Patient Comments: Bursitis - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with bursitis.

Comment from: jamar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I am 53 and was diagnosed with trochanteric bursitis in the left hip in 2005. I have been on roller coaster of cortisone shots, physical therapy, various pain killers, weight loss, hot packs and cold packs. Everything is short lived and if I could have those bursa surgically removed I would.

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Comment from: student, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I am a 22-year-old male student at the University of Nairobi. I have bursitis in my right hip and I have trouble standing for long or sitting for long. It feels like my hip is burning from the inside out. I even feel pain when I get into bed at night.

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Comment from: db, 45-54 Female Published: May 09

I have suffered from lower back and hip pain since the birth of my son 16 years ago. This problem has slowly progressed over the years. I have tried softer mattresses, spent a fortune on chiropractors and osteopaths all to no avail. Now I really find that I cannot get comfortable in bed. The only time that the throbbing stops is when I lie on my back then I snore and wake myself up. I did have trouble sitting down as well but a cortisone injection helped with that but they did not help my hips .I saw a consultant recently and he told me that it can't be bursitis as it wouldn't last this long but didn't know what it could be! I have seen a rheumatologist and he says that as I am so flexible that I can't have rheumatism. The only way I get a reasonable night's sleep is to take a sleeping tablet but I rarely do this as they are addictive.

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Comment from: jim468, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I am a 70 year old male who suffers from bursitis. In the right hip area and the pain from the inflammation migrates down across the thigh into the knee. Pain also refers to the lower spine - tailbone area. I also suffer from osteoarthritis in both knees and suspect it might also be in my lower spine. I get some relief from icing, but it is short lived. I sleep on my back and use a pillow between my knees. Walking and standing are difficult. I am going to try acupuncture - my last resort.

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Comment from: tooyoung19, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I'm 19 years old working as a waitress and a second job as a secretary and I have bursitis in both hips and my left shoulder. It will flare up when I'm serving; walking around as much as I do. And my hips will wake me up several times every night. When I wake up in the morning it takes up to 5 minutes just be able to walk out of my room. Stretching and icing helps so much to relieve the pain. My doctor also prescribed me to Meloxicam and it has seemed to help a little bit, but I haven't been on it quite long enough to see any major improvements. It's some of the worst pain I've ever been in.

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Comment from: zscandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I was an active 52-year-old woman. I started experiencing hip pain back in August 2009. My doctor put me on anti-inflammatory medications for a while, which took care of the pain. After four months, though, the pills stopped working. I also tried a sports massage, but once I got off the table, the pain was back. I also tried acupuncture twice, but the pain was unbearable. I went to urgent care and they thought it was bursitis, so I got the cortisone show with little improvement. Finally, I bought Osteo Bi-Flex at the drug store, and it has worked for me!

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Comment from: KC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I am a 43-year-old woman, and I have been suffering from right and left shoulder pain for almost a year. I couldn't sleep at night, and it was getting very hard for me to lift my arm. I was taking all kinds of over-the-counter medicine and none of it was working. I went to the doctor yesterday, and I was told that I have bursitis in both of my shoulders. The doctor gave me a shot which helped ease the pain the next day. When I first went to the doctor I was told that I was holding my shoulders stiff. I do still have some motion in them, but I was told that if I didn't go to the doctor when I did, that l may have developed frozen shoulder. I know what other people are going through. Sorry this is a painful condition.

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