Patient Comments: Bursitis - Describe Your Experience


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Comment from: ChrissyZ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I'm guessing I have bursitis of the hip. I walk painfully with a limp most days and have to sleep on my back now. Three years ago I had this problem and the doctor took x-rays and said, well, it's definitely not arthritis. He didn't mention bursitis but sent me to a physical therapist. I only attended 2 sessions. Then it went away for 2 years, and now it's back. The worst part is the aching in my leg. I've never been to a chiropractor, but maybe I should try that.

Comment from: Cateb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Bursitis is very painful even while at rest. It started years after my massive stroke, only on my affected side. It could be from incorrect gait.

Comment from: Rose106, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I wonder if anyone has heard if chronic back pain can be associated with hip pain, or vice a versa. All I have read does not give me hope for any cure for bursitis. I am going for another procedure to clean the right side bursa. I hope I get some relief. I take life, lately, one day at a time or I’ll go crazy.

Comment from: Patti, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I have GTPS (greater trochanteric pain syndrome) in both hips. I have been through it all. It is so frustrating to have this awful disease. The left side since 2006, and right since 2010. Right side is giving me the most pain. I had the bursectomy, IT (iliotibial) band surgery in February and so far it has not helped. I am still having pain, I walk with a far worse limp now. Going from sit to stand is far more painful. I thought this surgery was the answer but it is not. I see the surgeon in July, he wants to discuss doing my left hip bursectomy in November but there is no chance of that happening. I am 51, was a very active women now at a snail’s pace. On top of the hip pain I have fibromyalgia, a bad back, and arthritis in my hands. So using a cane is hard on my hands and body. There is no answer for our bursitis folks; if I find one I will report back, till then hang in there best you can.

Comment from: Anna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I have had unilateral trochanteric bursitis/tendonitis for approximately eight years. The latest medical research seems to indicate that the bursitis is secondarily inflamed by nearby diseased tendons. I have tried numerous cortisone injections, as well as physiotherapy and Pilates. I underwent a bursectomy a couple of years ago and, much to my disappointment, it has not eased the pain. In cases of hip bursitis, it may be useful to pursue methods that could aid the diseased tendon. This is now my approach.

Comment from: Angela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have had chronic hip bursitis for 15 months from lifting heavy groceries and from a fall I had. Cortisone injection made it worse. I tried a few different things which didn't work. The most effective treatment I have personally found is remedial massage once a week. I found a very experienced masseur and am sticking to her. The stiffness and pain are lesser and a little of the swelling has gone.

Comment from: Winters, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I have suffered from bursitis of the hips for over 20 years. After seeing over 17 doctors and going to physiotherapy to 4 different therapists, prolotherapy, acupressure, acupuncture, massage therapy, cortisone shots that didn't help even for a minute, and a TENS unit, the only thing that has helped are narcotics. The law only allows me two a day and now they don't work. It's a constant burning pain. I have numbness and tingling at times. No one has offered or suggested surgery, at this point could the pain be any worse! Depression has set in multiple times because of the lack of relief. There is a sports medicine doctor who advertises a FRAMS method of treatment, I wonder if I should yet add another doctor to the list.

Comment from: Susie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I've suffered with trochanteric (hip) bursitis for 30 years after a heavy fall onto my hip. At first it was kept at bay by regular steroid injections, but after about 27 years they ceased to work at all. The pain I had had also increased to the level where I needed opiate drugs from my doctor. In the end I opted to have surgery to remove the bursa. I was told it was a 1 in 3 failure rate, and if it failed I would have either slightly less or the same pain. I thought it was worth it as my pain never lets up day or night and I'm disabled because of it; walking makes it worse. I had the surgery last year and from when I came round, to the present day, I’ve had the worst pain I've ever known, and 18 months later, no let up! I'd say it's about 300% worse than before my operation, and now even opiate drugs seem to have little effect. So now I'm more or less housebound, and sitting, standing, or lying makes it worse. I don't know what the answer is. All I can say is, don't go for the surgical option.

Comment from: SidinTerr, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have had bursitis in my right hip for about 3 years. I have had two steroid injections which were agony and did not help me in the least. I now have the same in my left bursa (hip)! I am now trying anti-inflammatory gel and hope to get some relief from the pain. It is not just in the hip but in the whole leg and sometimes the feet too. I'm pretty active and find it difficult to rest so I just keep taking the pain killers! I get OSMO patches online from Australia and they do help.


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Comment from: My2munchkins, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 06

My daughter is 7 years old now. Back in 2007 she underwent surgery in her elbow (her elbow knob broke when she fell down). In 2010 she stayed in the hospital because of bursitis that was infected; they tapped her and drained the liquid from her elbow. And now in 2014 the liquid is back in her elbow and she needs to see a specialist again. I am worried this is going to be a lifetime experience for my daughter, it is heartbreaking!

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I have had recurrent bursitis (usually in one shoulder or hip) for nearly 20 years. It always occurs when I overwork a joint (particularly with repetitive movements, or sitting for long periods in one position) and some foods can help trigger an episode (dairy, wheat, yeast and red meats). Cold weather can also be a factor, though damp isn't. The initial pain is severe in the joint, and sometimes I have a general inflammatory illness for a few days (like the flu). I have found the best way to treat it is by complete rest until the inflammation subsides, then starting movements gradually. The most helpful is daily qigong, which keeps my joints mobile and usually pain-free, and also improves my spirits. I find mindfulness meditation also very helpful with the anxiety and mood swings which can accompany any chronic illness. I hope you also find ways to manage your pain and live a full life.

Comment from: marylene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I am a cyclist and have had a few falls over the years. I injured my elbow last year in a fall, mostly skin but I fell hard. It healed with no infection (skinned knee as well). A few years earlier, I had a fall on that elbow that required stitches, got infected and resulted in Popeye's elbow (and of course a scar). I recently noticed that on the point of my elbow under the skin is a small soft lump that hurts when I press it, knock it or put on a hard surface. My elbow isn't sore or stiff otherwise, just the area of the lump. The fall was a year ago, and I would like to know where that lump came from after all this time. I wonder if it could be bursitis of some sort. I'm wondering if I should get it looked at.

Comment from: gladys, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have been told that I have severe arthritis and bursitis. I have a bad pain in the right side of buttocks. I wonder if that could be from falling or just plain arthritis or bursitis.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I have had chronic hip bursitis for almost 6 years. I wasn"t treated correct when I first got it. So now it is chronic with a grade 1 strain of the right gluteus minimus. I got another cortisone shot 2 weeks ago, with some relief. But it hurts so badly when I sit at my desk every day.

Comment from: Barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have been getting shots every 3 to 4 months in my right hip for eight years, will this ever get better! I cannot walk far and the pain is unreal. The bursitis started when I began riding my bike, after 4 years not doing anything. My right leg went numb, felt like a wooden leg. I went to physical therapy and they pulled and rubbed my leg. I got feeling back but also acute pain. Impossible to exercise or walk far.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I was told I have bursitis in both hips. I was given pain medicine and it caused me to swell. I had 7lbs of water in 1 week. I was told if I did not take 3 cortisone shots I cannot walk or exercise. I choose not to take them. When I stand my hips and buttocks swell, and when I walk I cannot lift my feet. I do not wish this pain on my worst enemy.

Comment from: Valerie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I went for a massage and the masseuse pulled my leg to one side to stretch it. She did the same procedure to both legs. The next day I had a huge collection of fluid on my hip the size of an orange. They said it was a bursa. No pain, but it is about the same size today as two weeks ago. The ortho MD told me to stop taking the inflammatory given to me in the emergency room and to put ice. He says if it bothers me, he may need to drain it.

Comment from: rosebud, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I've been suffering from what I suppose is bursitis in my right hip for years now. I had sciatica but was able to get it under control with steroid shots to my spine some years ago. I love to go on long walks. By the time I get home I'm limping and in agony. Someone described the feeling as "on fire" which is right on. I've tried ice packs, Tylenol for arthritis, physical therapy and those don't work. Previously, I took OxyContin and Percocet, which I weaned myself off of a couple years ago. Being addicted to prescription drugs is worse than the pain. I'm thinking of trying cortisone shots again. There doesn't seem to be any new breakthroughs in treatment. I sympathize with all of you who have this ailment. No one can understand the constant pain, struggle to walk, or the inability to get comfortable in bed. My heart goes out to you.


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Comment from: roger, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I have pain in both left and right buttocks and the bursitis causes difficulty in walking.

Comment from: zoe, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 03

When cortisone treatment does not work, it makes the bursitis worse.

Comment from: lou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I developed a burning pain in my left shoulder. I ended up with a frozen shoulder and years of bursitis. I was told I had pain memory. Very funny. I requested an ultrasound and the doctor found I had bad inflammation.

Comment from: 22.with.a.cane, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I'm a 22 year old female dealing with bursitis. I was diagnosed 7 years ago. I've tried everything such as ice, rest, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy, ultrasound treatment, low-level laser therapy, cortisone injections every four months for five years, and narcotics for pain. After all these treatments, the condition has gotten worse and I developed iliotibial band syndrome in my right leg. Now I’m waiting for a date for surgery. It’s my last option.

Comment from: SVDebP58, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

My hip pain started 6 1/2 weeks after being bucked off my horse. The brunt of the fall was mainly on my right side with a slight tear in the tendon that adjoins the top of the shoulder to the collar bone. I have had 2 sets of radiographs and an MRI. All of which show fractures. I am waiting for a bone scan now. I am 58 years old and although I am overweight, I am very active. I am also a caregiver to my mother.

Comment from: KerryL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I am a 63-year-old woman who has been told by one doctor that the dreadful paid I have in my left hip is trochanteric bursitis. I have twice had steroid injections, which only helped for a couple of weeks. The pain used be dulled by pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, but they don’t seem to work as well any more. I saw a different doctor today who now says it may not be bursitis, but related to my back problem (I have had two back operations, 40 years apart and have titanium cage holding the spine together).

Comment from: teifibanc, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I have trochanteric bursitis on both hips. I had a very successful anti-inflammatory injection in the left hip, but have had 3 in the right hip but all to no avail. I do not know what to do next.

Comment from: jamar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I am 53 and was diagnosed with trochanteric bursitis in the left hip in 2005. I have been on roller coaster of cortisone shots, physical therapy, various pain killers, weight loss, hot packs and cold packs. Everything is short lived and if I could have those bursa surgically removed I would.

Comment from: student, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I am a 22-year-old male student at the University of Nairobi. I have bursitis in my right hip and I have trouble standing for long or sitting for long. It feels like my hip is burning from the inside out. I even feel pain when I get into bed at night.

Comment from: db, 45-54 Female Published: May 09

I have suffered from lower back and hip pain since the birth of my son 16 years ago. This problem has slowly progressed over the years. I have tried softer mattresses, spent a fortune on chiropractors and osteopaths all to no avail. Now I really find that I cannot get comfortable in bed. The only time that the throbbing stops is when I lie on my back then I snore and wake myself up. I did have trouble sitting down as well but a cortisone injection helped with that but they did not help my hips .I saw a consultant recently and he told me that it can't be bursitis as it wouldn't last this long but didn't know what it could be! I have seen a rheumatologist and he says that as I am so flexible that I can't have rheumatism. The only way I get a reasonable night’s sleep is to take a sleeping tablet but I rarely do this as they are addictive.

Comment from: jim468, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I am a 70 year old male who suffers from bursitis. In the right hip area and the pain from the inflammation migrates down across the thigh into the knee. Pain also refers to the lower spine - tailbone area. I also suffer from osteoarthritis in both knees and suspect it might also be in my lower spine. I get some relief from icing, but it is short lived. I sleep on my back and use a pillow between my knees. Walking and standing are difficult. I am going to try acupuncture - my last resort.

Comment from: tooyoung19, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I'm 19 years old working as a waitress and a second job as a secretary and I have bursitis in both hips and my left shoulder. It will flare up when I'm serving; walking around as much as I do. And my hips will wake me up several times every night. When I wake up in the morning it takes up to 5 minutes just be able to walk out of my room. Stretching and icing helps so much to relieve the pain. My doctor also prescribed me to Meloxicam and it has seemed to help a little bit, but I haven't been on it quite long enough to see any major improvements. It’s some of the worst pain I've ever been in.

Comment from: zscandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I was an active 52-year-old woman. I started experiencing hip pain back in August 2009. My doctor put me on anti-inflammatory medications for a while, which took care of the pain. After four months, though, the pills stopped working. I also tried a sports massage, but once I got off the table, the pain was back. I also tried acupuncture twice, but the pain was unbearable. I went to urgent care and they thought it was bursitis, so I got the cortisone show with little improvement. Finally, I bought Osteo Bi-Flex at the drug store, and it has worked for me!

Comment from: KC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I am a 43-year-old woman, and I have been suffering from right and left shoulder pain for almost a year. I couldn't sleep at night, and it was getting very hard for me to lift my arm. I was taking all kinds of over-the-counter medicine and none of it was working. I went to the doctor yesterday, and I was told that I have bursitis in both of my shoulders. The doctor gave me a shot which helped ease the pain the next day. When I first went to the doctor I was told that I was holding my shoulders stiff. I do still have some motion in them, but I was told that if I didn't go to the doctor when I did, that l may have developed frozen shoulder. I know what other people are going through. Sorry this is a painful condition.

Comment from: SS/VB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I have bursitis in both hips -- at least that is the diagnoses I received. After reading about bursitis, I attribute it from getting thrown to many times while horseback riding years ago. The odd thing is that it bothers me most when I'm trying to sleep. The only way I can get relief is with a pillow under my knees and flat on my back, even with that I'm still up and down all night. Cortisone shots help but there must be something that I can do.

Comment from: petal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I just found out I have bursitis disease of the hips. I’m glad to find out it’s something because I have been unable to even sit down without being uncomfortable. No matter what I do, there is nothing that seems to help to get this nagging pain to go away. I am due to start injections, which I don’t want, but I’ve got no choice. Oh, to just get rid of the constant pain!!!

Comment from: prettybaby, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I am 38 years old and suffer from hip bursitis in both hips. I have had treatment for the condition, but every time, it seems to get worse. I can no longer sit for more than 10 minutes at a time, nor can I sleep for more than one hour at a time. I am frustrated and I need help. I’m tired of crying all the time.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I have been told I have bursitis in the left hip area. I have had Cortisone injections and obtained relief which only lasted one week. Interestingly enough, when the hip pain went away for that week, my lower back pain I had also went away. Now I am going to physical therapy and doing an exercise the therapist calls a nerve glide. It hurts a lot when I do it. Luckily, I am able to sleep well at night. When I get up, it really hurts though.

Comment from: notthatold-lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am a "middle aged, overweight woman" just like the article says, and I suffer from bursitis in the hips and thigh. The night pain is terrible. I sleep on a 3" memory foam pad which actually doesn't help the pressure point pain. Cortizone injections help almost immediately but only last for a couple months. Aleve (naproxyn) is supposed to be good for this as it is an anti-inflamatory.

Comment from: bobbsieJ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I first had pain in my groin after standing from sitting for some time. I now have some lower back pain, pain across my buttocks, the top of my hip bone, down my legs, & my knees. The burning pain is so strong I have a great deal of trouble walking any distance, and have to get wheelchair assistance in airports. I too suffer from dull cramps in my legs at night. I take Celebrex & Tylenol #3 but, I do not get full relief. I have a lot of trouble raising my right leg to get into our SUV.

Comment from: thejper, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 17

I've had bursitis of the left hip for 2 1/2 years, two cortisone shots with no relief. I now have bursitis of the right hip. I finally got a shot for that and it has worked there. The constant burning never goes away while seated; sleeping is difficult also.

Comment from: krist, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I’ve had ongoing pain in the right groin area for 4 years. I’ve seen 2 physiotherapists who gave me a range of exercises which have helped slightly, and have now only just seen a specialist who thinks it maybe bursitis. I explained the facts and figures and am now waiting for more tests. I have been told I may have to take anti inflammatory drugs which I’ve already tried numerous times and cannot take for more than 5 days as I end up with chronic stomach pains. I just long to have a decent nights sleep and to have a normal pain free life.

Comment from: Margaret, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I have been having problems with hip bursitis for almost two years. As the problems increased, I tried all the self helps. Then I went to PT for two months but that do little to help the problem. As the pain increased, I had to retire from my teaching job. I tried injections twice. They worked but only lasted for a month. The doctor sent me back to PT where I spent 3 months doing the stretching, etc. Still I got little relief. Since I am overweight, I decided to lose some of the extra poundage. After losing 40 lbs. I still do not get any relief. I have no idea what to do next.