Patient Comments: Hip Bursitis - Treatment


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Comment from: sad lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have had hip bursitis for many years and was treated with injections. I moved and my new family doctor sent me to the orthopedist. I asked for a cortisone injection and he said surgery was the only answer for my problem, and to come back when I was ready to have it. I trusted him when he said it was a simple procedure and had it, and that was 15 months ago. I have been in pain every day since. I was wrong not to get a second and third opinion. Please learn from my mistake and get more than one doctor’s opinion.

Comment from: Kerna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

When I was 34 my horse bucked me off several times. I bruised my bursa. Several cortisone shots later it became infected. I had surgery in 2006 to remove. Well, it is fall of 2018, and yes, they grow back. Now I have hip bursitis and scar tissue to deal with! I am going to see an Airrosti! Hope he can help, because it feels like a burning sharp knife on fire has stabbed me! I am underweight and walk 9 to 13 miles a day as well as stretching!

Comment from: Babs, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

After reading about the pain so many with hip bursitis are going through I don't think mine is bad at all. But I do have sleepless nights. Two things I have found that help, besides ice are one, Aspercreme with lidocaine, it is over-the-counter. The second is a salve made with CBD, this is a homemade salve but if you live where it is legal check it out. I need to use it every 2 to 3 days, the Aspercreme I need every day. Still not decided which to go with.

Comment from: Praise, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I had surgery 3 years straight for hip bursitis. Every year it comes back full-fledged, no pills take away the pain, and it is getting worse and worse.

Comment from: Janelizabeth, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I was trimming bushes with an electric trimmer and cut the top of my middle finger with the blade.

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

I have had trochanteric bursitis for several years now. I have had fatigue and on and off severe pain around my hip and groin area. Sometimes it seems to move around my buttocks. I have tried naproxen which has helped and other pain reliefs, but sometimes it’s a hit or miss with pain control. I do exercise and try to build strength and balance, helps a little but it is testing me with the severity. I have had a cortisone injection which did help but it came back again. I had therapy, but it did only resolve my mobility agenda.

Comment from: Donna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

My left leg from groin down hurts so bad especially in the knee area, and my calf feels tight because of deep vein thrombosis.

Comment from: elm lady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I have just been diagnosed by my general physician as having hip bursitis. It is very painful. Yesterday I bent down and yelped out loud because of the pain spasm. I have just been prescribed codeine phosphate. I was planning lots of active things this summer. Maybe I should cancel them!

Comment from: Beverly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I got my flu shot on my left side, and received my pneumonia shot on the right side during my doctor visit. The same day, starting this Sunday, and throughout the day I have been experiencing sporadic pains on my left side, especially lower back and side pain, and slight nausea, to the point my activities are very limited. I will have to skip work tomorrow. Can't stand this pain. I will take Tylenol extra strength. Ugh. Never had this problem with a flu shot!

Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I am new on here. I have trochanteric bursitis, had it for a year and getting nowhere as it was so painful. I have had 2 injections, physiotherapy, and used Hydropool. I am on naproxen and codeine phosphate, back at hospital tomorrow to see the physiotherapist again. I like to go to the gym and sometimes can't go. I also do exercises and tried hot and cold packs. I am at the end of my tether with it all, fed up.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have had a tilt in my head for a few years, but it wasn't painful until about 2 years ago. I was in so much pain, I thought it was a brain tumor and the only way to make it through the workday was to close the office door and lay flat on the floor. Between my original general physician (GP) and the pain management place he sent me, I had an epidural, trigger point injections and a series of pain medications that made me sleepy, unable to focus and I just didn't feel like myself. Four months in I got a torticollis prescription, started having Botox injections and eventually found a physical therapist who had experience with torticollis and a GP who listened. After a year of struggling through the medications and the search for help, I've retired from 25 years in a stressful job. The Botox, Cymbalta and meloxicam are handling the pain, and about a year of physical therapy has given me enough flexibility to turn my head far enough to see over both shoulders. I still have difficulty walking long distances because the tilt on my head hurts my back, but life is manageable again. I never experienced real pain before torticollis.


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Comment from: Fredrique, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

Severe brain fog and fatigue were my symptoms of Epstein-Barr virus infection. Joints can ache but the lack of energy to exercise is hard. No headaches or sore throat.

Comment from: dkwilloh23, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have migraines frequently and on May 3rd, 2012 I had what I thought was a migraine and a pain like an atom bomb. So I did what I normally did; I closed myself up in my darkened bedroom for three days with the symptoms of a migraine, vomiting, avoiding any light or smells. Then I got out bed on the third day to go urinate and had a seizure while on the toilet. My husband heard me moaning from pain, came and helped me get to the car and drove me straight to the emergency room. They didn’t have a neurologist on staff so then they transported me an hour and half away to another hospital. They coiled a subarachnoid hemorrhage behind my right eye. My stay was for fifteen days and I'm very lucky to be here, so six doctors told me. Then on February 6th, 2014 I had a craniotomy. They clipped that one and my hospital stay was one day. I still have headaches to this day, some worse than others but I'm grateful that there was a great neurological team that saved me twice and that I had very little problems after the aneurysms. My thanks to the neurological team.

Comment from: Dingo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I slammed my foot in the dark, and it hurt intensely for a few minutes. Almost no pain for the first two days, then it began to bother me. I taped for a few weeks, then went to a general physician. Never let them take non-weight bearing x-rays if you are able to stand. I got them and they came back negative. Podiatrist took weight bearing version a few weeks later, which revealed the break. It is almost two weeks wearing a splint and it hurts more now than ever.

Comment from: Whatnot, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I was swimming in St. Kitts and brushed up on some fire coral which instantly stung. I have been home a week now and it just started itching and has raised up and somewhat inflamed after a week. I put hydrocortisone on it this morning. To me it feels a bit like poison ivy today and I noticed it has spread a little.

Comment from: REDCAR, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I was just retired from full time job, had been in orientation for a part time job and just relocated to a new state (some stress), with husband. I began having 5 second flashes of pain in the right side of my face when washing face, shower spray, or lying on side. I noticed my CPAP strap came over that area. I went without CPAP but it did not go away. I went to see the neurologist, had negative MRI so I was started on medicines which eventually helped but I have had flares of tic douloureux for unknown reason every few weeks. Breeze and hair dryer at hair salon are the worst triggers. This has all occurred in the last 6 months. I am still on medications but cannot be weaned down yet.

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

My doctor put me on a course of trimethoprim for epididymitis. I started taking tablets today. He said that I had an infection of the right testicle and related swelling in the groin. Apparently men at my age are vulnerable to the condition. I find reclining helps. However, I think my symptoms are mild. I am more troubled by a slight aching head caused by related fever.

Comment from: Terry, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I have had hip bursitis for several years. It is very painful if I have to walk uphill or climb stairs. I started going to get acupuncture treatments and have found great relief! Ibuprofen helps. Choose the acupuncturist with care. I went to a doctor and she was terrible! She was also the most expensive.

Comment from: Years of this, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I first contracted costochondritis after a nasty bout of pneumonia and coughing heavily. This was in 1991. I have had flare ups ever since. The pain is so taxing I find it hard to concentrate. The only relief I ever found was to drink beer, which made me burp, which relieved the pressure for a short time. Now, I find that my costochondritis is actually worse, Tietze’s syndrome. My rib actually swells noticeably. I do find that fatigue brings it on more so than upper body movement. I'm going to try the lidocaine patches now.

Comment from: Nikki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have had pain in both my hips for some time now, the right hip is worse than the left side. I have trouble walking long distances. I have done physical therapy twice; while in therapy I have had acute puncture in both hips, I have also had cortisone shots in both hips, pain medications (which I need to watch how many I take due to migraines). Everything worked for such a short time then my hips will start hurting again. When I was a certified nursing assistant (CAN) it was at its all-time worst, now that I have a desk job it can get bad while sitting for such a long time. I would love to find something that would help me to get rid of some of the pain I have.


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Comment from: carizona, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I've had horrible right hip pain for over 2 years and was diagnosed with greater trochanteric bursitis. Six months of physical therapy, 6 bursa injections, one deep hip injection, and a phenol injection later, MRIs show a torn gluteus medius tendon. An orthopedic surgeon is going to clean up the hip much like one would repair a torn rotator cuff in a shoulder. Hope it helps! My thoughts and well wishes to all who suffer from chronic pain; it takes such a toll on you and can be horribly frustrating (oh how I’ve cried myself to sleep sometimes!) All the best to everyone!

Comment from: 1akmaninfl, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I have had left hip bursitis for over a year. Within the last 3 months, I have had 3 cortisone shots by orthopedist, other prescription medicines and physiotherapy concentrating on the hip but no relief at all; except only if I curtail walking, which wiped out golf, fishing, museum visits, etc. I cannot take OTC medications because of kidney issue. Surgery is the next topic with the orthopedist. Doctor says there is nothing wrong with the hip structure and I can do whatever I want. It's a trade-off; activity equals pain tolerance. Walking a steep incline the other day, I had the same pain in the same spot, right hip.

Comment from: A Simple Man, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

Just recently I began experiencing moderate to sharp pain in right hip. I was walking 10,000 steps a day at a moderate pace for exercise. I've stopped the exercise and the bursitis pain has lessened but not disappeared. I can't take aspirin because it interferes with another drug. I don't like needles being stuck in me.

Comment from: karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have had bursa pain since 2007, I have been treated by my orthopedic doctor. I have had 9 injections and 5 radiation treatments. I take pain medications frequently. I am active in my house work and my yard, but I do suffer constant pain. When it started it was on left hip and now in both hips. I do have trouble sleeping on left side more. I have spinal stenosis as well, so I am always with some pain. I am past due for more treatment but going back and forth to the doctor is wearing me down as well.

Comment from: karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I have had hip bursitis for many years which left me unable to lay in one spot for more than 10 minutes without being in severe pain. I couldn’t get up or down to floor. Couldn’t bend legs to put shoes on etc. I have tried Myotherapy, massage, cortisone injections, all with no relief. Six months ago my GP put me on deep sea krill oil for arthritis. After about 2 months I realized my pain was not as bad, and the more I took the Krill oil the better it got. I now have no pain, can easily do all the things I did before, I can’t believe it was so easy. Well worth giving it a try, but it may take a couple of months.

Comment from: Snowy1945, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

Both hips bother me. The left side is worse than the right. Have been to pain management ortho and another ortho. Today once again diagnosed as hip bursitis. This doctor ordered pill prednisone. It has helped before and since I am going on a road trip. He felt the pills would cover me thru the trip. I asked about surgery. I have spoken to some people that have had it and said it was the best thing to ever happen. Oh well. It’s a wait and see. I have also had it in my shoulder. Repetitive stress from hairdressing. Froze my shoulder surgery fixed that. Bursitis is gone so like everyone else wait and see. I am so sorry this is happening to all of us. I know the pain of it so I can sympathize with you.

Comment from: Too young, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I'm a 31 year old female. I'm slim and strong but bursitis keeps me down. Walking can be unbearable. But I do have a few suggestions my bursitis started about a year ago and I have found good shoes crucial this means no more heels, thongs or sandals anything but a good pair of joggers. Unless it’s necessary. Sad but true. Second with the onset of pain Rest is very important I have 3 young kids which is hard but they are young and pain free so use them as little helpers!! Physio exercises help but they need to be kept up. I’m taking my own advice right now and resting with a wine of course xx good luck my fellow sufferers. Bursitis sucks.

Comment from: Donna Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I'm a very active 67 year old female. Last year I fell on my left side. After X-rays showed no problem with my hip or knee joints I assumed the pain would go away. Four months later my hip hurt so much I was given a cortisone injection by an orthopedic doctor. It helped but the pain came back within a couple months. I kept exercising, running and walking, through the pain. Here it is a year later and I just had my third injection. My hip hurts constantly. I am not overweight and I refuse to stop exercising. My doctor suggested I try acupuncture. I swear I will try anything to make the pain go away. Nothing to seems to help.

Comment from: Lyndy lou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I've had pain in my hip area for some length of time and finally last week my Dr. diagnosed it as Hip Bursitis. I couldn’t believe that no-one had found this out before. I've been given Morphine for chronic back pain however this does not take the pain from the Bursitis away! So this Thursday 8th Dec. I'm going to have a local anesthetic and then a Steroid injection put into the area. I do hope that this will help me as the pain is so chronic each and every day! It takes its toll after a while you can only take so much pain!

Comment from: trackwa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I am 41 year old female who has suffered with bursitis for around 3 years plus. I had steroid injections which did not work. I have gained 3 stone in weight as I am that immobile. I had 1 week today surgery to remove the bursa. Also they found I had bone spurs on my hip which they have also removed. I am hoping this surgery is the end to my misery. I could not walk stand or sit for long periods and my legs would ache through lack of use. My hip would 'go' at any time i am not sure if this pain was from the bursitis or the bone spurs. I have been taking painkillers and diclofecin (brufen) constantly. I am hoping that the surgery will free me form pain.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

Have history of back problems. Three surgeries with spacer implants on last 2 discs. Happened during 12 year period. Developed left hip pain 7 months ago and can't sleep on left side. Referred to orthopedic surgeon. Diagnosed hip bursitis. Pain on hip, leg-hip joint, side of left knee & lower back of left leg. Given meds for 3 weeks which helped some. Then given cortisone injection. Did not get much relief. After one month, going back for follow-up after 2 months.

Comment from: Female Published: September 13

I'm a 63-year old woman and spent years trying to find relief from my hip bursitis (both sides). I've been to every specialist you can name and many alternative practitioners. I am much better now due to a 3 day a week rotation for 2 years among an osteopathic doctor, an acupressure doctor and a deep massage therapist. Very expensive but worth it. However I still have pain in bed and sleeping is difficult. I'm very active however and not willing to give it up. Start with an osteopathic doctor. They saved my life.

Comment from: docfirstinfdiv, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

I am a 63 year old male, and an avid horseback rider. This past July I went on a horse/mule pack trip into one of our wilderness areas. After a short distance (6miles) my right hip began to have a burning type pain that was so bad I became nauseous. I had to have assistance in getting on and off my horse, I could hardly raise my right leg high enough to clear the cantle. The trail that I was on was narrow and went up hill and downhill, so I was putting a lot of pressure on my legs and hips. But only the right was the problem. Long story short I ended up being airlifted to a trauma center where I was diagnosed with Bursitis and Arthritis. Treatment rest alternate heat /ice, follow up with family ortho. Being a trainer I have taken numerous hits on that hip area.

Comment from: Ilusionsofillness, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

My Crohn's disease turned out to be late stage, chronic Lyme disease and a coinfection. I was treated with steroids for years, which fed the Lyme. Be careful, this can happen to you.

Comment from: TL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I wonder if it is okay for a person over 85 to be given antibiotics for colitis.

Comment from: shell, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I have suffered with osteoarthritis for 15 years now and have finally had another diagnosis of hip bursitis. I am not sleeping and am in so much pain and have had this injection for frozen shoulder which worked amazingly well. I have also had an injection in the base of my spine and was in the worst pain ever, so I am quite dubious about the whole thing.

Comment from: Bev, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I am a 33-year-old female and have been dealing with chronic hip pain for a rear and a half. It started after doing the "Insanity" video for the first time. I went to sleep and woke up with my leg stuck turned outward. I couldn't put weight on it or face my leg forward. I was diagnosed with synovitis of the hip and put on pills. As soon as the pills are done I'm back where I started. I have been through three doctors and three rounds of Voltaren pills. I'm still in pain. I used to be a runner and can no longer run, or walk for long periods. I am so frustrated and have gained 30 pounds since.

Comment from: Hollym, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I am 43 & have had bursitis in my hip 3 times now. This last time it has lasted for a year so far. I have done physical therapy, steroid shots into the bursa, NSAIDs. I am now using an ointment with CBD that I heard about a marathon runner using. It is alievating the pain & I am hoping it will get rid of this. I am tired of the pain & the xray shows nothing else wrong. It started in the right & after 8 months both were effected.

Comment from: painfree, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I am a 41 year old nurse who started experiencing left hip pain last fall. I treated it with anti-inflammatories and would rest it when it flared up. This went on for approximately 10 months. Then I worked several busy shifts in a row and the pain became so bad that I was limping and using warm packs and ice packs along with anti-inflammatories just to try to get through a 12 hour shift. I went to see my doctor who ordered x-rays of the my hip and pelvis. The x-rays were normal. He did a thorough exam, was able to pinpoint the area of pain and I received a cortisone injection. I went back to work that night and iced it every few hours, continued the anti-inflammatories and now, 2 days later, I am pain free. I hope this lasts!

Comment from: Gracey612, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

Hip bursitis is the worst pain. I sustained a serious blow to my left hip in an accident 3 years ago and it developed from there. I tried pt, even narcotic pain relievers that gave some relief but not enough to stay on them. I had a cortisone injection by guided ultrasound and got relief in 2 days! It was a miracle. Now when the pain flares once in a while I go For acupuncture and the pain gets better in a few hours! If you suffer from this horrible pain try either treatment! By the time my doctor appointment was made I had to do the cortisone but now the acupuncture will nip the horrible pain. I hope this post helps someone. It is such a horrible pain. Good luck to everyone with hip bursitis. Please don't suffer go for the treatment!

Comment from: Erthluvr1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My father always said, "If it hurts, don't do it." So, I don't! I don't walk for fun anymore, and I've slowed my walking pace. I wear rocker-bottom shoes (Shape-ups, etc.), use the elliptical for cardio, and keep ibuprofen handy, along with something stronger for when I really mess up. I tried swimming, but kept overdoing it and just ended up inflamed. I started to try water walking, but it was too slow for me. I've learned what I can/can't do. I can't go hiking (and I live in Washington), so I have my frustrating moments, but I know what happens if I try things like that and I've just learned to spend my time doing other things. Getting my core muscles stronger also seems to have helped. More support around the joints = less pressure on the joint while walking? I don't know, but it helped.

Comment from: Kailua girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

For two weeks, I participated in Zumba and strength classes at my gym. Ten days later, I woke up with severe pain around my left IT Band. I discovered that I had left hip bursitis. My Internist prescribed Naproxen 500 mg to be taken every 12 hours; and Tylenol with Codeine three times a day. I had to ice my leg five times a day, for a total of 2 ½ hours. Per my doctor’s orders, I could not exercise or do distance walking. Also, I did not sleep on my stomach or left side to alleviate the pain. Additionally, I elevated my leg with couch pillows at night, and consistently throughout the day. At my second internist visit, I shared that healing is a slow process. My internist referred me to an orthopedic surgeon for cortisone shot in my most painful left hip bursa. I took my shot today and feel relieved that the worst is over! After two weeks, if the pain does not subside, I need another shot in another bursa. The orthopedic surgeon said the pain will be gone soon. I am so relieved. I've been worrying about leg pain for five weeks. I wish you all well – good luck.

Comment from: awesomegranny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

At first it felt like my legs were screwed in wrong and the pain would be so bad my knees would buckle. The pain got worse in both hips. Then I couldn't sleep, no matter which side – even with a pillow between my legs. I went to the doctor and got shots. It helped for only about two months tops. During this time, I also had physical therapy. However, it is almost constant now and you can actually feel the heat when you touch lightly. So now I use a cane when it isn't too bad or it is just one side at a time. Other times I'm reduced to using a walker so that when my knees buckle, I won't fall. Getting in the car can be excruciating.

Comment from: Gimpy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I've been trying to cure bursitis in my left hip for four months. The initial treatment was an ultrasound-guided steroid injection. The painkiller in the shot confirmed hip bursitis. The injection was repeated a few weeks later. For many people, that is enough to get a cure. My hip bursitis returned. I'm also seeing an experienced physical therapist. Both the doctors and the physical therapist say that hip bursitis is due to weak upper hip muscles. The steroid injections and anti-inflammatories just give a patient time to rehab their hip muscles. So, I do the exercises and stretches and try not to aggravate it.

Comment from: Marge T, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I started with hip pain in both hips about 10 years ago was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and put on glucosamine. It helped with getting in and out of cars and standing after sitting. Three years ago, my knee started to bother me. I have osteoarthritis in my knee, and started Synvisc-One injections. The pain in my hip kept getting worse, and an X-ray revealed I had bursitis. The doctor sent me to a physical therapist. I actively did exercises but the left hip continued to get worse. I received cortisone injections, and with the exercise it got better. I’ve been doing the exercises at least three times per weeks for three years. Recently, I had another bout of hip bursitis. I just got another injection and was told to do my exercises about seven days a week. Hopefully, this will help.

Comment from: Lynne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I am a 64-year-old woman, fit, and not overweight. I’ve suffered the pain and inconvenience of bursitis for at least 10 years. It wasn’t diagnosed for at least five years. I’ve had all the normal treatments, but nothing lasts. Recently, I had another cortisone injection and am in more pain than ever. Sleep is a rare occurrence. I hope something more natural can give me some relief soon. The pain is terrible, and extends to my foot.

Comment from: oasis888, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

Three years after the on-set and diagnosis I've done cortisone shots 2 to 3 times a year, rehab twice, iced my hip 2 to 4 times a day, tried acupuncture and a chiropractor, and seen two orthopedists for second opinions and help. Other than the shots giving me relief for 2-3 months nothing else works.

Comment from: Terry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I'm 48 years old and was recently diagnosed with bursitis in my right hip. Originally, I thought it was a flare up of sciatica that I had a number of years ago. I'm so glad I came to this site, because I thought I was overly fixated on the pain. Now I know that the pain is as extreme as I thought it was. I'm starting the anti-inflammatories this week, so hopefully that'll help. It feels like I have a golf ball attached to the inside of my hip. The pain wakes me up in the middle of the night when I turn over.

Comment from: Hootmama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I am a 34 year old female that is not overweight at all and fairly healthy. I started having bad shoulder and hip pain a few months ago. I finally got diagnosed with bursitis and the doctor gave me a cortisone injection in each hip. It was very painful the first two days but the relief now is amazing.

Comment from: love to hike, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I have hip bursitis and ilitibial band syndrome on my left hip. My orthopedic doctor prescribed me anti-inflammatory patches and I'm seeing a massage therapist along with a sports injury doctor. We are using different methods to help the bursitis. After 3 months, I am feeling so much better and I'm able to sleep on my left side.

Comment from: IGdoglover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I have had sever right hip pain for 4 years now. I first had a surgeon resurface my hip joint because I thought Ihad a cyst and spurs. It took me a year to get over that surgery in the hope of being pain free. Now the pain is much worse and is in both hips. Now they say I have bursitis on both sides. I have done everything including pills, shots, rehab, homeopathic, massage, you name I have tried it. I can't live the life I want walking with crutches.

Comment from: Bruce, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

I am a male who works out 5-6 days a week. I lift weights (pretty heavy for my age), do stretch band work and cardio. I wish to report that after a life-time of relatively pain-free workouts, I decided to give spin class a shot. It totally screwed up my hip. I am now resting from all the cardio and leg strength training for a week to 10 days. I refuse to say you shouldn't do spin classes but be aware it's not for everyone. If you're in shape, no matter your age and after a spin class your hip(s) bother you, stop immediately. It is not worth it. One exercise does not fit all.

Comment from: dendrology, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have had bursitis in my right hip for about 4 years. Nothing I have done in the past has helped until I started massage therapy twice a week. The therapist applies kinesiology tape on my hip, and I am pain free for the week. It is a totally drug free treatment. It allows me to do my exercises to stretchen the IT band. If I miss my appointment it returns as the tape is good for about 6 days. It is miraculous stuff. This bursitis will not go away until I get my knee operated on, but will have to wait until I retire as I can't afford the recovery time.

Comment from: Katie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

My pain started about a year ago. For me the worse pain is in the front of my thighs. I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with bursitis. I have been going to Physical Therapy for the 2 weeks but it does not seem to help.

Published: October 09

I am a 62 year old female runner. I had a sudden onset of trochanteric bursitis when I was cutting back on my running due to the summer heat in Florida. Don't know what caused it, but seemed to not be an overuse injury. Symptoms were a searing, burning pain in the hip not relieved by ice or heat. I started rehapping on my own with the foam roller and the stick, continuing ice and hot jacuzzi therapy. It started to get better, but not fast enough for me, so I saw an orthopedic doctor and he confirmed that it was bursitis and suggested I could get a cortisone shot. I declined the shot after I was told that my current course of self therapy was the exact thing I should be doing. It took about a month of faithful rolling and walking rather than running, but it worked, and I have now started running again pain free. Unfortunately now I have five pounds to lose and I'm struggling to run consecutive miles. But that is fine as long as that horrible pain is gone.

Comment from: Barney, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I was diagnosed with Trochanteric Bursitis in March 2009 and after doing various exercises over a period of 4 months the pain was worsening. Cortisone injections were administered under u/sound un successfully and was followed up with another course on injections 3 weeks later. No improvement came from the second injections. Things were put on hold for 12 months in the hope things might settle down. Things again worsened and MRI's revealed that the Bursa had cacified. I had Autologous blood injections but again without success. I then had a Bursa Resection done. but in doing so it was found that some tendons on the Gluteus medeus had also some cacific deposits, this weas removed and for 6 months I was pain free. 6 weeks ago the pain started up again and recent MRI's indicted that the Bursa which had grown again as expected has an Oedema and soft tissue thickening, I wil now be back to square one with a course of cortisone starting again. here's hoping.

Comment from: tsimon, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I'm 23 and have been diagnosed with bursitis I have a history of stress fractures from my military service. But this has continued on. I am now 7 months pregnant and it is so painful just walking, standing and sitting. Obviously I cannot take any medications other than ice stretches and Tylenol. None of the above are helping.

Comment from: Biker 94, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I am a 64 year old female and fell two years ago on my right hip. I have doctored it for those two years with no relief. I just had surgery to remove the bursa sac on my right hip. I was told it will grow back, not sure about that though. I hope this does help, will find out soon I guess because this the 1st day after surgery. I could not lay down with out the pain, as long as I stood I had no pain.

Comment from: mypain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I have been suffering from bursitis for about two years. I finally went to a bone specialist who diagnosed me with bursitis. I tried the shots to no avail. It only lasted about three days. I then had the bursa sac removed and boy or boy it is worse now then ever. Just having my pants touch that area sends me into shock. Walking, sitting, resting, nothing gives me any relief. I asked my doctor for muscle relaxers and that seems to help take the edge off. Is there any other treatments out there? I feel like my muscles are tearing every time I walk.

Comment from: Lewis, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I am only 18 years old and this happened to me nine months ago and it’s still going. I've been to the doctor at least four times and all I got was a prescription for Difene pills. I had the whole box-50 pills. My leg is killing me. I can’t walk or move because it hurts so bad. I just wish I could get a bursectomy to get this over with because I’m sick and tired of it.

Comment from: mt cooky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I was 66 years old when I was diagnosed with bursitis. Mobic did absolutely no good, so I had a shot of prednisone. It helped for some time, and then I started taking the 800 mg ibuprofen tablets until I was taking three a day. I thought it was too many and I had another shot seven months later, with Naprosyn for inflammation and Lori tabs for pain. The doctor told me to exercise, swim, or walk. I don’t take the Lori tabs very often, I’m trying to do enough exercise. I'm not near as bad as many others, but have trouble sleeping.

Comment from: atrebor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I had right hip pain on the outside of my right hip for months. I tried Aleve and extra strength Tylenol with little relief. I just had a cortisone injection about 36 hours ago and the pain in gone.

Comment from: scout, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I fell at home a week ago and hyperextended my right knee which really hurt, but two days later my left hip began hurting. It got so bad that I was limping and it was hard to sleep. I saw my orthopedist who took x-rays and said my knee had osteoarthritis and hip bursitis. I begin water therapy this week. Cannot take cortisone and take anti-inflammatory for arthritis, so no more of that. Two years ago I turned my back problem around with water therapy so I am going to try it again. The doctor also told me to begin exercising with leg lifts, front, back and side. I will start that after the pain subsides some. I am 69, a female and walk four days a week, garden, and stay active.

Comment from: cheribeau, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I am very upset. I had a facet injection about a week ago. For the first time, I got no relief and my pain got worse! It got so bad within the last couple of days that I have to lift my leg to get in the car! Way beyond my normal pain. I just got back from the doctor again, and she told me I had bursitis of the hip. She gave me another steroid injection that did not give me much relief.

Comment from: BaDonkaStonk, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

In Oct 2000 I had a left iliac crest bone graft for placement into my right wrist. Several weeks later the pain from the surgical site caused me to fall down a flight of concrete steps on same hip. We can fast forward now 12 years, 10 doctors, 5 different physical therapies, 3 cortisone shots, three different hospitals and the Department of Veterans Affairs has no idea how to treat my 12 years of pain. Pain in hip, down leg, pain after sitting and standing, pain going up and down stairs, pain after trying to work out, after golfing, pain pain pain. All classic symptoms of IT Band & Chronic trochanteric bursitis, which they at least admit I have. They tried PT for hip, knee, hip again, more hip, more knee, x-rays, MRI suggested FAI Syndrome, small labrel tear (10 years after fall for 1st MRI). I fought for two year to be sent outside VA System and was finally approved. The doctor I saw couldn't believe I've had 12 years of pain. He said I needed left hip bursectomy and IT Band Zplasty and that this is normally done within 3 years of first symptoms occurring not 12 years. Now I have to get the Dept of Vetarans Affairs to approve the surgery.

Comment from: walking easier, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

Shoe arches help! I had always been pretty healthy for a generally non-exercising person, and have what look to me like great high arches. After age 30 I had to give up my flip flops for more supportive walking shoes.

Published: June 14

I'm a 56 year old female, not overweight. I had a job with excessive lifting and for the last two years I've been having terrible hip pain. X-rays showed nothing, after six months one doctor did an MRI and I was diagnosed with hip bursitis. Treatment was a cortisone shot, it's been two days and I have no pain.

Comment from: flowergirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have had hip bursitis for six months now, and the pain is excruciating. I have had injections to no avail. My best pain management at the moment is osteopath and a ray lamp for half an hour in the morning and night. I am thinking of trying acupuncture, too. The pain is, at times, mind-blowing; it takes your breath away. I am 41 and have no weight issues. I eat a gluten-free diet, but the pain is still awful, especially at night. I wish there was a cure. They say rest, but it is hard when you work full-time and have a family to care for.

Comment from: Martha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I took Celebrex for my hip bursitis, then had a cortisone injection and started physical therapy (including acupuncture). Emphasis in PT is on strengthening my glutes, so they take strain off my hips when climbing stairs, etc. Therapist also massages between my vertebrae and hip muscles that have tightened up. Progress is slow, but definitely moving in the right direction after 3 weeks of PT. I also stopped running for now. Doing the exercises daily seems to make a big difference. Celebrex helps, but does not make the pain disappear.

Comment from: millie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I have had hip and leg pain for almost 2 years. Went to a chiropractor and it hurt like hell when he adjusted me. I have had 2 accupunture treatments for bursitis which includes cupping. He says he will cure me in 6 treatments so we'll see. He said the inflammed bursa is causing pressure on my sciatic nerve which causing my leg pain. Makes sense to me, I am hoping it works since my insurance does not cover accupunture treatment.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am a 30 year old female who was recently diagnosed with hip bursitis. I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 6 years ago, thinking thats what was causing my hip pain to start with. The doctor has prescribed physiotherapy for me as I have taken anti-inflammatories before and found they only aggravate my stomach. Have little trouble sleeping at night as I take Elavil for my fibromyalgia, hopefully the physio helps.

Comment from: bigred1966, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I received cortisone shot three days ago. The first day was excruciating. Day two was awesome. I got out of bed with no pain in my hip. It is now day three and my hip/leg is hurting like it did before. I'm hoping it gets better each day as the doctor suggested. I go back in a month to monitor progress and possibly another cortisone shot in the other hip. I'm remaining optimistic.

Comment from: lewis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I have bursitis in both hips, but am going through shock treatment at the moment which seems to be working.

Comment from: carrie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

The best treatment I have discovered for hip bursitis is acupuncture it reduces the inflammation along with stretching and laying on my side on a tennis ball and rotate in a circular movement to massage the tissue.

Comment from: caltoks, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I am a 74 year old female. About a year ago I noticed a lot of pain in my right hip while at a senior exercise class. The next day I spent several hours sitting on a hard chair at my oil painting class. When I arose to go home, I had pain from my hip to my knee. I managed to drive home, but could not walk from my car to my door. I had to use crutches to walk when I went to my doctor the next day. He immediately diagnosed hip bursitis. He injected a steroid shot into the bursa and sent me for X-rays. I felt better soon, but took it easy for several weeks. I recently started to attend my exercise class again, but now both hips are on fire! I can still walk, so I am going to take some anti-inflammatory meds and rest up. I hope it works.

Comment from: circle girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had hip bursitis in my left hip and nothing worked except the cortisone shot. This was last year and I haven't had a problem since. Yesterday, my right hip started bothering me. I'm going to take an anti-inflammatory and try resting (and different sneakers for my zumba class) and hopefully that helps.

Comment from: Patricia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I want to the doctor, one doctor told me it was arthritis and gave me Napasin, which did nothing for me. I want to another doctor who told me it is bursitis etc. gave me a prescription of ibuprofen 400mg. No one has prescribed an antibiotic for the inflammation. The doctor also told me I would need physical therapy, made an appointment for that. Why hasn't anyone given me something for the inflammation or even a cortisone shot. I am in pain, but not as much as before. Surgery was suggested as the worst case scenario.

Comment from: Marianne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I am a 44 year old female, very active, approximately 15 pounds overweight. Out of nowhere I experienced severe pain on my left hip to the point of being unable to walk with extreme weakness and pain. This lasted about two weeks before the acute pain subsided and I went to a physical therapist. The diagnosis was hip bursitis and tendonitis. I don't know what I did! The treatment was physical therapy twice a week, and home stretches three times a day, followed by icing of the area. I feel 100 percent better. It is still tender in the area, but on the mend, only a little achiness. I do not take medications. I am told this area can be easily aggravated if the correct approach is not taken. I feel very lucky that my treatment is working.

Comment from: tire of pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

My hip bursitis is tender to the touch and very, very, painful. It is sometimes swollen and hot to the touch. I have done a lot of physical therapy which is very painful. I have had cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory pills, and patches. I finally have something to block the pain that works as long as it is running, it’s called a portable TENS unit. When it cuts off after 60 minutes you can feel the pain though.

Comment from: TDT, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have chronic bursitis in both hips confirmed by an MRI. I have been to physical therapy, and received cortisone injections. I also had a battery charged patch with some kind of medicine placed on my hip six times and no relief. I think the PT helped a little bit, but still, after almost two years, my hips cannot be touched and I am in pain every day. I am active, although this has decreased my activity level and I am not overweight.

Comment from: 24hard working femal, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I am ONLY 24 and have bursitis in my left hip, and a knot that protrudes noticeably with pants on. Not sure why or what to do I have taken meloxicam prescribed by my DR. which only helped for a temp relief and now again the pain is agonizing and I can’t sleep at night. If there are any home remedies please bring them to my attention. Surgery is last resort so Jesus is my option for now and I do believe he can work miracles so in putting it in his hands.

Comment from: JAW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

Seven years ago after NSAIDS and cortisone injections failed to relieve hip bursa pain (job had me on my feet in constant motion with no time to heal), my orthopedic surgeon removed the bursa leaving an opening in the trocanteric muscle which covered it. He explained the bursa would grow back, but rather than "rubbing on the mountain" it would fall between the opened muscles. This short outpatient surgery brought immediate and long-lasting pain relief!

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I am 55 years old, the doctor said I had bursitis of the hip. I have taken Soma and all other kinds of pain meds - nothing seems to help. It is worse at night. Heat and ice do nothing for the pain. I am up all night walking the floor. The worst part is not being able to sleep. I did some of the exercises, they are very painful also. I don't know whether to go to a pain management doctor or a chiropractor.

Comment from: Ginger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

My doctor advised taking Tylenol, stretching exercises and wieght loss. The stretches were painful but I did them slowly and kept them up. Took the extended release tylenol so I could rest at night (along with 1/2 an ambian tablet). Also adjusted my diet to cut out most sugars and simple carbs as I have heard they feed inflamation. I've lost about 7 pounds over the past month and my pain is significantly less. I am 62 year old woman and determined to beat this.

Comment from: val, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I have a lot of pain when I walk for long periods of time, the pin starts and lasts a few days, I do not have tenderness on the hip, the pain is more inside the bone. When I am in pain I can not lie in bed from that side when the pain goes away I can lie with no problem, help a doctor gave me cortisone injection it hurts more no relieve for me!

Comment from: Hazel54, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I am a 56 year old female who has suffered with chronic bursitis in both hips since 1979. The right hip is much worse than the left. I have periodically had cortisone injections and they seem to help well if the right person does them. When the orthopedic doctor himself does them they work but if the PA or my rheumatologist gave me them and they didn't work. Stretching helps quite a bit. Have slept in the recliner for the last 4 years so then I don't roll on my sides.

Comment from: kyocum, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

Yes I went to the doctor told them I was hurting in my left hip all they had done was three x-rays. That's all as of today. I am still hurting. What I am reading on hip bursitis sounds like what I have.

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

Voltaren cream and physiotherapy. This is ineffective, perhaps because the bursitis has been present for at least 10 years.

Comment from: MommaB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had hip bursitis in both hips and received the Cortizone injections which worked great. Last December I had a total knee replacement which ultimately caused me to sleep on my back for many months. My last injection was August 2011 and I am just starting to hurt again. The key is to avoid sleeping on the side that hurts. It may take several months for the inflammation to go down but this does work.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had a burning pain in my hip when I walked or stood. If I sat or lay down it was fine. I was treated with Prednisone for 10 days and the pain went away. I will sometimes get a twinge when I have shoveled or raked in the yard, or lifted too much but nothing like the first time.

Comment from: curlykin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I have bursitis in my right hip/thigh/butt area and it is so painful I can't sleep. I finally bought a 2" thick memory foam mattress topper and now at least I can sleep! It is the only place and time where I can get any kind of relief from the pain but those 8 hours are now my favorite! I'm going to get a cortisone shot and start exercising that area.

Comment from: Zenma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I am obese and have suffered with severe pain of the hip. I thought it was arthritis for years. I finally told my doctor and he said I have hip bursitis. He said that because of my weight he will use a longer needle with a steroid shot. Within a few minutes the pain began to leave. I am now one happy 76 year old. My life is back.

Comment from: L.D., 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I am 75 years old and in good health except for hip bursitis pain. I took the treatment with anti-inflammatory tablets along with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid capsules and antioxidants. I stopped the anti-inflammatory medication and the pain disappeared, but I’ve continued the other medicines. I had good relief from the pain. When I quit the other pills it reappeared.

Comment from: Drwendys, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I have hip bursitis for almost 3 years now and I prefer to treat it naturally with acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, massage, and yoga 3 times a week.