Patient Comments: Bursitis - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: SidinTerr, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have had bursitis in my right hip for about 3 years. I have had two steroid injections which were agony and did not help me in the least. I now have the same in my left bursa (hip)! I am now trying anti-inflammatory gel and hope to get some relief from the pain. It is not just in the hip but in the whole leg and sometimes the feet too. I'm pretty active and find it difficult to rest so I just keep taking the pain killers! I get OSMO patches online from Australia and they do help.

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Comment from: My2munchkins, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 06

My daughter is 7 years old now. Back in 2007 she underwent surgery in her elbow (her elbow knob broke when she fell down). In 2010 she stayed in the hospital because of bursitis that was infected; they tapped her and drained the liquid from her elbow. And now in 2014 the liquid is back in her elbow and she needs to see a specialist again. I am worried this is going to be a lifetime experience for my daughter, it is heartbreaking!

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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I have had recurrent bursitis (usually in one shoulder or hip) for nearly 20 years. It always occurs when I overwork a joint (particularly with repetitive movements, or sitting for long periods in one position) and some foods can help trigger an episode (dairy, wheat, yeast and red meats). Cold weather can also be a factor, though damp isn't. The initial pain is severe in the joint, and sometimes I have a general inflammatory illness for a few days (like the flu). I have found the best way to treat it is by complete rest until the inflammation subsides, then starting movements gradually. The most helpful is daily qigong, which keeps my joints mobile and usually pain-free, and also improves my spirits. I find mindfulness meditation also very helpful with the anxiety and mood swings which can accompany any chronic illness. I hope you also find ways to manage your pain and live a full life.

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Comment from: gladys, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I have been told that I have severe arthritis and bursitis. I have a bad pain in the right side of buttocks. I wonder if that could be from falling or just plain arthritis or bursitis.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I have had chronic hip bursitis for almost 6 years. I wasn"t treated correct when I first got it. So now it is chronic with a grade 1 strain of the right gluteus minimus. I got another cortisone shot 2 weeks ago, with some relief. But it hurts so badly when I sit at my desk every day.

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Comment from: Barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I have been getting shots every 3 to 4 months in my right hip for eight years, will this ever get better! I cannot walk far and the pain is unreal. The bursitis started when I began riding my bike, after 4 years not doing anything. My right leg went numb, felt like a wooden leg. I went to physical therapy and they pulled and rubbed my leg. I got feeling back but also acute pain. Impossible to exercise or walk far.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I was told I have bursitis in both hips. I was given pain medicine and it caused me to swell. I had 7lbs of water in 1 week. I was told if I did not take 3 cortisone shots I cannot walk or exercise. I choose not to take them. When I stand my hips and buttocks swell, and when I walk I cannot lift my feet. I do not wish this pain on my worst enemy.

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Comment from: Valerie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I went for a massage and the masseuse pulled my leg to one side to stretch it. She did the same procedure to both legs. The next day I had a huge collection of fluid on my hip the size of an orange. They said it was a bursa. No pain, but it is about the same size today as two weeks ago. The ortho MD told me to stop taking the inflammatory given to me in the emergency room and to put ice. He says if it bothers me, he may need to drain it.

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