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Receptionist said it was anemia but when I went to the Docs she said the test wasn't anemia I am showing Inflammation in my blood and normal reading is 15 mine was 21????? and it is categorized in the anemia section? I am not sure what this means??? my hands, elbows,shoulders ache and flare up with pain like tooth ache and my hip still hurts the same one doc said was bursitis of hip (this was 6 months ago), when my 1year old son jumps on me I am in severe pain as my bones feel bruised but there is no bruising???? my back still hurts the same don't know how long the degenerative discs causes discomfort? :oops: :?: my hands flare up when i do hovering etc and they stay inflamed and red for hours on end? all other blood tests came back normal including rhuematoid arthritis? :?:

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    I have to have an x-ray as my doc seems to think it is arthritis?????, he has changed my medication to Acelofenac 100mg as he is determined to control my pain??? He said that if I am not happy by Friday I have to contact him?? My body after taking this anti inflammatory seem to make my body feel light compared to b4.... but the pain in my spine due de generative disc seems to be more severe at the moment :oops: but I took my first tablet about three hours ago so I am hoping these feelings will improve I was on diclofenic and Tramdol b4 they seemed to numb pain slightly but not relieve completely!!!!!. My hips cause me problems I have problems walking as my hips are painful when I walk??? I have found out that I had congenital dislocation of the hip when I was a baby and was in a cast for 6 months so I don't know if this is related or if the pain relieve suits both ailments, I suppose it is all to do with trial and error in the mean time i am a guinea pig???? The doc did say though if the pain in my hip doesn't subside by Friday I am to see a neurologist. Certain drugs I am unable to have due to my under active thyroid. Wait and see what the x-rays show????
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    my spaces have narrowed in my joints in my hip and it is a early sign (possibly) of osteoarthritis or doc said it could be linked to congenital dislocation of my hips when I was born so said he was gonna keep an eye on things!!!!! Acelofenic has done wonders as when I was on diclofenic my body seemed like a lead weight, I am so relieved!!!! I am starting to function properly after 3 months of suffering :D
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    [quote:b3def87524=\"sara\"]Receptionist said it was anemia but when I went to the Docs she said the test wasn't anemia I am showing Inflammation in my blood and normal reading is 15 mine was 21????? and it is categorized in the anemia section? I am not sure what this means??? my hands, elbows,shoulders ache and flare up with pain like tooth ache and my hip still hurts the same one doc said was bursitis of hip (this was 6 months ago), when my 1year old son jumps on me I am in severe pain as my bones feel bruised but there is no bruising???? my back still hurts the same don't know how long the degenerative discs causes discomfort? :oops: :?: my hands flare up when i do hovering etc and they stay inflamed and red for hours on end? all other blood tests came back normal including rhuematoid arthritis? :?:[/quote:b3def87524]
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    First of all, that receptionist has no business suggesting diagnoses nor should you do anything about what he/she says except politely thank her and go sit down far enough away to avoid conversation.  The receptionist probably meant well but could tell someone something that in the end causes them more problems so please do not take such statements seriously.

    If your primary care doctor diagnosed bursitis what did he or she advise you do about treatment>  Did they tell you to take aspirin.  As I mentioned elsewhere I was just diagnosed with it end of last year. I take narcotic pain medication for other things and expected the pain from the bursitis and the attending limp would be made better by taking this pain medication but over about three months it became clear to me that it was haviing no effect on the bursitis.  My pharmacist told me that is the case and I should take aspirin because it would address the inflamation.  I was flabergasted as I never knew this.  It worked!  Such a relief. You need to be referred to an Orthopedist or self refer if you can and that will give you a baseline and provide you wilh solid justification to seek a referral, even going to the medical group if necessary.  You may need to keep the pressure on.  BTW I was told by a stellar Orthopedist (Spine) to NEVER carry anything heavier than 25 pounds (including children) and this is good advice for all women. If you do not heed this advice I promise you will pay for it when you get older.  It sounds like you need a thorough work-up by an expert in Ortho.  What tests has your primary care doctor ordered.  You are smart to not just accept what they say because often they are wrong. Even if blood tests come back "normal" other tests, and "deeper" testing (ins may not pay for this) should be done given your symptoms. A specialist can often pinpoint the problem much faster than a generalist so I strongly recommend that you push for a referral.  Remember that the insurance company does NOT want to spend much money on you and you must be informed about your policy and what your rights are.  Let them know that you are not going to go away until your rights are exercized and your needs met. Send a certified letter to the doctor, medica group and insurance company outlining your diagnosis and symptoms and difficulties getting your concerns addressed.  

    I have found so far that sleeping on the side where the bursa is not helps and is really the only way to get good quality sleep.  I have heated blanket which is also wonderful and I am going to get a heated mattress pad as well.  The heat is very comforting. You can of course also use heating pad.  The pain and limp get much worse if I walk a lot (Ex walking around mall all day).  When inflamation is high try to walk only shorter distances, but do walk as it is important for your bones.  I do not know what caused my bursitis which is on the outside of my right hip.  I also suspect that soaking in a therapy pool would help so if you have a spa at home or a gym in your community that has one you may want to consider that.  

    Sounds to me like you are doing too much. Instead of carrying the children, ask them to help you by carrying something...they will feel special and like a good helper.

    Best Wishes

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