bursitis

Posted by maryflorida @maryflorida, Nov 18, 2020

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?

@fourof5zs

@maryflorida
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.

ZeeGee

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So, is there any relief for your hip pain?

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@coco

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

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@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.
JK

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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.

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@happyat76

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.

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Hello happy76
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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@happyat76

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.

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Please go to an Orthapedic doctor immediately. You don’t want it to turn into a frozen shoulder

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@happ
@happyat76 I agree with @funcountess & @cyn77. I'm so sorry that this is happening. I cannot give you any advice on the topic directly, I will leave that to the members. I do want to ask why you are not taking anything for the pain? Do you think you should seek a second opinion with an orthopedic provider as @funcountess & @cyn77.

You'll notice that I moved your question to a recent previous discussion on this topic. I did this so you could connect with members in a central location.

Will you check back and tell us what you decide and how you are making out?

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@funcountess

Hello happy76
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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Thank you funcountess for your reply.. It makes good sense to me that an Orthopaedic surgeon would be the best one to see for my Bursitis. Actually, I am on a waiting list with one such specialist to have my left knee replaced. I will look into this further with him. Perhaps he can give me a cortisone shot to help with the pain.

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@erikas

@happ
@happyat76 I agree with @funcountess & @cyn77. I'm so sorry that this is happening. I cannot give you any advice on the topic directly, I will leave that to the members. I do want to ask why you are not taking anything for the pain? Do you think you should seek a second opinion with an orthopedic provider as @funcountess & @cyn77.

You'll notice that I moved your question to a recent previous discussion on this topic. I did this so you could connect with members in a central location.

Will you check back and tell us what you decide and how you are making out?

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Hi Erica, Thank you very much for your kind reply. I am not taking any meds for my pain as my Dr. won't give me anything because she said that meds for the Bursitis will cause my stomach to be painful or bleed. I know I can't take aspirin or anything like this, so I am taking on my own, Tylenol for arthritis and Aleve together. They help a little, but not much and both are hard on my stomach and cause constipation. I did go to a very reputable physiotherapist and he gave me a couple of exercises to do with a stretchy band, but it really hurts to use it, but I keep on trying every day. Perhaps a cortisone shot would do me a lot of good if done by the right Dr. Thanks again and I will keep you posted as to what I end up doing.

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Hi. I too suffer from various locations of bursitis; mostly in hips and upper arms. I fell on my left arm after breaking my leg in 4 places and now have a nagging constant pain. Topical pain meds help as well as CBD internal and as a topical but unfortunately only the steroid injection helped the most. I very tentatively exercise it daily hoping to build the muscles around it. I commuter with tour pain and hope you can find some relief. Tough stuff and I think can be a hereditary factor asl well. I have osteoarthritis a d I feel it’s kind of all in the same inflammatory family. Blessings to you

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@happyat76

Hi Erica, Thank you very much for your kind reply. I am not taking any meds for my pain as my Dr. won't give me anything because she said that meds for the Bursitis will cause my stomach to be painful or bleed. I know I can't take aspirin or anything like this, so I am taking on my own, Tylenol for arthritis and Aleve together. They help a little, but not much and both are hard on my stomach and cause constipation. I did go to a very reputable physiotherapist and he gave me a couple of exercises to do with a stretchy band, but it really hurts to use it, but I keep on trying every day. Perhaps a cortisone shot would do me a lot of good if done by the right Dr. Thanks again and I will keep you posted as to what I end up doing.

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Hello @happyat76, @erikas, @funcountess and @cyn77. I have chronic hip bursitis. I have NO knee pain. Bursitis is also called Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Trochanter Bursitis: https://www.upmc.com/services/sports-medicine/conditions/it-band-syndrome

There are some GREAT exercises to stretch the iliotibial band that really work! I just do them 3 times a day, 3 repetitions holding each for 20 seconds. You can REALLY feel the band stretching! Here are a few websites that demonstrate some exercises. I don't see mine on there exactly. Mine are easy b/c I lie flat, bend the affected knee and rotate it to the opposite unaffected side. You can feel the stretch right away. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3 times. Do this 3 times a day.
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=exercises+for+ilitigial+band+stretches&ia=web
I am not a licensed anything so please check with your doctor first. Warmest wishes, Sunnyflower

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@contentandwell

@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.
JK

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I think I am starting to understand! And that is exciting! I have osteoporosis in my right hip along with bursitis. My bones are loosing all the way around. To move is so painful, I have changed my eating be getting rid of flour and added a lot of pineapple and cottage cheese. Added Turmeric and tried to help relieve the pain! I have a spine pump for pain medications for my spine and now it has moved to my hips! The pain Dr is going to pull the fluid off my hip and add cortisone or (?). A hip replacement is out of the question because of the damaged bones that are not rebuilding themselves. Life is not easy some days and there is a reason. So where do I go from here? I guess what happens next? I just need to understand what is happening to my body. Thank you! Diana Leach

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@diana13

I think I am starting to understand! And that is exciting! I have osteoporosis in my right hip along with bursitis. My bones are loosing all the way around. To move is so painful, I have changed my eating be getting rid of flour and added a lot of pineapple and cottage cheese. Added Turmeric and tried to help relieve the pain! I have a spine pump for pain medications for my spine and now it has moved to my hips! The pain Dr is going to pull the fluid off my hip and add cortisone or (?). A hip replacement is out of the question because of the damaged bones that are not rebuilding themselves. Life is not easy some days and there is a reason. So where do I go from here? I guess what happens next? I just need to understand what is happening to my body. Thank you! Diana Leach

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@diana13 I am sorry to hear of your dilemma, but hip replacements are not generally done for bursitis anyway, they are done when you have arthritis in the joint or some other conditions. I have read that hip replacements can actually trigger bursitis!

Do you think the pain is related to your osteoporosis at all? I have not found that to be a problem with pain. I am exercising a lot and I believe it has actually helped my bursitis too because it is not as bothersome as it used to be. Of course that's very important too for osteoporosis. I still have trouble lying on my side for long, or at all on a firm surface like an exercise mat. I can do it for a while in bed but then I have to turn. Some nights I feel like a rotisserie chicken, turning and turning.

The dietary changes I have made to help with my osteoporosis are adding more calcium and protein to my diet. Many people don't realize the importance of protein, but our bones are half protein so it is very important. I think turmeric is not recommended for patients on immunosuppressants so I have not used that. I am post-liver transplant.

Is the cortisone a shot or something else? Cortisone is a steroid and steroids can cause bone loss. I have been on prednisone for over 4 years now as part of my immunotherapy and it is suspected that is what caused my osteoporosis. I would love to get a cortisone shot for my bursitis but I am afraid that a shot to my hip would worsen the bones there. If you ask your pain doctor about that I would love to know what he/she says.

Diana, if you put the @ sign in your email followed by the member's name such as contentandwell that person will be alerted that they have been mentioned which may help in getting a more prompt response.
JK

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