Friday, October 02, 2009 Katherine, Community Member, asks

Q: Lower back pain that radiates to hips?

I've had lower back pain for a while, but recently I've been having alot of pain on both sides of my hips.  It's hard for me to walk and it's affecting my ability to work.  I can't lay on my back anymore, and I wake up a lot throughout the night due to the pain in my hips. X-rays show that I have some spinal degeneration and arthitis, but the pain medications don't seem to really treat the issue. Does anyone have advice?

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Lorie Stransky, Community Member
10/ 2/09 11:19pm

I also suffer from hip pain and unfortunately like to sleep on my side. No matter how many times I turn over and try to sleep on my back I always go right back to sleeping on my sides. I have had cortisone injections in my lower back and if you tell them you are also experiencing hip pain they can direct the relief to extend to your hips. Of course you need a qualified anastegiologist (wrong spelling) to do this kind of procedure, which is called lumbar (which means back) epidural. I live in Minnesota and go to MAPS clinic and they do a terrific job. Sometimes they need to do more than 1 injection to get the desired affect but it has helped me tremendously. You can also go to your Dr. and ask if your clinic will do trigger shots for just your hips. They also use cortisone for this but the procedure is not as big of a deal as the epidurals so most general practioners do this right in their office. Good Luck!

CWS, Community Member
7/ 1/12 11:30pm

Dear Lorrie, I read your reply and this is what I also have, after really no diagnosis and lots of pills and other stuff I think you have given me a little hope. By the way I also live in Minnesota, West Central Area and would like to know of the clinic you go to if you wouldn't mind. Thanks in advance. I have had the back epidurmals, and then about 2 years later the hip pain started. This is really worth a try as my

quality of life has really degenerated..thanks again CWS

Renee Culver, Editor
7/15/14 3:42pm



I'm sorry you're in such pain. One of the worst things about back pain is that we're all likely to limit our movement in order to try to be pain free, but over time that also means we become less flexible. Lower back pain is notorious for also causing hip-related pain, and ultimately being more active and flexible will be helpful. It can be tough to get moving when you're already sore, but if your doctor has prescribed pain medications that help, you might try some gentle stretching during the times when it is least painful. Many places offer gentle yoga or yoga for pain management, and those might be worth considering as well. Good luck to you, and as always, talk to your doctor before starting any activity that may stress your back.

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By Katherine, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/15/14, First Published: 10/02/09