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I too suffer from bursitis of my hip after having it replaced. The first replacement was 14 years ago (It was reconstructed 3x's as a child) and bursitis set in maybe halfway and gradually got worse.

In august I had my hip revised as the liner was failing. After about the first month I started having nearly the same hip pain again and continue to. My doctor told me that it is a combination of bursitis and scar tissue build up. Since this was my 5th surgery on the hip I have massive amounts of scar tissue. He tried removing as much as he could but it inevitably grows back.

I still have the pain today and it can be pretty severe at times. What I found that actually works best for me is Lidoderm patches. Shots have not worked at all. The patches ARE expensive and do not work for everyone. My doctor prescribes one patch for the hip for 22 hours on, 2 off. Traditionally the mfg suggests 12 hours on 12 off. I do get bloodwork to ensure there's no issue with the amount I am using. I also use a few for my back and neck.

I would ask your doctor if they could offer you a sample to at least try. heating pads can help but if there's swelling it causes it to swell more and is not a good idea. Ice is more appropriate when there's any type of swelling.

Good luck
Barbie
[QUOTE=Kissa;2894384]I too suffer from bursitis of my hip after having it replaced. The first replacement was 14 years ago (It was reconstructed 3x's as a child) and bursitis set in maybe halfway and gradually got worse.

In august I had my hip revised as the liner was failing. After about the first month I started having nearly the same hip pain again and continue to. My doctor told me that it is a combination of bursitis and scar tissue build up. Since this was my 5th surgery on the hip I have massive amounts of scar tissue. He tried removing as much as he could but it inevitably grows back.

I still have the pain today and it can be pretty severe at times. What I found that actually works best for me is Lidoderm patches. Shots have not worked at all. The patches ARE expensive and do not work for everyone. My doctor prescribes one patch for the hip for 22 hours on, 2 off. Traditionally the mfg suggests 12 hours on 12 off. I do get bloodwork to ensure there's no issue with the amount I am using. I also use a few for my back and neck.

I would ask your doctor if they could offer you a sample to at least try. heating pads can help but if there's swelling it causes it to swell more and is not a good idea. Ice is more appropriate when there's any type of swelling.

Good luck
Barbie[/QUOTE]
Thanks so much for your response!!! I have never heard of Lidoderm patches and will surely ask my ortho....my husband and I are hoping to go to China and the Philipines this August with friends...and I don't want to slow anybody down. Having a patch that may actually ward off worsening bursitis would be a great safety net. I really do thank you for your suggestion! Kathleen





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