I have had for several months pain that seems to start primarily in the left hip joint and at its worst radiates down my left leg sometimes to my ankle. This expert forum is not accepting new questions. I feel and hear a popping sound in the joint and there is VERY severe pain. I had an MRI and X-rays of the left hip and leg and they said my hip and leg were fine that spinal stenosis was causing pressure on the nerve and that was causing the leg pain in joint — Next week I am scheduled for an ESI but it the popping sound and severe pain in my hip joint concerns me — could nerve pain cause that?
Thank you for any answers. Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with your doctor. Without the ability to obtain a history from you and examine you, I can not comment on the exact cause of your symptoms.
However, I will try to provide you with some information regarding this matter. It sounds like you have left hip and leg pain, and you are concerned about your hip joint and nerve pain. This would be best evaluated by an orthopedic specialist. However it sounds like you have spinal stenosis, and one possible explanation to your symptoms is a radiculopathy. The spinal cord is encased by bones called vertebra. Nerves start to form as they come off the spinal cord and exit through holes formed between the vertebra.
If a nerve is compressed on as it exits through these holes, particularly in an area called the nerve root, a radiculopathy results. The compression could be due to arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis as in your case, or due to a herniated disc or other lesions. In more advanced cases, muscle weakness or sensory symptoms such as tingling or numbness may occur. NCS which assesses how fast the nerve conducts electricity and how the muscle responds. This type of test is done by neurologists in most centers. For the majority of people, non-surgical treatment is the first option. One indication for surgery is if there evidence that a nerve is being compressed on to the point that its function is impaired.