Patient Comments: Hip Bursitis - Describe Your Experience

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Please describe your experience with hip bursitis. Submit Your Comment

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

I have excruciating pain in both hips from hip bursitis. I cannot walk or climb stairs, it is very difficult to live with. Injections had no effect on me nor physio therapy, ice, heat treatment and the rest. I am demented with the pain.

Comment from: chatosalem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I used an oven cleaner without gloves, my skin on my finger turned white from the chemical burn.

Comment from: pookie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

Two weeks after an auto accident struck my left hip side, I experienced a burning pain in my hip area. It was from soft tissue trauma, caused by the car accident. It takes a few days to a week to show up, and the doctor diagnosed and ordered injectable medicines for the hip bursitis. The pain in my hip area is so bad it makes sleep impossible, there is a noted limp while walking, and climbing or other activity near impossible. The doctor advised it is very normal after soft tissue trauma.

Comment from: Ron, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 26

I was diagnosed with bursitis in both hips over ten years ago and had two cortisone injections in both hips. They did not alleviate the problem. I get a bad pain after walking for 5 minutes and have to stop and/or sit down for a minute or two before I can resume walking for a further 4 minutes and so on. Having read many problems people have with bursitis I count myself relatively lucky. When walking is the only time I experience pain from the bursitis.

Comment from: Hank, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 21

For the past 5 to 6 years both my hips have been affected with either bursitis or arthritis. When I walk 100 yards or so pain develops in both hips. As I continue walking the pain in both hips increases to the point I have to stop for 20 or 30 seconds before walking any further. The pain gets to the point of excruciating. Then I have to sit before going any further. Some doctors say it is arthritis. Some say it is bursitis. I have had shots in both hips and an epidural with no relief. I don't know where to turn.

Comment from: Kim, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have hip bursitis in both hips and my doctor believes it will heal itself after a while.

Comment from: BlondeHeartBreaker, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

Yes, I'm treating my yeast infection now. I have no idea of the cause. I haven't taken antibiotics in 2 to 4 years.

Comment from: dodo59, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

This is by far the worst pain I have experienced only second to a disc in my lower spine shooting into the nerve root! I have had countless steroid shots in the outer hip and in the groin for my hip bursitis! I suffer from chronic pain and have a baclofen/Dilaudid pump implanted. No, the pain pump doesn't help with bursitis pain. I find ice and a TENS electrodes placed on the site helps out a lot. I will try anything before I get a shot!

Comment from: Florence, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I have suffered with trochanteric bursitis for five years on and off. The doctor told me that I can continue exercising with it, so I have. I also live on the fourth floor. I pull myself up the stairs. I bought a back wedge and sleep halfway sitting up, which prevents me from sleeping on my side. This helps me sleep throughout the night. I was pain free when I received 10 acupuncture injections. That was all the insurance would pay. Now it is back, for I cannot afford the acupuncture.

Comment from: Tony L, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

Like many comments here I have had hip bursitis for over 2 years and haven't been able to walk more than a few hundred meters without strong pain. I have had 5 cortisone injections but only the first one relieved the symptoms for almost one year, the last 4 did very little to help. My physiotherapist gave me exercises to try and strengthen my legs but all I managed to do was strain my Achilles tendon. That was 5 months ago and it causes me more trouble than the bursitis at the moment.

Comment from: ben, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

I have extreme pain when walking even 100 yards or less. Even a small up incline makes it really extremely painful. I am already on morphine and Norco for spinal injuries which don't help the hip bursitis one bit. Sitting helps but soon as I walk it comes back, even if it is just around the house. Already I had 2 doses of steroid injections with no relief. Plus I take 20 mg a day of steroids for a lung condition, this should help the hip also, but no.

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Comment from: Gladys, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have had hip bursitis for 2 years. I had hip injection 3 weeks ago and the injection site is still very painful and the bursitis pain is variable. At worst I feel as though I am walking on a fractured femur! And at best the groin and thigh pain improves when I have walked a short distance. The pain is also variable depending on which footwear I am wearing. I change my footwear most days at least 3 times. I hate anyone seeing me when I am struggling to walk! I don't know what medication works anymore.

Comment from: George, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I have had hip bursitis now for 9 months, received two injections, and the second was more successful. While my granddaughter was sleeping in my bed she dug her little heel into my hip, and the pain sent me into orbit. Now I am getting the strangest of feelings, on the same site, a very cold wet feeling, that aches. It seems like the pain is coming back. Just wondering why I am getting this sensation.

Comment from: Stevie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had hip pain from hip bursitis starting about a year ago, and went to a physiotherapist. It is so much better. I will keep up my strength with clamshells for strength and a couple of other exercises as well as stretching. I will keep this up for life and she said I should be good. Most people don't keep up program from physiotherapy once they stop going. I am very grateful I have physical therapy, I never went to a doctor, just that and chiropractor for maintenance monthly as usual. I was bad with bursitis at first but physiotherapy helped though it took time.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I've had bursitis in my left hip for about 10 years. Although the intensity of the pain comes and goes, I am never completely free of it. I've had five injections, hours of physical therapy, plus I see a chiropractor twice a month. You may get relief through a good chiropractor. Also, look online for exercises to do for hip bursitis if you are not seeing a professional for care. Be gentle! Quality product curcumin with Bioperine which is anti-inflammatory, is safe. Use ice pack when you get up.

Comment from: Kay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I had hip bursitis. I suffered with pain for 3 years, I couldn't get comfortable to sleep. Finally I went to an orthopedic doctor and he had me try physical therapy and that did work. So he suggested surgery and I told him I would have surgery if it would ease the pain. I had surgery on July 6, 2018 and within a month I am better; I have a little pain but not like the pain I was in. Surgery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I am 52 years old and it is nice to be able to enjoy the things I used to do.

Comment from: Insomnia3d, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had the original injection for hip bursitis at 40 in both hips as my pain was so much as you all described, shooting down my leg, no sleep comfort and walking or standing would be unbearable. I couldn't walk out on my own. That was enough. I saw an orthopedist and got the injection and was patient for it to take effect! It did for 12 years. I then worked a home and garden show standing for 10 hours on a concrete floor and that set it off again. I just got the injection (different doctor) and screamed. I'm waiting.

Comment from: Blue jay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

My pain is in my right hip, radiating down my thigh and into my calf. The doctor diagnosed hip bursitis without x ray. He gave me a cortisone shot yesterday without any advice except that movement is good but no stretching. The shot worked one day. I had to shop today and I'm in agony again. I wonder if anyone else have pain in the calf.

Comment from: Aileen , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I'm in my late 50s and have had hip bursitis for nearly 20 years. I was originally told it was just wear and tear of my left hip. The pain and burning just persisted and I couldn't sleep with it. About 7 years ago I fell over and landed on my bad hip and broke my ankle and a few toes. I had 2 cortisone injections, a waste of time and now it's quite big and very painful. I take Brufen, I keep it warm and use Voltaren gel on it. I asked my doctor to drain mine but he says it will fill up again. At night I use a body pillow as it takes the pressure off the joint.

Comment from: Maryann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I've had hip bursitis for ten years, and had many injections. Five months ago my orthopedic surgeon removed my bursa. Recovery wasn't bad, physical therapy helped, and I feel great; no pain at all. I wasn't overweight so you could see how swollen my hip was. After reading about everyone's pain I would urge all of you to see a surgeon and check to see if removing the bursa would help. I was told I didn't need the bursa and it was my only option. So glad I had the surgery and can live a normal life.

Comment from: coolestmomuknow , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I'm 51 years old and have been suffering from trochanteric bursitis since my 1st pregnancy 32 years ago. I've had many tests, too many medicines to list including several injections in both hips and 2 epidural steroid injections in my lower back. I have had hours of physical therapy, years of heat and ice, and have slept with a thick pillow between my knees for many years. The pain has gotten to the point it consumes my entire pelvic area. I spend most of my day in tears. I get virtually no sleep. I feel hopeless.

Comment from: stephanie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

So interesting to read every ones comments. I have had hip bursitis for has long as I can remember, 20 years. Horrible is the word. I have climbed walls with this in pain, unbearable. I was fortunate to have a gold injection many years ago which worked for some time. But people just seem to have put up with this condition. I have had cortisone injections since I have strong opiates which I hate taking but what do you do! That is the only option is when you have a flare up.

Comment from: Logan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I am dealing with hip bursitis now. I slept sitting up while hunched over my left leg. Not sure how long but it is going on three days and pain and mobility are getting worse. I have sharp and dull pain when lying down, walking, etc. My left hip is the side that hurts. I applied ointment around the area of hip that heats up after being absorbed. I am starting to ice when not doing anything and going to start taking anti-inflammatory medicines.

Comment from: Tammy , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I've had pain in my right hip for over a year now. I had an MRI 2 weeks ago and bursitis and osteoarthritis were found. Today I went to the orthopedist and he gave me a cortisone shot in the bursa. I'm still in pain! I can't even sleep on the right side, it keeps me awake, so painful! I don't know what can be done next. The doctor says a shot in hip joint, but I am not sure if even that will help. I'm sick of this pain!

Comment from: Rach, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I am a 48 year old female with chronic bilateral trochanteric and ischial bursitis in both hips. It started in about 2010 and has progressively gotten worse. I have had a cortisone injection in my right hip. That's it! I live on Panadol Osteo but it does nothing. My general physician refuses to give me any medicines as I'm already on enough medicines every day, and nothing for physical pain, I have an addictive personality! It started in my right hip and now it also in my left hip. I wake every few hours in agony, some mornings I wake up crying as I am so ever not getting enough sleep. I'm at my wits' end with this pain. There's nothing they can do. They can't fix my hips. I'm so messed up, and I see no future, which makes me want out.

Comment from: Nic Louise, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I am a 32 year old female so reading some of the comments from the older ladies doesn't fill me with much confidence at all. My hip bursitis started after a very painful pregnancy a few years ago and was made worse after my latest pregnancy as the bursitis was missed. I have hip dysplasia which unfortunately had not been picked up until I met with my orthopedic surgeon a couple of months ago and he is brilliant! After years of being in pain and suffering terrible during the pregnancies I was referred to rheumatology, gynecology, spinal orthopedics then eventually hip orthopedics after the above failed to find a problem. The cause of my bursitis came from a very severe case of SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) during pregnancy and the pressure from my dislocated pelvis caused the inflammation resulting in GTD (gestational trophoblastic disease). Physiotherapy has failed to be much use although my physiotherapist has been with me since pregnancy and is amazing, so my hip surgeon suggested cortisone injections in both hips whilst under x-ray to ensure the injection hit the right spot. I've just had those injections and they were not as painful as I expected, they felt a little like an epidural needle, for those ladies who have ever had one of those. I'm hoping they work and I'll be reviewed in 6 weeks in clinic. I feel having an experienced and sympathetic care provider is the first stage to getting the right treatment. If you're not happy with the treatment you're getting then demand a second opinion. It's taken me 4 years now to finally get a diagnosis and treatment but it is out there! I'm looking forward to reading more of your experiences and I hope you all get some relief. I'll keep you all posted on next stages of my treatment plan!

Comment from: AMH999, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I have had terrible hip pain. At first it was diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon as piriformis syndrome. I did exercises, massage, chiropractic treatments, it helped a bit and the sciatica diminished. However, my chiropractor said that I had developed hip bursitis and had a problem with my hip flexor. Though some days I thought there was some improvement, I still hobbled and limped and had no stamina to walk but a short distance. I was becoming very depressed. I have taken anti-inflammatory medicines (over the counter) but it would just take the edge off. Sleeping on that side of the hip was excruciating and I woke up throughout the night in pain. Last week I started taking a supplement called serrapeptase that I had read about online on some hip bursitis forums. Within three days I could sleep on that side with no pain. Though I still wake up a couple of times a night, my sleep is so much better. I would recommend everyone to research this supplement to see if it is something that they want to try. My gait is better (not perfect but better) and I want to see how it goes on this supplement over the next few weeks. Right now, I am finally feeling happy that I might have some relief.

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Comment from: Lynne B., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I am a 61 year old female who has been suffering from left hip bursitis for over a year. I have had 2 cortisone injections with minimal relief. The relief lasts about 1 day. I cannot sleep in my bed due to the constant severe pain which sometimes extends down to my knee and down my buttocks. Sometimes, I get nerve shocks down my left buttock. I can get some sleep in the recliner. It was thought by my general physician that I might have sciatica. The physical therapist, orthopedist and chiropractor ruled this out. I have full range of motion! I have tried physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, massage, all exercises recommended by the chiropractor and orthopedist. I get some relief for about 15 minutes, then everything tightens up again. This is so frustrating! The only thing that has given me some relief, and I recommend you check with your pharmacist or doctor first, is a magnesium supplement of 250 mg. I don't know if I had a severe deficiency or what, but as long as I take that one pill, I get relief during the night and am able to walk up the stairs with less pain! I also have CRPS/RSD (complex regional pain syndrome/ reflex sympathetic dystrophy) from a nerve injury incurred during my ankle replacement surgery 10 years ago. I am used to this pain, which is daily and nonstop. I take pain medicines for this. However, this hip pain is incredible! I am fearful that the CRPS has jumped into my hip. I have had an x-ray which revealed nothing other than slight arthritis. I had an MRI last week and am waiting for the results. I am so glad I found this website and all of your comments. It made me feel a little better. Like the old saying, 'misery loves company!' Thank you all for sharing your story.

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

Reading other people's experience of hip bursitis is quite depressing. Mine started in October and in January I was offered a steroid injection in my hip. After 2 weeks the pain eased off a lot and I was no longer hobbling around. Then 2 weeks ago the pain suddenly came back with a vengeance. I had another steroid injection yesterday and this morning I wasn't in as much pain so went out for a coffee with a friend but after walking just a short distance the pain was really bad, so I hobbled back to the car. Tomorrow I am just going to rest and hope the injection is just taking a while to take effect but not holding out a lot of hope after reading other people's comments. My doctor said it does clear up eventually but some people say they have had it for years.

Comment from: Rigster, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 16

I have been fighting this hip bursitis for about 4 years now I am at my wits' end. The doctors just seem to think I want painkillers for dope. Nobody understands that it is just keeping me up at night, nobody can understand I'm lying on the floor in pain, and nobody seems to even care.

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I am a 64 year old female. I was first diagnosed with hip bursitis in the 1990s. It came and went. For two years now, I've been experiencing terrible pain in my right hip. Now the pain is going down my leg all the way to my feet. Between my rheumatologist and my orthopedist, they kept giving me different injections; four in the side of my hip, then to the hospital to have one that they use a machine to find your hip socket first. Then the last one they went through my thigh up into the hip socket, I almost screamed in pain during that one. For the entire time, I was asking for an MRI, always getting the same answer, no, you have bursitis, or no, we know what we're going to find and it is too costly. Costly? Give me a break. Anyway, after all of that and three physical therapists who made it worse, then finally acupuncture, they finally gave me the MRI. Oh, and the acupuncture hurt terribly and it is not supposed to. So I have a torn tendon right off the bone of my hip and every bursa sac in there is filled with fluid (there are more than one). I am going to talk about a bursectomy next week. They said repairing my tendon has a miserable failure rate so they first suggested a plasma injection of my own blood to stimulate healing on its own. That was 7 weeks ago and it is still hurting exactly the same. I had to vent, I found this group and wanted to share. It might not be just bursitis. I wanted to scream with this. I had a gastric bypass and lost a lot of weight and because I can't move or walk far, I am starting to gain so this has been very frustrating to say the least.

Comment from: Missy P, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I have been diagnosed with hip bursitis approximately a month now. The pain as you all know is unbearable. Yesterday I had to be sent home from work as I was unable to walk so getting between lessons was impossible. My doctor prescribed naproxen but having read your comments I am going to ask for cortisone injection, maybe then I might get some relief.

Comment from: Evil, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

So glad I found this site. I too am a 57 year old female with hip bursitis, to whom they said 'lose weight it will help.' Well, I had gastric bypass two years ago, lost a 110 pounds and still had pain. I have had two cortisone shots in my right hip and one in my elbow. I finally got an adjustable bed that has zero gravity feature and it helps take the pressure off so I can sleep. I still have pain but getting the new bed has made it better.

Comment from: Jon Jay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

I have constant pain in my left hip, and groin area from hip bursitis. It is very difficult to sleep, walk, or even bend. The pain gets worse only after a few minutes of any activity.

Comment from: AlesiaE, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

The pain from hip bursitis is a constant throbbing that feels like your muscle is about to break your hip and thighbone as you try to walk. The only relief is when you have an ice pack on or sitting on a heating pad. No medication helps stops the pain, got to take a handful of pills just to ease the pain for a few hours before it comes on strong. It has you in tears pretty much every day all day.

Comment from: Leta, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I am a 66 year old female. I had a hip replacement in my right hand side in 2013. I've developed bursitis 3 years ago and am in agony. I'm having my second cortisone injection tomorrow which I know isn't going to help. I'm at my wits' end with the pain. The only relief I get is when I'm in bed as it takes the pressure off. I'm constantly walking with a limp. I've never known so much pain and to be truthful the consultants said I just have to live with this. I cannot take anti-inflammatory drugs as I have asthma and COPD which aggravates it. I just don't know which way to turn. I just want my life back!

Comment from: Wits End, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I awaken with severe pain on the right side from hip bursitis. At the right hip bone if touched with minimal pressure it is so painful I will recoil. There are certain points along the hip and the thigh that are tender and pulsating with pain. Nothing but ice gives me relief. I am scheduled for pain injections or I will take out this side of my hip myself!

Comment from: Diane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have had trochanteric bursitis for two and a half years now, caused by a fall. I was given a Cortizone injection by the doctor and after a few days the pain subsided. This lasted three months and the pain came back. I endured this for a couple of months and was given another injection. The same scenario, pain went away but came back after 2 years. With some physiotherapy the pain subsided and then came back with a vengeance. So again I had another cortisone which minimized the pain so I now wake between 4.30 and 6 am instead of between 1 and 2 am. I looked online for exercises to help and found I was unable to do on the bed, however, I went to the local aquatic center and tried the hydrotherapy pool and found that I am able to do the exercise albeit standing rather than lying. I have been 3 times so far and found that overall I am feeling that this might just be an answer. How can you lose weight without exercise! I can't, so I here's hoping.

Comment from: JillianD, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I have been diagnosed with hip bursitis a month ago after 2 months of pain. I had a cortisone injection which was okay except it wore off after the anesthetic wore off. I find the pain very difficult and rest when I can but my husband is being treated for pancreatic cancer and requires care. Today I went to a different branch of the clinic and found a doctor who explained that my improvement will depend on how much pain is from the bursa and how much is arthritis or muscle problems. It is now 10.15 and my injection was at 3 pm so I think I am still floating on the anesthetic. After reading all this I am hoping it works so I can keep going as long as necessary. Near us is a place that offers laser acupuncture for a variety of conditions and a relative has been there and says it works so if this does nothing after the anesthetic wears off I will have to try that.

Comment from: Cher, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

After cortisone shots for my greater trochanteric bursitis (GTB) I found that they didn't last very long so I went for the PRP, platelet rich plasma injection. In the past year I have had done PRP twice and it helped me tremendously. I am finding that it is starting to act up and again as long as PRP works I will continue doing it, perhaps twice a year.

Comment from: Constance , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have extreme pain all day from hip bursitis. I've had the cortisone injection and it made my pain worse. I've been dealing with this for almost 2 years.

Comment from: Mabel, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have rheumatoid arthritis and quite often have hip bursitis that inflames quite badly making it hard to be on my feet for any length of time. I purchased a small ultrasound kit online several years ago and it really helps a lot, in fact, I notice a difference very quickly after just using it for 5 minutes.

Comment from: Earthangel23, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had a hip replacement over 3 years ago, but it seems that my hip just will not heal. My doctor says I have bursitis in that hip, but today my leg hurts really bad, I didn't do anything to aggravate it. It got so bad that I was actually having to drag it behind me just like I had to do before I had the surgery. It is swollen, painful in my thigh and burning again, I simply don't understand why I can't touch the leg without pain and I can't even lie on my right side ever again. It is hopeless to think I will ever recover and I am becoming very depressed again because I just want to go back to work and have a life again. Every time I take one step forward it seems I go 2 steps backwards.

Comment from: meandmidget, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was diagnosed with hip bursitis a few years ago. I wake every night and have to change sides. This morning at 3 it was terrible. The worst yet, I even had a sight fever. Tons of nasty chills. This made the pain unbearable! I suffer from chronic pancreatitis so I have strong narcotics. I took one at 3 am. I was barely able to walk at 7 still in pain but I took myself to the hospital. I spent 11 hours there and had x-rays, urine and blood tests, and 2 MRIs. I was given prednisone and Flexeril. The side effect of the prednisone is pancreatitis. Going to be a scary couple of days.

Comment from: KW, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

My pain began 8 months ago after sitting for an extended period of time over a one week period on a soft couch. Lying down to sleep was impossible due to the shooting pain in my left hip. After finally being diagnosed with bursitis, the doctor said there is basically nothing that can be done for it other than taking Aleve. No walking or hiking, no exercise. I can only sit on a wooden chair as soft surfaces cause too much pain. As with others, it is very depressing and sleep is fitful.

Comment from: Linda, Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I have had hip bursitis for nearly 7 months now. I have had physiotherapy, ultrasound therapy, two Cortizone injections, two weeks of placing an icepack three times a day for half hour, and nothing helped. After 6 months of terrible pain, my doctor suggested I try cold laser therapy, which I did. So far I have had two treatments and am pain free for the first time in 7 months. I am going for another 3 treatments, so to all who are suffering from this problem, please ask your doctor about cold laser therapy, it has put my life back to normal again.

Comment from: NanaTammy11, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I have degenerative disc disease in my back and also bursitis in my hip. My orthopedic doctor gave me a cortisone shot on Tuesday in my hip and today (Thursday) my right leg went numb and I almost fell. I twisted when I grabbed onto my table so I wouldn't fall and now I have shooting pains down my right leg and in my foot.

Comment from: Marelena, Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I have been diagnosed with trochanteric bursitis. I have had shots in my hip and so far they have worked for a good 3 to 6 months. Three days ago it started up again with pain through my hip, lower back, down my leg by knee. Walking is one of my greatest joys and I fear that eventually I will not be able to do that. I normally walk at least an hour each morning. I am so fearful that I will eventually have to stop. Today I am seeing arthritis doctor for probably another shot. Not happy.

Comment from: Pat b., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I started to get left hip pain over two years ago, after sitting and watching a show. Eventually I needed to see an orthopedic doctor for my hip bursitis, from there a steroid injection, which helped. Now after the injection lasted two months, and waiting five months for a hospital appointment to go all through the system again, I am waiting again for another injection. I am finding it hard to walk straight away when rising from a seat, or getting out of the car. I was told yesterday at my appointment, there isn't much that can be done. I am feeling a bit depressed today, struggling to walk.

Comment from: Charlie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

I retired and moved to a warmer climate one year ago. After driving 2000 miles to my new home I noticed my left buttock had a dull pain that radiated down to the knee, but only when sitting in the car and occasionally when sitting in a chair. After x-rays and an MRI the orthopedic doctor confirmed hip bursitis. Steroid injection provided temporary relief, then anti-inflammatory drugs, then physiotherapy. After that I still have pain in the buttock and down the posterior leg to knee after driving for more than a half hour; even while just sitting in the car and not driving!

Comment from: Goldie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I've had bursitis in my shoulder/elbow before, shots and steroids worked. However, now I have it in the outer and inner hip area. I got a shot which helped some with the trochanteric bursitis on the side of the right hip, but the ischiogluteal bursa by the tailbone is still inflamed. Now going on 8 weeks of tests, taking medications, walking with a cane, tried TENS unit, icing and heat, but the pain is worse at night from being on it all day at work, it just aggravates it all over again. By the end of the week, I spend Saturday doctoring myself again in order to be able to do anything. I am behind on everything.

Comment from: Mar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I am just starting treatment for hip bursitis, Graston technique. I had one session with my chiropractor and already sleeping better. I am dreading next sessions because it isn't exactly pain free, but at least only lasts 90 seconds. Better than shots and surgery, hopefully.

Comment from: NoMoreBootcamp, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

Trochanteric bursitis has been diagnosed in my left hip, I am going to have cortisone injection tomorrow. Doctor said probable cause was repetitive action. In trying to lose weight, I embarked on a walking program, then a bit of spin bike, boxing, lightweight bicep curls and the dreaded step. On and off a low wooden platform leading with left then right leg 30 to 50 times. I protested at the time and should have refused! Only thing I have found to help in bed at night is a 2 or 3 stack of pillows at ankle level which reduces the drag on the hip area as soon as you lie down and try to sleep. I have to sleep on my side because of sleep apnea. I also have a cushion between knees (have done for years) but this doesn't help the hip/thigh/knee pain. But putting ankles on pillow stack so they are at hip level helps!

Comment from: Jenn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

The pain from hip bursitis started about 6 months ago and there were times when I could barely move. Throbbing at night and extreme sharp pain if I move has affected sleep. At times I was stopped dead in my tracks when doing ordinary everyday activities. I was hobbling most of the time. My chiropractor makes a massive difference with his treatment of the condition. I see him every two weeks and the pain level is much more tolerable than prior to starting treatment. I still have times when I am in a lot of pain, but am mostly fully mobile now. I do not take any medications. Perhaps a good chiropractor can help others.

Comment from: Ella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I found a few of you described my hip troubles to a T. I'm sorry that anyone else is struggling like this and for so long! I've only been hurting for 1 1/2 years. It's really gotten worse in the past few months. X-ray shows arthritis in SI (sacroiliac) joints and problems (that I've felt for years) with that pubis symphysis area being off track. I was referred to a specialist who decided it was trochanteric bursitis and gave intermittent 2 cortisone shots in right hip, 1 in left. I got only temporary relief there as others have stated. I've tried various physiotherapy treatments, chiropractic treatments, and massage. Massage did actually help somewhat, particularly painful deep tissue in buttocks. I think it stopped everything from getting worse. I need to go back. The only problem is hectic life gets in the way! Struggling to do the things I used to do slows me down and of course has an effect on my emotional state. Also the pain has spread, my whole hip and tailbone region and lower back hurt. Most treatments have been put on hold due to life circumstance but starting next week I'll get back to massage, book in to see the specialist again, and see this new physiotherapist I've only been to once. His claim is the leg length thing. Hopefully he'll fix me up! I'm quite skeptical however as nothing else has worked long term. I'm also at the point of asking for time off work so I can focus on the stretching and strengthening, ice and rest but not sitting at a desk all day making it worse. As you can all relate to, it is a tough thing because people don't see or understand your pain and how it affects your daily life.

Comment from: Del, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I am a fifty eight year old female, and I had hip bursitis for a year. I have had sleepless nights, with extreme pain sitting, standing, and walking. Life is awful. I had three injections, but not much relief. I am beside myself with it all.

Comment from: Pinky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I have had hip bursitis in my left hip for 15 years. It was only 7 months ago that it was diagnosed and that was through paying to go private. For all those years I have had to put up with the pain with no diagnosis. I even thought it must have been in my head! I had an injection in my hip in April 2015, which lasted just two weeks. Now it's back again. I can't sleep properly, I hobble like an old woman when I get up from a chair or sofa. It's depressing. I am only allowed 2 to 3 injections a year and quite frankly it's not worth it just for two weeks' relief. Is this my life from now on! I also have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (I had 3 injections in my spine but they made no difference whatsoever); the two probably work together though pain wise.

Comment from: River, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I had a left hip replacement in October 2014. This resulted in my left leg being one and a half inches longer than my right. Soon after, I developed horrid back pain. I kept pushing through it and soon I started having pain in my left leg on the outside of the thigh and very severe, about four inches above my knee. Then I developed shocks of nerve pain in thigh. I got cortisone in my bursa and some trigger points in my leg and the pain went away. I had surgery on right hip to even out leg lengths in February 2015. The pain returned in left leg as cortisone wore off. It got so bad I couldn't bear weight on left leg. I received more cortisone and lidocaine patches. It has been a month since the cortisone and I don't need the lidocaine patches now. I have learned to walk without a limp now. But new hip is still about a half inch shorter. I am hoping without a limp, the bursitis will not return. The pain ends up spreading to the groin, into the hip flexor and side of hip, down outer thigh to the point you can just barely, with a lot of determination, walk on that leg. Since I am pain free for the first time in months, I am starting yoga. I lost all strength in left groin area and hip flexor. I hope pain doesn't return.

Comment from: Ginger, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I just started doing Pilates with a trainer about 5 months ago. All went well and then for the first time I had an increasingly worsening pain in my right hip, which was diagnosed as bursitis. Doctor put me on 6 day pack prednisone treatment and I was pain free within 3 days. I remained pain free for a couple of months and then (after a pretty strenuous Pilates workout), the pain was back; and worse this time. I am using lots of ibuprofen, which seems to make me sick and only reduces the pain slightly. I am going back on the prednisone tomorrow, and thinking I need to find another workout routine!

Comment from: ricoron, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 27

My bursa in both hips started to be very tender and painful in 2011. Four years later and 2 steroid injections, physiotherapy, etc., the pain is getting worse. Some nights I hardly sleep as it is very hard to get a position which isn't painful. Sleeping on my stomach is the only way that I can sleep most nights. Strenuous activity or a lot of walking makes it worse. I take one Aleve each morning but am not sure if I want it at night as it didn't seem effective when I did. I am truly at a loss. My daughter has encouraged me to see a naturopath.

Comment from: Jody, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

I am a 54 year old male, I have had bilateral trochanteric bursitis for several years. I can't stand too long, I can't walk too far, and I can't sleep for any period of time because of the pain. I have difficulty getting into automobiles but getting out I sometimes need help or my knees buckle. I have been receiving Depo-Medrol plus shots for a couple of years, sometimes relief is for a few months and sometimes like this last round only days. I find that cold, damp weather makes it much worse. I use capsicum ointment on both hips daily for minor relief and taking hydrocodone 5 mg every 4 hours again provides minor relief. My family doesn't get it, they keep telling me to get up and exercise and move around. A heated blanket also helps me somewhat. I hope this helps some of you.

Comment from: Muffy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have bursitis in the right hip, I want to thank everyone who shares there experience of this dreadful condition, now I know I am not alone in this awful pain. It is agony at night soon as I try to sleep. It goes down my leg right into my foot, the muscles feel like they are twisting, don't ask me to lay on it either because that makes it worse. I have a serious spine condition which is painful but this hip pain is worse than anything I ever had before. Tomorrow I am having the steroid injection in it because I can take this pain no more. I feel for all of you, this is awful.

Comment from: maxfrisk, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

My hip bursitis always bothers me a day before a low pressure weather system arrives. It does go away, but the area remains tender. I had it in my left hip and it took two cortisone shots to alleviate the problem. Now it is my right hip and I had one cortisone shot but I still have pain.

Comment from: Tarangela, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I am 55 years old. I developed some pretty severe depression after fighting the good fight at the Federal Government where I worked. When I retired my normally athletic self was kind of invalided for three years. I noticed toward the end of two years sickness, that my hip ached while I lay in bed. It began getting worse and radiating to my knee. I used muscle cream and Motrin, well, I started pulling myself up with the old Army workout, being a veteran. I am back in shape again, but my bursitis is getting worse. By worse, I mean can't sleep. It is in both hips now, radiating to the knee and 95% of the time this is when I am lying prone to read or sleep. Motrin does help a great deal, but I'm lazy to take those horse pills and I wake back up with pain after approximately 4 hours. So by my bed is a small bottle of Motrin 800s, and muscle cream. I mention being athletic because I want everyone to know that exercise and great stretching technique, does not seem to make a bit of difference with the bursitis.

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I have an ache in my left hip, worse at night, and I find I cannot sleep on the affected side. It's worse when walking upstairs or uphill. The ache can wake me up at night. It's a definite ache rather than pain. I can turn it off and ignore while working. But at night it's annoying. I've been to the doctor and she said it is classic bursitis. I will be going for an x-ray. I've been given anti-inflammatory painkillers. I can have steroid injection if it persists.

Comment from: Janiebaby, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I had no pain whatsoever until two months ago. One morning when I stood up getting out of bed, the pain was so excruciating that I had to drop back down on the mattress. I made an appointment with my doctor immediately, she ordered an x-ray after performing a thorough examination. I had hip bursitis on the right side. I could not sit for long or sleep on that side without horrible pain plus walking was practically out of the question. Today I had a steroid shot and the pain is gone! Such relief. I am now to go to physical therapy and concentrate on stretching exercises. If the pain returns, at least I will have had a brief vacation from it!

Comment from: Katmandu, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I developed bursitis in my right hip after I lost 25 pounds and started mixed martial arts training. The pain was intense. My doctor told me to take a few weeks off and then take it easy for a bit. It got better, I went back into training, and boom, back again. We've done pills, shots, and time off. I lost another 25 pounds. It still hurts like mad. This time I took 30 days off and I was planning to go back to the gym tonight but I hurt as much today as I did 30 days ago. I never had any problems when I was fat and sat on my butt working all day. Now that I'm active and considerably lighter, I'm freaking miserable and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

Comment from: Nic, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I have been suffering for the last 12 years and was only given a diagnosis this year of trochanteric bursitis. I have it in both hips but only suffer pain in the right hip. I've tried all kinds of pain relief - injections, pills, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, TENS machines, acupuncture, and nothing seems to work. I've been told basically nothing can be done as surgery is not guaranteed to work so it's more pain injections. At the age of 34 I can't lead a normal active life and to be honest just sick of the whole lot. Surely they can't just leave me in pain for the rest of my life!

Comment from: Suzziq, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have had hip bursitis for over a year. My doctor said both my hips need to be replaced. He said since I have arthritis in both hips, I don't walk correctly which causes my bursitis to flare up. I get cortisone shots in both bursa sacs about every 2 months. It only seems to work for about 4 weeks and then gradually gets worse and worse. Until I decide to get my hips replaced, I will probably continue with the cortisone shots for a while. I don't like taking pain killers, especially in the middle of the night when the pain seems to be the worst. If I do take pain medication at that time, I wake up with an upset stomach. Taking them with milk seems to help.

Comment from: raverbaby88, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I have been getting pain now for four years. I had MRI/x-ray which didn't show up anything. I spent 1 year at physiotherapy (which was a waste of time they said I had lower back pain), 6 weeks acupuncture treatment (helped the pain very temporarily), 1 year at private chiropractic clinic who diagnosed hip bursitis and promised he would cure me in 4 months. But here I am today still suffering! I do the exercises but they don't work and are too painful. The stretches are good but after 4 years I get on/off excruciating pain that now I am lying in bed unable to move. I am seeing another general physician next week to suss out some options.

Comment from: Nanny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

One week before Thanksgiving I started having hip pain and had trouble walking or sitting. It got worse over the weekend and by Monday I couldn"t really move. No position helped except lying in bed on my back. I thought it was a pinched nerve since I"ve had sciatica and broken tailbone in the past. After testing where it was found to be hip bursitis, and some preliminary treatment I started physical therapy (16 weeks) and pain medication. I am into this 6 months and still on pain medications and muscle relaxants. I did have steroid injections but they only proved to help for a few weeks. I feel now like I am worse than before the steroid shots. I use a cane. I swim 3 times a week. I"m losing weight but the pain persists. I"m improved maybe 60% or a little more depending on the day and sometimes worse. I"m still on pain medications. I feel like I am never going to get better.

Comment from: Larky, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 14

My back was offered an operation. My knees are bone to bone. At age 90 I shall probably not have them fixed. They are painful. But more so were my hips. I thought I might get new ones, except they were ok. The pain was the inflamed bursar (both sides). Cortisone shots are miraculous in relieving the pain; and even help knees and arthritic thumbs. Only problem is that they do not last long enough. I find regular stretching exercises have helped everything else. I also walk a little and do Tai Chi. I wish you all well. Here is to mobility.

Comment from: riverjohn, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I have had severe hip pain caused during walking for several years now but no other time. I"m in very good shape, BMI 25.5. I work out 5 days a week, Nordic Track and Total Gym. I can work out 20 minutes on the Nordic Track and don"t feel a thing. But if I walk 200 feet and many times I have to stop and rest, the left hip pain is so bad. One orthopedist finally suggested trochanteric bursitis. Before then it was "disc problems”, but no one could give me a description of what is going on there. I do have severely degenerated L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs. I have some pain issues with that but it usually goes away within days. I keep my core very strong.

Comment from: Patsy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My hip bursitis began after months of ballet exercises in a hot pool. I was proud of my flexibility (especially for my age) and guess I overdid it. I also have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I have tried everything and will tell you what worked. I injected myself with 1ml B12 for ten days - 50% reduction in pain and stiffness. Use the "MELT" method (foam roller) to rehydrate tissues - 20-30% improvement so long as I do it every day. I"ve never had cortisone shots but take turmeric 4 capsules/day and also do periodic fasting on water only for one week at a time - this also works and is not as hard as you"d think! Low dose naltrexone (LDN) keeps the RA in order and thus helps with bursitis.

Comment from: Shanna2013, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I was diagnosed with bursitis in my right hip 7 years ago. I went in for an injection, he did it under some sort of x-ray and it seemed to ease up a bit. I am a very active but somewhat overweight, 5'4" and weigh approximately 205 lbs., but I am extremely active in cycling, Krav Maga and strength training. About three or four years ago it moved to both hips. About a year ago I went back to my doctor to get another injection but this time I went to a different doctor. And he just did it in his office and I got no relief. I tried it again 6 weeks later and again nothing, so I decided cortisone just isn't for me. I can't sleep on either side for any length of time because of the pain. The stretching exercise my doctor sent me home with is painful because it is designed for someone with only one sided bursitis. I am tired of being in pain and don't know what else to do but 7 years of constant pain wears on me!

Comment from: MiamiA1A, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have trochanteric bursitis in my right hip. It is probably caused by uneven leg length. My right leg is 2 in. longer than the left; about an inch and a half of the discrepancy is in the thigh. I have had this since May "13. It is quite painful and is limiting my activities. I have not had a cortisone shot yet, because they are expensive, and I kept hoping it would go away. Stretches and anti-inflammatory drugs are the only treatment I have tried.

Comment from: Mtngirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have bursitis in both hips but worse in my right. It has been active for over 5 years now. Occasional injections of steroids at the site have eased the pain. I also have active are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. I am beginning to believe the RA is in the hip joints as well. Walking any distance is a no no, for my hip will give way. And actually walking uphill is easier! I am taking water aerobics and swimming, using heat and water therapy helps so much. I am overweight, so it could be a factor as well; but working on that also.

Comment from: Prayers4u, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I am 60 years old and have had bursitis in both hips and knees for the last twelve years. Early on I was also diagnosed with lupus and connective tissue disease. But repeated ultrasounds and hydrocortisone treatments have confirmed bursitis. I have been on 400 mg of Celebrex forever. It really helps with much of the pain and it is not an opiate. I also detoxify at least three times a year by fasting 10 days. I eat a very healthy diet, no dairy, lots of vegetables, lots of water, high protein low carbohydrate and avoid at all costs acidic foods - see gout diet. Light exercise and stretching is good; no stairs ever, it inflames the condition.

Comment from: naturegirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I have had a desk job for 25 years, and have been an active person. I have slight to moderate arthritis in my hands and hips. I have had what I now believe is bursitis in my left hip for about a year. I work for a physical therapist and personal trainer, and I believe that my core strengthening has been the biggest help. Ultrasound directly on the bursa helps too. I experience what so many others have expressed, pain walking on inclines, and especially pain and throbbing at night while in bed, unable to lie on either side. Engaging the core when climbing stairs really helps, as well as the very regular stretching and yoga. I always feel the best after my short workouts. On bad days I take naproxen and actually feel pretty good.

Comment from: zara, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I was unlucky enough to have 2 car accidents in my first year of driving in 2012. In the first, I just had a bad muscle inflammation and had physiotherapy. Just 10 days after all treatment was finished, the second one happened. It started with a horrible ache on the outer hip and started going in to the bum and leg when I was at work. As a home to home health care assistant it was just too painful to work and I couldn't sleep with the bursitis pain. It felt like my hip was grinding down to the bone and there was pain in my legs. So I went to the doctor and he gave me a steroid injection that hurt like anything and did nothing but left me with a dent the size of the palm of my hand. I had a lot of back pain from the accident but they said they were not sure if it was my sciatic nerve or 2 different problems. Everything took so long before I even saw a consultant that things got to the point I couldn't walk or bear any weight on my right hip. After a year of having most of my weight on my left, that is now starting to develop the same pain. I finally got an appointment and am getting help but the pain gets a lot worse before it gets better with all the prodding a pulling. Good luck to anyone that has this horrible problem.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed a year ago with osteoporosis of the spine and osteopenia of the hips, both caused by chemotherapy treatment. Now I have bursitis in both hips, the left being the worst. I have had 2 injections in the hip, fluoroscopy, and ultra sound injection. Nothing has helped. I can't sleep. I am a bartender, so I cry all the way home from working 6 plus hours. My quality of life is horrible. It seems my orthopedic doctor is just giving me the run around. My pain medications don't work. Neither does the meloxicam. It's looking like disability is in my future.

Comment from: Hurting, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have had hip bursitis in the left hip for several months. I have had a cortisone injection, and several weeks of physical therapy. I also continued the exercises on my own at home. So far I have had very little relief. The pain is much worse at night. I cannot get a night of rest without waking every hour in pain. I have tried heat and ice. Exercise and stretching helps more, although walking does aggravate it. I am contemplating surgery. Mine is the trochanteric type.

Comment from: chloe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I'm 52 years old, female. I stepped up miles on my recumbent bike, and downhill skied in the same week. This extra activity caused trochanteric bursitis; literally stopped me in my tracks. I fell, getting off toilet, and using steps. My left leg just gave out. While going to a chiropractor I discovered my hips get "out of place". I had not been to a chiropractor in about a year. The clinic doctor gave me Flexeril and prednisone along with Aleve, I'm better 24 hours after diagnosis. Not to mention I have an appointment with my chiropractor. This pain was worse than giving birth, by far. I cried, and I never cry. The spasms are unbearable. I would try anything if this treatment doesn't work. Acupuncture, cortisone shots, and even surgery. A person is almost disabled by this diagnosis.

Comment from: verde, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

The hip bursitis started for me about 2 years ago. I run on an average, 25 miles per week. I have received cortisone injections in the past, and have had some relief. My pain is initiated by sitting and laying on the affected side. Currently I am on 600 mg Motrin 3 times a day. Recently I had new orthotics made to assist with this issue. I just finished 6 weeks of physical therapy. They used massage, used TENS, and gave me an assortment of exercises. I have improved greatly. I purchased a TENS unit and have decreased the Motrin and continue to run. I really think that this will never go away, but will need to manage it through exercises and stretching.

Comment from: geraldine47, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have had arthroscopy surgery on my left knee a year ago and just had the right knee done on October 31st, 2013 and I am still in chronic pain; I don't know which one is worse, they both hurt and on top of that I have bursitis in both hips. I am not getting any sleep at night. The pain radiates down my legs and I'm having problem with my left foot. Bottom line, I have several joint pains and nobody seems to be able to diagnose the problem, they keep saying it is arthritis. I have seen the rheumatologist, they did some blood work and said everything was negative, I want to know what I need to do. I got an appointment with the arthritis doctor, the same one who diagnosed me with bursitis and all he did was gave me cortisone shots and physical therapy, which did not help. It's impossible for me to even sit on my buttocks now without having severe pain.

Comment from: Townie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I am 54. I am suffering from hip pain in my groin and side after a fall split style on a wet side kitchen floor. After a month my pain moved to the side of my hip after exercise walking and walking up to my 3rd floor apt. Thank goodness, my primary physician immediately referred me to an orthopedic doctor. After exam he diagnosed me with hip bursitis and still unclear about the groin pain with bone structure a little off. He used the ultrasound to inject the pain medicine and steroid shots. I felt ok for the first 12 hours but the pain is back. I am trying to move to a first or second floor apt.

Comment from: suzy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have been dealing with this hip/lower back pain for a very long time. I use 2 different patches one is called Lidoderm for pain and the other is Flector for reducing inflammation and a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit to help with the pain. I love this TENS unit, I feel the tingling from it and not the pain, I sometimes move the wrong way and it feels as if someone stabbed me in the lower back with an ice pick! It will stop me right in my tracks. Then I get the pain shooting down my leg past my knee.

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

I have had bursitis for over 20 years. I thought at first it was due to child birthing, and then thought it was fibromyalgia. Last year I decided to see what could be done, and went to the doctor. It was bursitis all this time! I Have pain in both hips, and toss and turn all night. I started getting nerve pain on the right side that would go down the leg a few inches, and across the right buttock. It was painful and left me feeling cross and agitated. Clothing hurt and, the seat belt hurt. I received cortisone shots. It wasn't horrible, and after about a week I was pain free. I went back 5 months later, and this time 10 months later, plus physiotherapy. The doctor mentioned endoscopic surgery, something to think about. I waited over 20 years for nothing; should have gone in sooner.

Comment from: ruthe60, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 20

Had my left hip replaced in 2011 and in late September of this year, developed bursitis, according to my doctor. I did exercises as given and as long as I kept moving it was ok. Then I had surgery on a finger which became infected and I was given two different antibiotics and my bursitis went away. Now, in November, it is back. I wonder if the antibiotics could have done that. I consider myself very active, playing golf, exercise regularly, etc.

Comment from: Mary, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I've had problems with hip bursitis since I was 17 (now I'm 33). It came on rather unexpectedly when I was a runner in high school. It has affected how I exercise ever since and I wish I could find a doctor who would help me in a meaningful way with it. All I've ever been told is to pop some ibuprofen. Well, the problem with that is that ibuprofen tears up my stomach. But I have to say the thing that has helped the most with relieving the pain long term is losing weight. Yes, folks, it really does help. I've dealt with this for 16 years and in that time period I went from 180 pounds to 135 pounds and when I was 135 pounds, I experienced a very small amount of pain when I really over-exerted myself but when my weight was at 180, I had some serious pain with even just moderate amounts of activity. Losing weight will really help and I'm not saying this to be mean, but just to tell the honest truth.

Comment from: lindai, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

The symptoms I experience with hip bursitis is burning pain on my right hip that goes down the side of my leg. There is a little bit of tenderness in the front of my hip and I walk with a slight limp when it flares up. I am of normal weight (129 lbs) but I sleep on my right side every night and I think the pressure causes the pain. I also have back issues that may exacerbate the pain in the muscles.

Comment from: Hurting, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I am 49 year old female. Over the years I would have severe left hip pain while sitting for long time, thought it was sciatic nerve. Fifteen years ago I fractured my back, snow tubing, so this was all related. About 6 months ago I started to have constant left hip pain going down my leg past my knees. I couldn't sleep. I would have to get up and walk around, nor could I sit or stand for long periods of time, which I just thought, over time, was my back. Finally I went to a hip doctor a month ago and he said it was trochanteric bursitis and gave me a cortisone shot and did physical therapy for about a month. Well, the shot lasted about 10 days and therapy helped but as soon as I stopped, the pain came back full force. He sent me to back doctor who thought it was sciatic nerve, had MRI done this week. Although it showed minor/old fractures and some disc bulging there was nothing to worry about so it was not a nerve or spine. They gave me another shot today and told me to ice twice a day, try physical therapy again for 4 weeks and told me take naproxen, it takes the edge off but that's about it, but I'll try it again. The pain sometimes is so unbearable, I just want to cry. So hoping the 2nd shot will help and I can finally get some sleep.

Comment from: Marian, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

For a few years now I have had pain in the hip area after a dancing injury. I had it treated with physiotherapy but realized, after 3 weeks rest from a coccyx injury that the hip did not improve. I had further investigation which led to the discovery of a hip bursa. I had the cortisone injection the same day of the scan (2 weeks ago) but no improvement at all so I will need to investigate further. Typical symptoms are pain on side of the hip and the muscles around the area and inability to sit for long as it feels like a muscle spasm occurs and I need to massage the area. I cannot exercise, especially climb a hill or walk for very long as the pain escalates.

Comment from: Anita, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I'm 39. I have hip bursitis. It started 3 months ago. I also have patellofemoral syndrome in my knees and nd have pain in my iliotibial (IT) Band, but my doctor says its not IT band syndrome. The pain is severe in my hips, and my upper legs. I can't sleep on my side at night. I can barley walk up and down stairs. I suffer at work; I stand most of the day. Exercise and stretching makes it hurt more. Ice, 800 mg Motrin, Vicodin, and meloxicam doesn't even touch the pain! Unreal. What a life! I can't take this much longer. I'm pretty much disabled. I feel like I will be in a wheel chair soon and on disability. My muscles are so weak its unreal. I'm depressed.

Comment from: Jambisket , 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 02

Last year I injured my back and was unable to work for a while. I also noticed when I walked a lot, my left upper leg hurt too. I got steroid injections for hip bursitis and eventually returned to work. This summer, I felt like my back exploded. My legs went numb and I was terrified. I received some more injections. I eventually lost my job and my insurance. This whole event has caused so many problems. I've missed so many memories with my grandchildren. I just want to get better and return to my job and my family.

Comment from: Dolphingirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

My hip bursitis started with intense pressure on my hip bone followed by swelling the next morning. The outside of my hip is numb to the touch and extremely painful inside. I mean spasms that make me scream.

Comment from: Maureen, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I have bursitis on the outside of my thigh. I had cortisone shots every 3 months which helped a lot but the doctor said no more shots.

Comment from: Pam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I came to this site, hoping I'd find a good treatment option. Longstanding (ouch!) hip bursitis, including a terrible outbreak last few days put me in a wheelchair to get through airports! I found aqua therapy helpful, but not a cure. Cortisone is not helpful. Hoping to hear from people who've beaten this. I want to start hiking again!

Comment from: Karen53, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I wonder what everyone is doing for hip bursitis pain relief. I am 53, jumped off my back fence (stupid mistake) and my hip has never been the same since. Even when lying in bed turning over, it is like a million stabbing pains rolled into one, almost like my hip bone is going to snap in 2.

Comment from: Jpooley , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have pain lying on my side because of hip bursitis. It is tender to the touch, and there is bone pain after lots of walking.

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