Horrendous Hip - Thanks AS

  I don't know if other Ankylosing Spondylitis fighters experience worsening symptoms during cold weather, but I certainly do. For several weeks my left hip has been keeping awake at night. I can not lay on my left side due to the pain. Which leads me to try to sleep on my right side all night. Some nights my right hip feels like it may start hurting and I turn to my back. However if I sleep on my back very long, my lower back feels like it ceases up. Plus as an embarrassing side note, I snore horribly if I sleep on my back. At least that's what my husband tells me. Another incentive to not sleep on my back.

  The other day a friend called, I told her how bad my hip was hurting. She said "oh, so you can't walk with it hurting so bad''. I told her actually I can walk, it's the only thing that helps the pain. She seemed confused. I can't explain it myself. It really doesn't make sense to me either. When the pain gets to a 9.5 on a 10 scale, I can not sit or lay down. I have to move. I will be crying and moaning but I have to pace back and forth in my living room. If I sit down the pain is unbearable. I don't understand what is going on with my hip but I know it sounds weird.

  I use ice packs and aspercreme to try to alleviate the pain. I actually tried a Tens unit on it Sunday but that was a terrible idea. The pain started radiating down my leg to my knee. I've also tried heat and massage. Normally, I love a massage but my hip was so tender I almost screamed when my husband starting massaging it. So I am learning what works and doesn't work.

  I have a rheumatologist appointment next week so I hope she can inject it or something. Do any of you have experience with similar hip pain? If so, what helped you. I am desperate for some relief.

  I hope you have a pain free, joyous day.
  Gentle hugs friends!