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I banged my right hip last November and have been in pain ever since slowly getting worse. Six months ago, GP thought it was possibly bursitis, said it would take time to heal and suggested rest and nsaids. Now my hip is waking me in the night and is very stiff when I get up. I can only walk for about 10 minutes before the pain becomes too much.
I went back to the surgery a couple of weeks ago and GP send me for an xray marking OA? on the form. I rang the surgery last week for the result and receptionist said it was borderline. I asked if that meant borderline nothing wrong (in which case why so much pain) or borderline something wrong but not serious enough for intervention? She said she couldn’t tell me any more over the phone. I have an appointment to see a doctor next week.
Over the counter painkillers don’t touch this and I’m worrying that my GP won’t offer any other kind of treatment. But I’m also wondering whether this is bursitis or osteo arthritis. My gut feeling is that it could be the latter. My mother developed OA in her 40s and eventually had both hips replaced. I’m now 60. Also, I was born with a dislocated right hip which was corrected in my early years but wondering if that dislocation means I am predisposed to get OA.
I read somewhere that OA is felt at the front of the hip and groin. That’s not what I have. My pain is down the side of the hip (where I originally banged it) and running underneath the buttock. Sometimes the pain travels all the way down my leg. I can get some relief by lying on my back and stretching and rotating the leg but I can hear a distinct clicking each rotation. That seems to suggest OA to me rather than bursitis but could a knock trigger OA? I was fine before.
I’ve seen a TV ad for free trial version of Acti-Patch which I thought might be worth a try to that’s on order.
I know I do need to see the doctor to get any further with this, maybe a referral for some physio, but wondering if anyone else has any thoughts based on their own experience. Thanks.
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