have the HLA-B27 gene. If doctor 20 years ago just said "it's just fusing and will quit hurting after fused", well, hopefully he tested you for Ankylosing Spondylitis. AS for short. Yeah, it quits hurting after fused but movement is lost. He could have started you on medication to slow (doesn't cure) the progresson. My significant other has AS that looking back started in his 20's with hip and lower back pain. He was told at the time it was probably a slipped disk. It wasn't. Since that time, now in his 40's, he has fused all the way up into his neck.

Me, Community Member
8/11/08 1:57pm

Too, have your Vitamin D level checked (blood test). I registered in the 30's, too low, and have been taking 10,000 IU's. Will be checked again in 3 months. I'm a woman in my 40's. Been dealing with lower back pain and hip pain one and off for awhile. Thought maybe I was getting Arthritis. A lot of people, men women and children, aren't high enough in their Vitamin D. My significant other with AS has also been put on 10,000 IU's and after 3 months is up to the level wanted. Very important with him as his bones are more on the brittle side than most people due to AS ( Ankylosing Spondylitis ).

david gutierrez, Community Member
9/ 2/11 11:54am

i have had chronic pain due to diverticulitis had surgery. started having pain again went in for an evaluation. ct scan discovered that diverticulitis had reappeared. having pain left lower back and left abdomen and rib cage

Amy Tudor, Editor
7/20/14 5:18am

Hi there, Gary -


Did you ever discover what was causing this issue? It sounds like you might have some nerve involvement in your lower back or pelvic area, and I hope you were able to see a doctor and get some relief. Perhaps you could come back and tell the other members of the community what your diagnosis was and how it was treated? It might be helpful to other people going through the same thing.


Also, here are some links that might be useful to you:



What Can Be Done About Nerve Pain?

Let's Talk Pain Meds


Be well!

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By gary, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/13/14, First Published: 08/09/08