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wow Snowmelts,
I never knew that having the osteo A and osteo P would wind up causing such trouble in my hip.

Is Bursitis a life long event without treatment? Does it go away on it's own?

If treating the arthritis and fibromyalgia and osteoporosis fixes the leg pain, why isn't any dr. helping me with those 3 diagnosis's?

It took me a long while to find out what was the cause of my bone pain and back pain and muscle pain, but as I mentioned above, not one dr. is telling me what to do to fix the problem.

Will I wind up suffering in pain the rest of my life? I feel so grouchy and lifeless on certain days. I feel like the only youth I have left in me is passing away me before my eyes. It's literally changing my face and my skin and my muscles. I hate it!
I can't do anything outdoors or indoors for that matter than requires any physical labor! I look fine on the outside to my family, but no one really understands how horrible I feel on the inside of my body.
My mother in law who is 81 yrs old and has NO compassion or tolerance to any form of pain in a person can not understand why I am not doing more for her in the house that we live in. It's a very large house with big rooms with hard wood floors that need daily maintenance of clean up of dust and pet hair. not to mention washing the floors, vacuming and preparing and cooking every single family meal on top of it.
she can NOT understand why I won't help paint the rooms of the whole house before they put it on the market.
she doesn't want to waste money paying for outside help when she can have her son do it and ME of course. but I won't do it. I do the best that I can, when I can and the other time I REST, REST, REST.
I'm finding that If I do not listen to my body I get even sicker.
being forced at the age of 48 yrs old to a live a gentle mobile life is the only thing I can do to survive under my conditions.
I'm very angry about myself. I feel so guilty that I can't do more or what's expected of me from this woman who has no compassion for what she thinks may be laziness in her eyes. she feels if she can work a five day work work full time and drive all the miles that's required for her to get there and back, then a woman of my age can do more than her.
but she has no adrenal glands for years now and is on a medication that gives her so much energy and stamina of a woman maybe 20 or 30 yrs younger than she is!
she just tells her self that if she's in pain, that she can literally THINK the pain away and THINK the problem away.

I'm wondering if something else is really going on in my body but my dr.s just aren't qualified in a specific field to identify it? I live in a little suburb town, not in a major city where the bests doctors might be.

Unfortunately I can't afford to go to a chiropractor. No one is telling me what to do with my spine trouble and pain throughout my body other than go to Physical therapy. They aren't telling me what other options i have after I go for physical therapy.

The only form of PT they told me to do the last time I was suggested to go was the swimming form. It felt good but did not fix the problem.
I can't go to PT the rest of my life, nor do i want to.

There really is no treatment for arthritis is there? and how can the dr. stop it from progressing so quickly through out my body?

should I seek medical attention from another expert other than my rheumytologist? What doctors treat you snowmelts?

I just wish my pain would go away for ever. But I know this is wishful thinking and totally stupid of me to think otherwise.

thanks for putting up with my raving maddness. that's how I feel today anyway.

I called my rheumy's office a little while ago to find out if the xray results were sent there yet. they were not. plus the dr. is not in yet, so i just have to wait till she gets them which is hopefully today before she shuts down her office early today because of the holiday tomorrow.

I wish you all a very happy and pain free Thanksgiving.
I will not be cooking the bird this year, which also make me feel a great guilt.
will I ever not feel guilty because I physically can't keep up with things anymore?
did you go through a guilt trip period? Is this normal?

sorry for all the questions and the non stop writing. I just have so much pent up grief in me that I do not let out on to my partner.


I hope you know your X-ray results soon.
It could be something else.
Could be arthritis in the hip joint.

Please keep us updated.
From your description Bursitis is just my uneducated "guess", not a professional opinion.

In the beginning I "thought" my hip bursitis was hip arthritis (OA) since I have OA everywhere else. So I put up with the pain and avoided telling my Dr.
But it got so horrid and constant I couldn't even move my leg from the gas to break petals of the car without monster pain. off to the Dr I went.

Dr sent me for hip X-rays.
Not hip arthritis.
Dr send me for a hip MRI
Report came back that it was Bursitis.
Dr sent me to bone surgen.

Bone surgen said..nothing to operate on, why are you here?
I was there because my family Dr had sent me there.
I expected the shot.
The bone Dr said he did surgery and did not have the medications for that shot. My family Dr had been supposed to do that.
I begged the bone surgen not make me to waste more time in pain by sending me back to the family Dr.
He agreed and ordered the medication for my steriod shot.
A week later I got the shot (Thankfully)
3 days after the shot the pain completely disappeared in the hip.
I also had to do PT for 6 weeks.

BUT since the cause of my bursitis (spine bending) still exisits it does come back.
It will always be that way so control of my spinal bending is mostly all I can do to control it.
So I see my chiro.
I do also do small excercises tought to me in PT.

My friend has Bursitis in her shoulder and got the shot.
Her butsitis has not returned.
Weather it returns or not depends on it's cause.

I'm 61½ so most of my peers understand what arthritis can do to a person's stamina.
In my family this is a known problem of the generations of women before me and now in my own generation.
A common spot for bursitis is on the side of the hip. Here a large tendon passes over the bony bump on the side of the hip. The bony bump is called the greater trochanter. Inflammation in the bursa between the tendon and the greater trochanter is called trochanteric bursitis.

This problem is common in older individuals.

It may also occur in younger patients who are extremely active in exercises such as walking, running, or biking.

This sounds that it might be related to your active life with skiing.

Where friction occurs between muscles, tendons, and bones, there is usually a structure called a bursa. A bursa is a thin sac of tissue that contains fluid to lubricate the area and reduce friction. The bursa is a normal structure. The body will even produce a bursa in response to friction.

Sometimes a bursa can become inflamed (swollen and irritated) because of too much friction or because of an injury to the bursa. An inflamed bursa can cause pain because movement makes the structures around the bursa rub against it.

Friction can build in the bursa during walking if the long tendon on the side of the thigh is tight. It is unclear what causes this tightening of the tendon. The gluteus maximus attaches to this long tendon. As you walk, the gluteus maximus pulls this tendon over the greater trochanter with each step. When the tendon is tight, it rubs against the bursa. The rubbing causes friction to build in the bursa, leading to irritation and inflammation. Friction can also start if the outer hip muscle (gluteus medius) is weak, if one leg is longer than the other, or if you run on banked (slanted) surfaces.

Most cases of trochanteric bursitis appear gradually with no obvious underlying injury or cause. Trochanteric bursitis can occur after artificial replacement of the hip joint or other types of hip surgery. The cause may be a combination of changes in the way the hip works, the way it is aligned, or the way scar tissue has formed from the healing incision.

A fall on the hip can cause bleeding into the bursa, forming a hematoma. The bleeding is not serious, but the bursa may react to the blood by becoming inflamed. The inflammation causes the bursa to become thickened over time. This thickening, constant irritation, and inflammation may result in the condition becoming chronic, or long lasting.

I"m not sure what type of doctor you should see, because I too am in the same boat you are regarding my hip problem. I definetly agree that you should stop seeing the dr. that isn't really listening to you. the one with the dumb smile on his face.
This guy sounds like my doctor. LOL
I am in the market for a new doctor too.
so far my rheumy doctor seems to be helping me the most.
she explained everything to me in detail and takes the time to listen to me when I say i"m in pain.

keep us informed with your updates. I"m very curious as to what becomes of this for you.

hang in there, you're a tough cookie. ;)
That is a great and very clear explaination of hip Bursitis, lintek45.
The cause of mine is known. It's because my osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in my spine continues getting worse and allows my spine to bend (so far it's bent only 15% convexly to the left) and therefore the muscles, tendons etc get pulled too tightly over the hip bone, smashing the Bursa.

My Chiropractor helps manipulate and subjagate that bending to slow it down and keep better spinal alignment. In doing so, he has seriously helped me get my hip Bursitis under control.

Have you had the results of your MRI? Did you also have a contrast dye injected before the scan, this is important as labral and cartilage tears show up much better than without the dye.
Don't give up until you get a definate cause for your pain. I also have had all the vague pains you descibed, often unable to pinpoint an exact spot, until things got much worse. I have recentley had an arthroscopy and am now facing possibly a PAO for dysplasia, if not a resurface. My first OS more or less told me there was nothing wrong,but luckily I then saw another who diagnosed labral tears, cartilage delamination ,cysts and hip dysplasia.
I personally would keep up the reduction of your methadone, and well done for reducing it as much as you have so far! There is no point staying on it, to mask the pain in your hip, that is a separate issue and you need to find the cause of your pain and solve it.
I wish you lots of luck, remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel, it just sometimes seems to take a while to get there.
Look forward to hearing your results

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