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Old 04-11-2011, 10:39 AM
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I am 59 and in decent health except for mild type 2 diabetes (controlled), and moderate high BP. All controlled with meds. Probably 20 pounds overweight and I exercise regularly. But my job has me sitting at a desk all day long.

Hip pain, diagnosed as arthritis by my doc, has gotten absolutely unbearable in the last week. It seems to eminate from the bursa area on the outside of the hip, but sometimes there is actually more pain on the inside of the hip. After sitting maybe an hour, I can hardly get up. Walking is fine, but getting comfortable afterward is next to impossible. Ice helps, but the pain relievers my doc has given me is no good.

Anyone have any experience in this area? His advice on exercise only helps a tiny bit. Maybe I need a new doc and new meds.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:08 AM
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I'm 47, and I have moderate arthritis in my right hip. My pain is much worse after sitting for a while, and certain types of chairs are really horrible for it. My walking is limited due to pain; I can walk around a store, but really suffer for it and MUST rest when I get home.

My doctor sent me to an orthopedist, who did some tests and injected the hip. That helped for a while, though it didn't eliminate the pain. I have taken diclofenac for it, which is really good, and prescription strength naproxen, which also works pretty well. I also had physical therapy, which really did help.

They tell me that I will need hip replacement, but I'm a bit young for it right now. My arthritis is due to hypermobile joints; I'm just too darned flexible! My joints aren't tight like they're supposed to be, and I can actually feel the bone shift in my hip socket when I move my leg in certain positions.

I'd talk to the doctor about physical therapy, and see if that helps. Of course, you have to continue the exercises after the scheduled visits stop.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:57 PM
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Treatment for hip arthritis vs trochanteric bursitis is very different.

If you aren't already seeing an Orthopaedist I would suggest you find one or get another opinion if you are already seeing one.

A corticosteroid injection for trochanteric bursitis can do wonders for your pain if that is what you are suffering from.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:39 PM
Location: Wake County, NC
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I also vote for the orthopedic doctor! I have arthritis in my low back and the beginnings of it in my hip. I had trochanteric bursitis so bad I could barely walk. The doctor injected it and sent me to PT. Within 6 weeks, I was almost pain free. It still flares up from time to time, but thanks to the stretches I learned, I can manage it.
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