lateral back pain

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I have had back pain, over the area of my left kidney, off and on for years. I also have had lateral hip pain off and on for years. Ive been checked for kidney problems and none were found. I had an EMG on my leg and it was normal. I have had xrays of my hip, no arthritis. I had an MRA and it was normal though there was one small inflamed area that I could see but was not mentioned in the report. I've had 6 weeks of PT with deep muscle ultra sound. I also had a cortisone injection that seemed to aggravate the problem. The hip pain is getting worse and more often. The ortho Dr said I could do more PT, though I don't want to and they were doing PT for bursitis which did not show up on the MRA. He said I could see a neurologist to see if I had a back problem and my hip pain being referred pain or he could do a scope on my hip. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I had something similar with my knee. All avenues were persued and nothing found. The Dr did a scope and found I had plica that was cutting into the bone. Please give advice. Thanks.

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    Hi Victoria13635,

    I am sorry to hear of your mirrors my own frustration with the system and shows the limitations of investment into these issues and ultimately the lack of understanding and compassion by doctors - sometimes I think they're just glad to get you out of the door.

    I just don't think its right that some people endure years of pain without proper intervention and being taken seriously.

    I'm afraid I can't offer any medical advice as your problems are different to mine, however it might be worth exploring CBT as a way of coping? It's something I am dubious about but I have heard some very encouraging comments as your head needs to be in the right place to be able to 1. cope with the pain and 2. To think clearly about the next step to take.

    Don't give up - there are people that have some out the other side through sheer persistence and are now pain free.

    Bizarrely one thing that has been reported to help in the past is a short course of anti-biotics for long term chronic back pain - the experts aren't quite sure how/why it works but some people have benifitted from this action. Might be something worth exploring.

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    I think you might want to consider seeing a pain management doctor . They do more than just control your pain . I mean they might be able to find what's going on where maybe your family doctor is missing something. A neurologist is good for that too but a pain management doctor can help you deal with your pain also.

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      Thank you for the reply. I did see pain management a few years ago. Because she could twist my leg without pain she didn't know what was wrong. They gave me an injection in my back that did nothing. I did not return.

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