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Old 09-30-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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Has anyone found relief for painful bursitis in their hip? My FIL was in so much pain he thought he needed a new hip. He doesn't, but they've given him shots of Novacaine and Cortisone for Bursitis. They don't seem to be helping. He also just started a Celebrex-type drug. Any other way to find relief?
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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Moist heat and massage works the best for me. I wish him good luck because it surely is painful!
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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That can be a really tough problem...

Corticosteroid injections are typically the best treatment options.

Unfortunately, when they fail there isn't much to fall back on.

Heat, stretching and anti inflammatories can help.

One "newer" treatment out there for bursitis and tendonitis is PRP or platelet rich plasma injections. You may have to hunt around for someone doing this procedure in your area but some patients do get better with it.

Trochanteric Bursitis
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Any illness that ends in "-itis" means inflammation. Why don't you Google 'anti-inflammatory diet' and see what's good to eat and what's not?

Compare his foods and drinks and supplements with the do's and don'ts, and see if there are areas that might be improved.

I always look to the diet first before taking meds..but that's just me. I think our diet is numero uno in good health--or bad, for that matter.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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LittleDolphin, Okay, "-itis" means inflammation. I didn't know that. I will look this up and print it off for him. Thank you. I agree with you on the diet vs. meds, and I live my life that way. However, my FIL is 75 and stubborn, and eats like garbage. There's nothing I can do to change that. I only know that he is in horrific pain right now. I will still check the foods out though. Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I know what you mean...my Dad had very painful gout in his big toe and refused to make recommended dietary changes that would have helped a lot. He loved those gout-inducing purine foods too much.

Hard for me to understand how we can refuse to make dietary changes that relieve pain and suffering. Me, I hate pain!

Gee whiz--it's not as though we're being asked to not eat--only to eat things that make us feel better. But you can only lead the horse to water...you cannot make it drink, eh? Cussed stubborn wins out sometimes.

Good luck.
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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There is a topical cream, can't remember the name but it starts with a Z and has capsaicin in it, which can be very effective in helping nerve pain. Ask your pharmacist. The only problem is carefully washing your hands or you will get a massive eye stinging if you touch your eyes after applying it!
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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There is a topical cream, can't remember the name but it starts with a Z and has capsaicin in it, which can be very effective in helping nerve pain. Ask your pharmacist. The only problem is carefully washing your hands or you will get a massive eye stinging if you touch your eyes after applying it!
The name you are looking for is Zostrix, but I am not sure it will help with the pain from bursitis.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:29 PM
 
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I had good luck with castor oil then a hot wet towel compress. IF you can find castor oil any more.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I have to get steroid injections and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. It depends on whether they get it exactly right as far as the area of injection.
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