Arthritis in the hip....with back pain

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Bleatarn
Bleatarn Member Posts: 11
edited 11. Feb 2011, 17:57 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi all

I am new to this forum. I have been suffering over the last year with chronic back pain and have also found out that I have OA in both my hips. Up until a year ago I have been fairly active, but now am living everyday in pain in my lower back. Various consultants have suggested that the two are not related, but wonder whether anybody else who has hip arthritis has suffered with back pain.

Graham

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  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi graham
    I can't help I am sorry, but I am sure some one will come along.
    Just wanted to say hello and welcome
    Juliepf x
  • caterina57
    caterina57 Member Posts: 1,424
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Graham
    Welcome to our forum, I hope that you the find help and support that I have.
    I have the opposite problem I Lumbar and Cervical Spondylosis O/A and have recently started to have pain in my right hip, I am unsure if this is because of the way that I am walking due to the chronic back pain I have or If Arthur has progressed to my hip.
    I am sure that others will be along shortly to share their experiences
    Cath
  • constable
    constable Member Posts: 2,115
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I have arthritis in the one hip and I do have lots of pain in the lower back, xrays showed that I do have arthritis in the lower back too. Do you not find your hips are painful to

    Karenxx
    Karen xx
  • Nellyphant
    Nellyphant Member Posts: 27
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I've just been diagnosed with advanced OA in both hips (I'm only 40) and have suffered with low back pain since 1987 and my hip flexibility started to deteoriate at the same time. My take on it is that the back pain is muscular due to the change in my walk/stride. I do get hip pain but the pain in my back is worse. I also have OA in both knees. I would like to get my spine checked too as I've had back and neck problems for a very long time.
  • Bleatarn
    Bleatarn Member Posts: 11
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Karen,

    My right hip does hurt but bearable, but its my lower back thats the problem. Every time I do the exercises my physio says, days after my back goes into spasm and I find it difficult to walk. My physio has given me a TENS machine to try. I seem to take one step forward and two steps back. Very frustrating!

    Graham
  • chris7
    chris7 Bots Posts: 2,696
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Graham

    Just been on your Tens thread and see you here trying to fathom all this. It is a nightmare eh? :roll: I think the OA in the hips does affect the way we walk and has to sometimes sadly lead to problems in either the back or knees or both. I wonder why your Consultants think differently? Have they given you a reason? In your case perhaps the back is the bigger problem than the OA in the hips? The physio I had some time ago did attempt to retrain me to walk properly which is less of a strain on the back, but in my case it was a short term fix. These days my back is generally ok but I cop it in the knees which as far as I know are athritis free. Confusing isn't it? :???: I hope the physio does bring some benefits for you. Let us know how you get on.
    take care
    Chris
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Graham
    Sorry I am has confused has you are, I am waiting to have an THR, but my pain has always been in my knees...referred they call it, but I have OA in my back, but I was convinced it was coming from my hips....my consultant says hip pain always goes down and not up.
    So there you go.
    I wish you well with your treatment
    Barbara x
    Love
    Barbara
  • katie5
    katie5 Member Posts: 242
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi

    just want to say hello - I've OA in spine and sacroiliac joint which causes pain in my left hip. Sorry I can't help much but from personal experience referred pain is a big problem!

    take care

    Katie x
  • speedalong
    speedalong Member Posts: 3,315
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Graham and welcome.

    Yes indeed they are more than likely related!!

    Remember orthos are only interested in bones and the pain is probably in the muscles and soft tissues. If you have trouble with your hips - then your back is probably compensating for them and having to work harder and ways in which it was never designed to. Ask your GP for a physio referral or refer yourself and if you can afford it, book yourself in for a few sports/remedial massages too. Treating your trigger points too can help - let me know if you want info on this.

    Speedy
    I have had OA since mid twenties. It affects my hips and knees. I had a THR on the left aged 30 and now have a resurface-replacement on the right - done May 2010.