What is the difference between bursitis and hip pain? I saw a doctor and she said I have bursitis but now I also have hip pain.
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Thanks for the response. I did have xrays taken after the fall and no damage to the hip was detected. I have tired ice/heat, but no lasting effect from from either…and also PT, but will be starting another round of PT. Was your bursitis due to a hip replacement? And long did it take until you felt some relief? Thnx
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I don't think of ice and heat therapy as long lasting, more for short term relief.It was an injection plus regular stretching exercise that relieved it after about a month. Inactivity caused it during a long illness unrelated to the hip replacement. It still sneaks back up if I'm not diligent – travelled many miles by car this week to be with a friend and her husband in hospice. A lot of sitting and little physical activity, so both the hip and back are squawking loudly. Back to my full PT regimen as of yesterday to quiet things down.
Also, I use a topical gel that contains the NSAID diclofenac several times a day during flares. Or at bedtime normally. This is different than typical menthol-based pain rubs in that it actually contains an antiinflammatory, Voltaren. I combine it with an essential oil rub containing several antiinflammatory oils.
Thx very much, Sue! So sorry to hear about your friend’s husband. So difficult for everyone. Wish you and your friends a peaceful memories.
Funny about the Voltaren, just picked some up today and trying it. 🤞🏻it will provide some relieve through the night especially. I would be very interested in what stretches and regular PT to do if you don’t mind sharing when convenient. Thank you again for your input…it is very helpful.
I'm limited to my phone tonight so I'll post links to the previous discussions about the exercises when at the laptop ton.
My bursitis keeps returning too. The doctors at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville told me that this is not at all unusual and they give me injections for it.
I was diagnosed years ago with bi lateral trochanteric bursitis and it flares bad in cold weather but more so when it rains. Before I started injections I literally slept on ice packs under both my hips all night it was the only way I could get relief. Injections work great. I also have knee bursitis, arthritis in my elbows, back, hands (thumbs-bad) and neck. Oh let me not forget I recently was told I have arthritis in my jaws ( the right is bone on bone).Everything with me is bilateral I only do cortisone injections because I’m not a fan of meds and I have a high pain tolerance. Not only do I have inflammation everywhere but also deal with migraines and cervicogenic headaches .
Uggh! I’m sorry for all of your pain. I have Chronic pain as well and am not a fan of medications. However, in your case it sounds like it’s somehow systemic and you would probably get the most relief from some type of medication or natural herb.
Since everything is bilateral, have you been tested for rheumatoid arthritis! My understanding oh bursitis is that it evolves due to the irritation/inflammation in the underlying joint. That’s is more of a symptom than a separate condition. I’m glad the injections help, but the cortisone does affect the stability/disintegration of the underlying joint. I wouldn’t think it was something you’d want indefinitely.
Did she do an MRI? I was told by a hip doctor that I had bursitis and she gave me injections. The pain got worse. She never did an MRI. When I went to another doctor, he did an MRI and I had torn tendons on both sides. By then the damage was too great and I will always have an uneven gait.
How long do the injections last for the hip pain for bursitis?
Here's the dreaded answer – It depends. It depends on the skill of the person doing the injection, whether they exactly "hit the spot". It depends on the extent of the bursitis. It depends on whether you address the underlying cause by doing exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles around the hip. It depends on whether the hip is badly deteriorated and needs to be replaced.
Can you tell us a little more about your situation?
I came home a month ago from a 3 1/2 hour plane ride and my hip area started hurting. Now it is very painful. If i am given an injection now I'm afraid that if I want to go on another aiplane ride in mid February it will have worn off. I am wondering if I should wait until closer to my trip for it.
I'm 82 and i have some foot neuropathy from chemo that ended 2 years ago. I've never had pain like this before. It's affecting my posture and being able to sit without a lot of drugs, over the counter and some serious ones.
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