Some days, Dr. Google is my best friend. We spend a lot of time together.
After three orthopaedic hip surgeons, including the one who did the original hip joint arthroplasy on the right hip in 2012, told me there was nothing to be done for the split muscle on the side of and pain in the front of my right thigh, I decided to give Dr. Google a try.
First I found an anatomical illustration of the human leg, which led to the discovery of the iliopsoas muscles at the top of the thigh. Pronounced ilee-o-so-as, the iliopsoas is a compound muscle comprised of the iliac and psoas muscles. Separate muscles, they merge at the thigh. The iliopsoas muscle joins to the femur at the lesser trochanter, and acts as the strongest flexor of the hip. (Thank you Wikipedia!)
Iliopsoas syndrome may be localized to thigh, lower back, hip and/or leg, and may take years to become acute. Symptoms include pain with lifting the leg to dress, geting into bed, getting into the car, and climbing stairs, among others. I have them—all in spades. There is treatment available if I can find someone to diagnose the problem. The promising news is that I inadvertently dicsovered that the MD who does the trigger point injections in my spine also treats this problem. Now I just have to get the referral from my rheumatologist for an appointment.
I cannot believe that my second opinion docs, including the original surgeon, never bothered to listen to my list of symptoms and description of pain, and simply blew me off with, “There is nothing I can do. Get a cane. You’ll just have to live with it.” This is why I consulted Dr. Google.
At least now I have some small hope for diagnosis, treatment and relief.
As for the bone-headed orthopedists (pun intended), if “living with it” is the rest of my life, thanks, but no thanks. I’d rather not.