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Is This Hip Pain bursitis, or something worse?

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  • Posted By: business2319
  • September 30, 2008
  • 06:34 PM

Since January I have had hip pain after sitting in one place for more than 20 minutes, usually later in the day rather than in the morning. My doc said "bursitis" and gave me a cortisone shot and x-ray that was negative. As I continued to have the pain, he sent me to Physical Therapy, and I have finished up treatments, and I take 4 Ibuprofens every 8 hours, but they have not helped. Is it common for this to last more than 9 months, or is there some worse cause that I should be checking out, like bone cancer? It would seem bone cancer would hurt on a random basis, like when I am walking, and it does not.

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  • I have the same problem, after being sat down, when i go to get up the top of my leg muscle hurts and sometimes the hip joint feels 'clicky' my doc also said bursitis but i got no meds for it. Will it go away on its own?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 05:21 PM
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  • Since January I have had hip pain after sitting in one place for more than 20 minutes, usually later in the day rather than in the morning. My doc said "bursitis" and gave me a cortisone shot and x-ray that was negative. As I continued to have the pain, he sent me to Physical Therapy, and I have finished up treatments, and I take 4 Ibuprofens every 8 hours, but they have not helped. Is it common for this to last more than 9 months, or is there some worse cause that I should be checking out, like bone cancer? It would seem bone cancer would hurt on a random basis, like when I am walking, and it does not.I too suffered from hip and back pain and went through a year of pain and many needless and expensive medical bills. My hip pain would come on later in the day, most of my pain came on while sitting or laying in bed at night. I was finally sent to a pain management specialist who was able to diagnose the problem correctly and he sent me to a VERY good physical therapist, I had already been to a really bad one and it did nothing for me. My pain was caused by muscle weakness brought on by the repetitive work that I did that was very physically demanding. The pain was made worse by the inactivity of my doctor who would not give up on his wrong diagnosis. Get a second opinion, try a pain specialist, the pain specialist will be able to send you to a good PT. Depression can factor into pain management so you might want to try an anti-depressant like Effexor or Cymbalta that also treat pain. A pain specialist can also prescribe pain pills that will do a better job than ibuprofen which in large doses can irritate the heck out of your stomach. The type of work you do, stress, depression, inactivity all of these can contribute to pain. The longer you wait the harder it is to treat pain. You may be suffering from something totally different but whatever it is you need to take charge of your care, don't rely on one doctor, they can be wrong. I found the right doctor, the right PT, and I finally found my answer after almost 2 years of searching and at least 8 different diagnosis. It has taken a lot of hard work and home exercise but the pain is getting better, hang in there.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
    • 00:08 AM
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  • Thank you, Hanginthere, for your detailed reply. I am happy to report I am finally beginning to see improvement, partially I believe due to several exercises recommended by my physical therapist at a gym, which I do several times a week with 2 days of rest inbetween. Imagine a weighted cord attached to a pulley and weight at one end, and to your ankle at the other. I take turns pulling each ankle to the "away side" 12 times, 2 reps, and then doubling the weight and pulling each ankle separately backwards, same reps, while standing at the machine (a "free weight" machine). The lesser weight is 2 plates, and the greater is 4 plates. The 2 days of rest seem important lest I overstress those hip muscles. Does this confirm the bursitis diagnosis? Who knows - what is important is the improvement. (Still have some minor pain occasionally but it is on the order of a 2 out of 10 instead of a 4 or 5.) IN ADDITION, I have made an appointment to see an orthopod specialist on Oct. 20, but I may cancel that if I continue to improve. ONE more thing - I am one of those fortunate folks who can tolerate 11 or 12 Ibuprofen pills in 24 hours on a long term basis (THE MAXIMUM DOSE ALLOWED) without any irritation to my stomach, as near as I can tell. (But that does of course cancel out the blood-thinning effect that I was previously getting by taking baby aspirin daily.)
    business2319 1 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
    • 11:24 PM
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