Burning Pain Across Lower Buttocks To Outside Hip Area. Lack Of Range Of Movement.

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Asked by nancy

Burning Pain Across Lower Buttocks To Outside Hip Area. Lack Of Range Of Movement.

I have had burning pain and a knot in my lower right buttocks to the outside hip area. The pain often goes down my leg. Sitting and especially getting up and moving again can be terrible. I usually have to be certain to elevate my right leg to prevent the compression and pincing that is obviously going on. I can walk alright afer sitting although it takes a few minutes for the circulation/weakness to adjust. Standing for more than an hour or being on my feet in a restricted movement type of area causes the area to feel inflamed and so achy. Laying on my right side can be so painful if I don't put a pillow between my legs. One of the most frustrating things is that I have limited mobility in the right hip/groin area and so I have trouble putting a sock or shoe on my right foot. Ice works and feels wonderful for temporary relief. This situation has caused me to limit my activity and so I worry about the lack of exercise and movement actually making matters worse. I am 52 and prior to this enjoyed walking and dancing. It has creeped up on me over the past 5-7 years and now seems to consume me. I am forced to continue working as a teacher as I am single. This certainly effects my relationships as I often feel I must just suck it up but feel the cloud of chronic discomfort all over me. I am wondering if anyone else has experienced the lack of range of movement on the effected side along with the burning and pain? I don't want to go through a string of medical evaluations that only result in nothing more than guesswork and trial remedies. Knowing that others are experiencing the same is certainly comforting when so often I feel that I am here visiting from another planet. Thank you to anyone who can offer a word or thought of advice. With peace and prayer to all of you! Nancy

Answer

I understand your hesitancy about going through medical evaluations because I tend to be the same way, but when pain begins to affect and restrict your life as you describe, it really is time to get it checked. If you have a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) in your area, that would be a good place to start. He/she should be able to pinpoint what is causing your pain and give you effective treatment options.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards