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Doctor said I have bursitis. he asked if my feet are numb. If they are very cold, is that numbness? have to rest until PT starts. Any more information?
Hello @maryflorida . I see you've recently been diagnosed with bursitis. @contentandwell has recently mentioned bursitis so wanted to connect you to see if she may be able to provide some additional support based on her experience.
Is your doctor concerned about neuropathy given you were asked about your feet being numb? When does PT start?
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Fortunately for me you have the wrong Mary. I have not been diagnosed with bursitis and don’t have any joint pain whatsoever.
There I go replying to a message that wasn’t meant for me. I see we have another Mary in Florida…who would have thought lol. Sorry for the mistake.
Just ignore me….
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@imallears it is quite alright!
Honestly, I get a different diagnosis from each doctor.. PCP said neuropathy… rheumatologist said fibromyalgia… this last one said bursitis. he was very nice but overworked with so many patients. His nurse said some time after Thanksgiving for PT…. In the meantime I am not doing my daily long walks and taking my pain medicine and resting. not so easy when we are flying north on Monday for a Family Thanksgiving… Hi to amandajro .. FL Mary [btw, amanda = a woman who must be loved.. from my time as a Latin teacher]
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Thank you, @maryflorida, yes, that meaning has bestowed me well in my life, fortunately. Do you have a coordinated care team or are you coordinating and sharing information between them?
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@amandajro…….guess you had heard that before, about your name….a lovely name……I have a PCP but he is like a diagnostician for car repair. Maybe that's what he is supposed to do.. send me to various specialists.. I think they do send him reports. btw, the rheumatologist and gyn both said I have osteopororis, but the radiologist's report said my bones show no sign of it. Guess I'll take his opinion.. ?
What part part of the body have you been diagnosed withe bursitis? Shoulder, hip, elbow, etc? I am guessing hip. I have had bursitis in both hips during a time I had to do work that required a lot of bending. .. which I did correctly, but it hurt my hips instead of back. I never had any numbness in my feet with bursitis. I have had numbness in feet with back problems and feet problems, Right now having some numbness in my legs and feet with what my pain doctor says is sacrum dysfunction. I have an injection Monday and I that will probably tell for sure what it isn't.
Numbness is less feeling in an area. Coldness can come along with that. .. like in cold weather you feet might feel numb when your feet get very cold. coldness can be from the weather or poor circulation. Numbness can come from cold but is often caused by nerve damage. I hope I make sense.
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@maryflorida @amandajro Yes, I have bursitis in both hips. It's been a battle for years now. As I mentioned in a post in another discussion this morning, cortisone shots have helped me tremendously, but it is important to get a very skilled doctor. Too often they don't hit the exact spot and then there is no relief. I was fortunate to find a doctor, after many who missed the spot, who did get it right. If I was starting to find a doctor now for a cortisone shot I would go to a physiatrist. They are doctors of physical medicine and when they do cortisone shots they use some type of low X-ray imaging to get the shot to the exact right spot.
I am hesitating to get a shot now because I have developed advanced osteoporosis from taking prednisone. Cortisone is of course also a steroid so I fear that it may worsen my hip osteoporosis, which is the last thing I want to happen. I plan to ask my endocrinologist about that.
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@amandajiro.. .nice to meet you. There are actually five (!) Mary Harringtons in our little town Orange Park. Guess our moms all thought the same!
Thank you..Dang. It is hard geting old. I will ask my doctor about the injection. He keeps wanting me to go to physical therapy, but my insurance doesn't cover it. Last time It cost me $100 a week for ten weeks.
I have had bursitis in left hip – started after a Hip Replacement- they claimed I was too active too soon/ probably how I go bursitis. I have had one injection, pool therapy, and therapy with a physical therapist, ice and heat- nothing helps. My last therapist said it felt inflamed and large- she worked on trying to break down the inflammation – But I still have pain ! She mention she had one patient that had the bursa removed- on both sides and was doing great. Does anyone know about having the bursa removed? Thanks
So, is there any relief for your hip pain?
@coco A long time ago, when I first had hip bursitis, a few people mentioned that I should consider a hip replacement so I researched that. From what I read, hip replacements can bring on hip bursitis so your situation is not unusual.
I have found no long-term relief for my bursitis. I never remember to ice it but my sister also has hip bursitis and she is pretty diligent about icing and has said that it does help. I have had physical therapy for it a number of times. I finally just gave up and live with it.
I have also read, on here I believe, that you can have the bursa removed but they do generally grow back so it's not a permanent fix.
Approximately one month ago I had an ultrasound and x-rays on my right shoulder and arm. I was told by my Dr. that I have Bursitis. I have gone four times for therapy. I was given exercises to strengthen my muscles in both arms. To date, i have had no relief of this sometimes unbearable pain. I can’t lift anything.without pain. I have been putting heat and ice packs on my right arm and shoulder and doing the exercises, but none of this is helping me. I am not taking any meds for this pain. Will someone kindly let me know if they have experienced this and for how long? What else can I do for myself? I am almost 80 years old and am miserable with this pain 24/7. Thanks very much.
The best doctor to handle bursitis is an orthopedic doctor. PCP really are not educated in handling that kind of condition.
Also, if PT is not done properly, it can aggravate the situation.
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