... sitting and standing. Also with every step i take and i can only spread my legs maybe 4 to 5 inches to walk. I was taking flexeril but it makes my mouth really dry and cakey. The pain is like no other pain. If i cough or sneeze I have to brace myself against a wall and pray. It feels like my back is broken. when I walk I can feel my hip bones move around like they are out of socket
Sounds like it could be a herniated disc pinching a nerve. Ouch! Nothing is more miserable than back pain! Are you taking any anti-inflammatory? Ibuprofen? Naproxen? An anti-inflammatory should help as long as you dont have an contradictions to taking them. There are other muscle relaxants out there other than Flexeril. I have taken Flexeril too and it does dry your mouth out considerably. It can also cause profound drowsiness which does get better in time but the dry mouth never goes away. Perhaps you could ask your Dr to prescribe a different one-tizanidine, robaxin, soma, and baclofen are some other choices. You are probably going to get the best relief from the muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory at this point but you may need a mild opioid pain reliever for a few days. Be sure to be using ice packs to the area for the first couple days then you can change over to heat packs.
1-2 days rest in bed MAX! It is best if you can do some light activity and walking. If it hurts too much though dont do it yet. If you have gotten worse since you last saw your Dr, you may need to see him again. If your legs are becoming progressively weaker, or if you lose control of your bladder or bowel, or if you cannot empty your bladder, then you need to be seen in the Emergency Room asap. Most back issues, even herniated discs, will get better in time on their own with conservative treatment. Ask your Dr when it is okay for you to do some stretching and ask them to show you some simple exercises to help strengthen your core muscles.
Like all of the people minus a few who are actully doctors & nurses & to me this seems like something I would go to a specialist because of what you said about your hip. People could go on and on speculating on whether its a herniated disc,syatica and so on and so on but without an M.R.I or x-rays it's a crap shoot. I myself would get professional help because the longer you wait the more damage you may be causing I know from experiance because I was in the hospital after bike accident and they did a head and neck x-ray & it was a good thing they did because they found that I had fractured my c-1 to c-2 vertebrae & I eventually had to have two C-1 to C-2 fussions The things the other poster are all good ideas to ease the pain ,but as I said with your hip thrown into the mix I'd at a minimum see your doctor & get his/her opinion. Good luck
Have you fallen? The fact you can't spread your legs makes me wonder if you have a pelvic fracture. Of course, they can happen without any trauma too. We all suffer from dry mouth from our meds, and a bottle of water is our constant companion. I would see my dr asap. If the pain gets too bad over the weekend, head to the er. Until you see a dr rest as much as possible and take ibuprofen or aleve.
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