Trochanter pain

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I have hip bursitis/piriformis syndrome/trochanter pain etc in one hip and strongly suspect it is starting in the other.  Have had it since 2010 and have had four cortisone injections in one hip, done under ultrasound.  They have worked and kept me pain free, although this last one has not been effective.  I have made a big mistake with this problem in that I should have exercised every single day since it started and have not done so.  To all you fellow sufferers, my tip would be exercise, exercise, exercise (under a physio if possible to get you started).  I'm just hoping that I haven't left it too late.  Please let me know what has worked for you.  It is the most horrible pain imaginable and completely ruins lives.

 

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    The foundation of any management stategy is an accurate diagnosis.

    It is relatively easy to distinguish a "trochanteric bursitis"  from a piriformis syndrome from an arthrosis of the hip from an entheseopathy of gluteus muscles.

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    Thanks for your advice...today was diagnosed with exactly the same, after numerous visits to drs and even a specialist.  It was a physiotherapist who nailed it (pun).  Too inflamed he said to start exercises so giving me a weekly course of ultra sound till inflammation subsides.s  I have taken all you explained on board. With a lot of doing what I am told, I am hoping it will go away forever as the pain is very very sore!  No painkillers have helped.
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      Hello Ann

      It's a horrible thing to suffer from as the pain is fierce.  I too am under a physio and have started a regime of exercises, but doing them gradually and building up.  Also having ultra sound the same as you.  It's sounds as though we are going down the same route. Regarding painkillers; these is one which does work for me, although I am a bit wary of recommending it as it has side effects.  Some people can take it OK, but it makes me feel very sick and dizzy.  However, you might like to give it a go when the pain gets very bad.  It is called Tramadol and is only available from your doctor. 

      Keep in touch and let me know how things go on. 

       

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      Have tried Tramadol - no effect whatsoever.  Still trying to find a painkiller that works for me.  Meanwhile on Co-codomal but think these are for mild pain and not chronic.  I still take them though as mentally believe they help but not physically LOL
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    I have been suffering from Troc Bursitis for about three years, it seems....though from info online I thought it was Piri Syndrome, Sciatica, and also Sacroiliac Joint trouble....as all these things have similar symptoms. It wasn't until the Doc actually diagnosed Troc that it all fell into place...all those symptoms in one place, who knew!???  I think I set it off by trying to get fit as a slightly overweight 47 year old who still thought she could run like she did in her 20's...and overuse has really upset the old Bursae!! Now I know what's happening, I have some stretches and strengthening exercises, and take Diclofenac (anti-inflammatories) to take a good deal of the pain away. Next week I will be having a cortizone injection....will keep you posted.
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      Piriformis Syndrome, Sciatica, and also Sacroiliac Joint disease are all very distinct pathologies, easily distinguished by competent clinicians.

      The management will differ according to the pathology.

      "On-line" can be confusing and misleading.

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      Oh yes, probably....I hadn't bothered going to the Doctor...haven't got time to fit in app, and too busy to take time off. It was only because I HAD to take time off because of a major op that I had time to investigate it.

       

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      Hi,

      Interesting to read your post.  Funnily enough my sacroiliac joints have just been mentioned by a doctor.  Am due to have another MRI scan shortly which should show exactly what the trouble is. Cortisone injections work for me so good luck with yours.  Keep in touch.

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      Do not be certain that “MRI should show exactly what the trouble is”.

      That is a serious, but popular misconception. MRI can and does mislead dangerously.

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    thanks Soxy for this very useful info specially re exercise.  I am in the  middle of physio - 3 weeks on ultra sound and another 3 weeks to come for exercise. Physio will show me how to do them.  I will certainly take note of your advice and keep up with them as there is nothing worse than this type of pain.
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