Patient Comments: Bursitis - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Patti, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I have GTPS (greater trochanteric pain syndrome) in both hips. I have been through it all. It is so frustrating to have this awful disease. The left side since 2006, and right since 2010. Right side is giving me the most pain. I had the bursectomy, IT (iliotibial) band surgery in February and so far it has not helped. I am still having pain, I walk with a far worse limp now. Going from sit to stand is far more painful. I thought this surgery was the answer but it is not. I see the surgeon in July, he wants to discuss doing my left hip bursectomy in November but there is no chance of that happening. I am 51, was a very active women now at a snail's pace. On top of the hip pain I have fibromyalgia, a bad back, and arthritis in my hands. So using a cane is hard on my hands and body. There is no answer for our bursitis folks; if I find one I will report back, till then hang in there best you can.

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Comment from: Anna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I have had unilateral trochanteric bursitis/tendonitis for approximately eight years. The latest medical research seems to indicate that the bursitis is secondarily inflamed by nearby diseased tendons. I have tried numerous cortisone injections, as well as physiotherapy and Pilates. I underwent a bursectomy a couple of years ago and, much to my disappointment, it has not eased the pain. In cases of hip bursitis, it may be useful to pursue methods that could aid the diseased tendon. This is now my approach.

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Comment from: Angela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have had chronic hip bursitis for 15 months from lifting heavy groceries and from a fall I had. Cortisone injection made it worse. I tried a few different things which didn't work. The most effective treatment I have personally found is remedial massage once a week. I found a very experienced masseur and am sticking to her. The stiffness and pain are lesser and a little of the swelling has gone.

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Comment from: Winters, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I have suffered from bursitis of the hips for over 20 years. After seeing over 17 doctors and going to physiotherapy to 4 different therapists, prolotherapy, acupressure, acupuncture, massage therapy, cortisone shots that didn't help even for a minute, and a TENS unit, the only thing that has helped are narcotics. The law only allows me two a day and now they don't work. It's a constant burning pain. I have numbness and tingling at times. No one has offered or suggested surgery, at this point could the pain be any worse! Depression has set in multiple times because of the lack of relief. There is a sports medicine doctor who advertises a FRAMS method of treatment, I wonder if I should yet add another doctor to the list.

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Comment from: Susie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I've suffered with trochanteric (hip) bursitis for 30 years after a heavy fall onto my hip. At first it was kept at bay by regular steroid injections, but after about 27 years they ceased to work at all. The pain I had had also increased to the level where I needed opiate drugs from my doctor. In the end I opted to have surgery to remove the bursa. I was told it was a 1 in 3 failure rate, and if it failed I would have either slightly less or the same pain. I thought it was worth it as my pain never lets up day or night and I'm disabled because of it; walking makes it worse. I had the surgery last year and from when I came round, to the present day, I've had the worst pain I've ever known, and 18 months later, no let up! I'd say it's about 300% worse than before my operation, and now even opiate drugs seem to have little effect. So now I'm more or less housebound, and sitting, standing, or lying makes it worse. I don't know what the answer is. All I can say is, don't go for the surgical option.

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Comment from: marylene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I am a cyclist and have had a few falls over the years. I injured my elbow last year in a fall, mostly skin but I fell hard. It healed with no infection (skinned knee as well). A few years earlier, I had a fall on that elbow that required stitches, got infected and resulted in Popeye's elbow (and of course a scar). I recently noticed that on the point of my elbow under the skin is a small soft lump that hurts when I press it, knock it or put on a hard surface. My elbow isn't sore or stiff otherwise, just the area of the lump. The fall was a year ago, and I would like to know where that lump came from after all this time. I wonder if it could be bursitis of some sort. I'm wondering if I should get it looked at.

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