Anyone have bilateral hip bursitis as well as possible bilateral shoulder impingement?

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I was diagnosed with hip bursitis, on both sides, four years ago. Steroid injections haven't worked at all. Last year I began to have shoulder pain on both sides. Maybe impingement? The GP I saw last year suggested it might be the hot weather but it has continued and, since then, I've just been taking pain killers for both conditions. Some days are not good!

I'm 72 so am quite prepared to accept it's all 'wear and tear' as I have osteoarthritis in quite a few joints anyway. Is anyone else suffering from both conditions - both sides - and, if so, is there likely to be an underlying cause? Or am I just unlucky? Also, is there anything the NHS can do about these conditions? Should I go back to the GP?

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    I think you probably mention the actual cause of your joint pain, osteoarthritis. That's what is wrong with both of my shoulders, back, and hip. I was told I needed joint replacement in my worst shoulder. Then told my A1C was too high for this surgeon to do it. Guess I'll just have to live with it.

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      Thanks for your reply, but sorry to hear that you can't have the surgery you need, Catherine. I have had an x-ray of my hips and they are absolutely fine, no osteoarthritis at all, although it is in other joints. That is why I believe the problem is bursitis in both my hips and my shoulders. I hope that things improve for you.

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      If it's bursitis, I think it could go away with time. I know my daughter had bursitis in her shoulder that went away. Not sure what her course of treatment was but it hasn't come back. That was several years ago.

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    I would go to a specialist first that deals with arthritis. A GP only has so much training and putting you on painkillers can be rough on your whole body. I hope you find an answer but at the age of 74 I'm finding getting older is not for sissy's. Good luck.

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      Thanks for your reply, Kenwood. I've had a hip x-ray and there is no osteoarthritis in my hips at all, so the problem definitely seems to be bursitis in that area, as well as my shoulders. You've absolutely right that getting older is tough. Good luck to you also.

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    Hello , a suggestion for you, I had a torn tendon and other bits happening in my left shoulder .Last op. was to tidy up,, and totally sever a tendon that kept slipping out of the Groove ,and caused unspeakable pain.

    have some pain now ,but fully mobile arm now .keep nagging. Age is just a WORD

    Don't moan ,do something , no one else will bother ,

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      Hi. it's no problem talking to people ,we all sometimes mention a road that we haven't gone down. and the answer has been staring us in the face .I,find that a bit of sleuthing helps ,by finding out who does what ,and where they hang out .Private secretaries are a god send ,they will usually tell you anything. You can but try

      Jacqueline

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    I don't know anything about hip issues but I have had impingements in both shoulders, from different causes, and I have osteoarthritis in both shoulders in which I get regularly scheduled cortisone injections in.

    One impingement, I had for about seven years, before a physical therapist diagnosed it and said she could treat it. I was sceptical because I'd had it for so long. Then a few years later, I got another one on the other shoulder. The PA who does my arthritis shoulder injections diagnosed that, and I went for some more PT, and that worked. However, she still thinks I have some impingement still, in each shoulder, and says It can last years, unless you work it on out completely with the pt. They have you move your arms in certain positions, and tell them where you're feeling the pain.

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    Thanks for your reply. I'm going to mention it again to my GP, whom I'll be seeing in a couple of weeks. It's good to know that the physio worked for you. I'll mention this to her.

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