It is so nice to hear from all of you with wonderful suggestions!
Seems there is another wrench in the bucket. I've had a very hard, painful lump above my right hip and in the lower back area. I asked my chiropractor about it and he said "it's an MD question", I asked my acupuncturist and she said "hum, that's interesting", so I got no where. After doing some research, I found out that it is indeed "something". It has many names but the one I find funny (have to find some humor in all this) is "back mouse". It happens when there is a tear in the hip that never healed properly. A hole forms and fat tissue herniates and forms a hard lump. They are never cancerous and don't cause problems in most people. However; in some patients they cause referred pain to the hip, leg, knee and lower abdomen. Treatment is multiple injections of lidocaine into the lump, if that doesn't work, surgery to remove the hardened fat and close the hole is done. The one treatment that should NEVER be done is a hard massage to try and "loosen" it up..they don't loosen and the massage causes more pain. I can attest to that!
So, here I go again. I'll speak to my chiropractor, acupuncturist and PCP...let's see how far I get. Most MD's have heard of "back mouse" but it doesn't jump to the forefront when a patient presents with a hard lump at the hip/lower back. I'm sure I'll get scoffed at but that hasn't stopped me in the past and I won't let it stop me now...I've come too far!
Thank you again for your kindness and encouragement - it really means a great deal~~