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Eldergays, tell me about hip, joint and back pain

I'm a fucking idiot. I'm only 41 and I think I may have really hurt myself through the stupidest manner -- inactivity. Or, rather, sitting too much. A year ago, my company was acquired and with that acquisition came a promotion for me and an almost overwhelming amount of responsibility. Most days, I've been working up to 12 hours in the office, grabbing dinner, finishing up work for a couple more hours at home and maybe watching TV for an hour before heading to bed. They've finally agreed to let me hire a couple of new folks to give me some more work-life balance.

I was incredibly stupid not to have gotten a sit-stand desk (at work and at home.) I had already started to experience some moderate hip pain (both sides) and lower back pain when sitting for extended periods (it would come and go -- not constant, not acute). I was planning on asking my doctor about it on my next visit. And, then, last week, just bending down to put my socks on, I got a horrible sharp pain in my lower back and instantly stiffened. After a couple of days, went to urgent care, they gave me a couple of shots and prescriptions for anti-inflammatory drugs and a 7-day oral steroids regimen.

After a couple of days on the steroids, the pain was subsiding and I was getting more mobility. But, once the regimen ended the pain flared back worse than before -- always triggered especially by sitting or when moving from sitting to standing and vice versa.

Now, I'm being referred for an MRI and to see an orthopedic pain specialist. My uneducated hunch is that it's not a herniated disc and that it's more related to my terrible choice to remain seated for most of the past year.

So... any advice on what I should ask the orthopedic pain specialist about? Especially if the MRI doesn't show a specific issue like a herniated disc? Don't worry, I WILL be getting professional medical care, but I know some of you have probably been through something like this and I'm happy to take any advice. For now, heat therapy and lying flat on a hard surface can offer temporary relief, but it's always temporary.

I'm hoping this can be 'fixed' through a combination of pain therapy, physical therapy, using a sit-stand desk and regular aerobic exercise (which I have neglected for the past year.) I'm going to hang my head in shame if I end up needing surgery or god forbid, hip replacements at age 41 all because of my poor choices over the past year.

Sorry for the long post. I know I'm being a Mary! None of my friends or colleagues my age or younger have experienced this so I'll take any advice (or scolding) you can offer. Right now, 90% of my day I'm in severe pain and I only really get relief when I finally fall asleep.

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by Anonymousreply 10January 26, 2023 3:56 PM

[quote] Especially if the MRI doesn't show a specific issue like a herniated disc?

It will show exactly that.

I hurt my back - not from the same reasons but the event and aftermath sounds the same as what happened to you. Disc issue. Do physio, swimming and stretch your hamstrings every morning before doing anything else. Your back compensates for your legs not being stretched properly and that generates a lot of stress on your lower back. But definitely see a physio as soon as you get the scan results, helped me no end.

by Anonymousreply 1January 26, 2023 4:53 AM

Swimming. Yoga. Gentle stretching. See if you can get PT first.

by Anonymousreply 2January 26, 2023 5:03 AM

Walk with your buttocks clenched ✊️

by Anonymousreply 3January 26, 2023 5:06 AM


by Anonymousreply 4January 26, 2023 5:12 AM

I saw a physical therapist for my sitting job / back issues.

What helped me:

1. Hanging on my chin-up bar (traction on back). I try to do this a few times during the day. Super easy and effective.

2. Lying on my 3-foot foam roller, ~ $20 from Amazon. I don’t use this every day, but it does feel good and does crack my back.

by Anonymousreply 5January 26, 2023 5:21 AM

Stretching, yoga, walk more. Hot baths, heating pads, more stretches.

by Anonymousreply 6January 26, 2023 12:03 PM

Sitting is the new smoking.

by Anonymousreply 7January 26, 2023 3:18 PM

Hip replacement at your age in unlikely unless you have a genetic predisposition for it. Once you get the results of the MRI stick to your physical therapy schedule and at home exercises. Make this the biggest priority of your day.

I bet you that your CEO is physically fit and makes time to work out.

by Anonymousreply 8January 26, 2023 3:28 PM

With all the information available to you, and your first response is Steroids? Give PT a chance, take a walk, ride a bike

by Anonymousreply 9January 26, 2023 3:43 PM

Fat hips sink ships.

by Anonymousreply 10January 26, 2023 3:56 PM
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