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Hi. I'vejust been diagnosed with arthritis in both hips..I' a 46 yr old female. Up till a few weeks ago I ran daily and climbed every week. Suddenly I can only walk for very short distances, around the house is okay but I struggle much further.  I'm taking naproxen and have tried both codeine phosphate and tramadol neither control the pain. The pain is stopping me from sleeping and nothing seems to ease it. The pain is sharp, felt mainly down my right leg and buttock. I'venot eexperienced pain this intense before. Is this usual?  I thought pain relief would have worked. I'm also surprised at the sudden onset. If anything it has got worse over the past three days.

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    Hi I was on naproxen my gp took them off me I was having a lot of issues with my kidneys from them now I’m on oramorph I’m like u can get round the house but even taking kids to school is a struggle 
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    So sorry to hear this Chris.  I was diagnosed recently as well, left hip.  My symptoms were: muscle spasm in the buttocks which would then press on the sciatic nerve and cause pain down my left leg on the side all the way to my ankle. I have dealt with this for over a year.  Pain pills don't work, including tramadol, 1000 mil of motrin will stop the spasm and help the pain.  I am now in physical therapy and so far the spasm has stopped, still have pain.  I don't have a clear answer for you as I have not gotten one yet.  You are not alone...

     

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    It’s strange that codeine and tramadol don’t work.  They are both strong pain killers.  Also strange, to me that is, that the pain is “down” your leg and “buttocks”.  OA is usually caused by weak cartilage and “down” and “buttocks” don’t seem to fit the bill.

    However, I am certainly no expert.  I find rubbing in so called creams to help OA don’t help at all.

    Others will be along with more info.  Sorry you’ve joined the OA “club” at such a young age.  You will find a way to help yourself - we all do - because what helps one person doesn’t help another.

    Good luck. 💐

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      Just read Marcia’s post (we must have been writing at the same time).😀

      So, buttock pain is not that unusual!  I have Polyarthritis and all the pain is in the joints.

       

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    Hi Chris, sorry to hear you're in such discomfort.  This kind of sudden onset pain is usually where the loss of or inflammation to the cartilage in the hip has caused the joint to pinch on the sciatic nerve, particularly as yours is butter and leg, which is the area affected by the sciatic nerve.  It's obviously suddenly inflamed, so anti-inflamms are definitely the best meds to take.  Persevere with the naproxen, it may take a while to get the inflammation down and ease the pain.  I hear what you say about the pain being excruciating but try to avoid the codeine and tramadol if possible, theyre very strong and quite addictive and cause their own problems and to be honest arent always that effective as easing inflammatory pain.  Ask your doctor if you can get some physio assistance, often manipulation can really help free up the area.  Sometimes having a diagnosis can cause a person to walk or act differently at the onset as theyre more conscious of the problem, and this can have an impact too.  Relaxation techniques will help a lot.  If the heightened pain continues, definitely seek PT help, painkillers or even anti inflamms may not be the only answer.  Once the joint is less inflamed and the nerve is no longer pinched, the pain will reduce substantially even though you will still have the OA.

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    Doesn't sound right to me.  I should ask for a second opinion.  I find my hip osteoarthritis improves with walking as the joint self lubricates as it moves.  Personally I would give up running and definitely running or climbing on uneven ground - take up power walking and use good shoes with shock absorbing soles.   Pain down leg and in buttock sounds more like sciatica which will probably go - try stretching.  However, I reiterate, go back to the doctor and stop taking these very strong pain killers.

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    Same happened with me Sam. Yoga daily and very strong then bang my joints in whole body inflammed. Five months later it's my neck and wrists destroyed. Um see a doctor ! I have been taking pain killers and had PRP treatment along with daily bath of ginger (fresh) and many supplements such as glucosamine in an attempt to reduce further damage. I guess yr dr will tell you to exercise when you can to keep muscles strong- I was layer up for 3 mths and lost all strength. Best of luck to you my heart is hearing your pain 

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    Hi there.  I'm in the same situation, but 10 years ahead of you.  My hip arthritis started around the age of 47 but I was initially misdiagnosed as having groin strain and tight hip flexors.  I too used to run a lot and swim too and my GP and physiotherapist both thought it was due to a sports injury.  It took me until last year to finally get an x-ray and find out I had moderate arthritis in my right hip and mild in my left.  I get a tiny bit of relief from Naproxen, but not enough to go running again.  I find stretching and keeping the joint moving and extending it as far as it will go are the best things.  I do pilates now, which helps too.  Some days I get a horrible grinding noise too, as the bones grind against each other.... especially when I turn over in bed at night.  

    ?Please get yourself referred for an x-ray to make sure it is arthritis.  Your sudden onset could be a sports injury.  Start physio as soon as you can.  I think the delay I experienced did not help.  

    Good luck!

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    It is no fun to be in pain, have they offered you hip replacements?  At 51 I had my first hip replaced, and yesterday had my other one replaced.  I was up walking the same day as they surgery this time, and went home after 18 hours, couldn't have been easier.  The new hips last 30 plus years.  You will be advised not to run, but mostly everything else you will be able to do.  I play tennis and don't plan to give it up.  

    If you are in this much pain, you will be better off replacing them sooner rather than later.  I would consider doing them at the same time, as it is a quick recovery and you are walking from day 1.   

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    Hi. Sorry to hear that Chris. I was diagnosed with OA in my hips yesterday after an x-ray last week. I have been experiencing a lot of pain, sciatica and buttock/groin pain the last few weeks and have been unable to sleep. Its come on very suddenly and have been active prior to it. I am on Naproxen too. I have found that stretching helps. Been referred to a physiotherapist waiting for an appointment. Will let you know how that goes. Good luck.
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