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I first noticed pain in my right hip in January 2014 and my GP diagnosed trochanteric bursitis by pressing my hips. He gave me a steroid injection in the right hip, but this made no difference. I was then referred to an orthopaedic surgeon who gave me another steroid injection into the right hip. By this time, both hips were painful. Again, this did nothing.
I asked if I could see a rheuatologist and she injected both hips. This time I did get relief and could finally climb upstairs again with only a little difficulty. That was 8 months ago. My hips are, once again, painful and I feel as though I am carrying a heavy weight around my pelvis. It is really getting to me, as I also have osteoarthritis in my knees and feet, as well as fibromyalgia. The pain goes down the outside of my legs to my knees and makes me feel extremely tired and off-colour.
I saw the GP again a few weeks ago and she decided to send me back to the rheumatologist again. However, this time, the same rheumatologist only injected my right hip. It was an injection clinic and I believe the reason was time, but no real reason was given. It's too early to say whether this has worked or not, but, of course, only one hip has been treated.
I will be seeing my GP in a couple of weeks and want to ask if there is anything else I could try to combat this. I've had physiotherapy, but this was excrutiatingly painful and I didn't notice any improvement. I'm wondering about taking some kind of anti-inflammatory, e.g. Naproxin. At the moment, I take Nortriptyline at night for fibromyalgia and paracetamol during the day. The paracetamol does very little! The rheumatologist told me that the Nortriptyline should work with all aches and pains during the day as well as at night. Unfortunately, not!
I'd be interested to know what medication others take, or if there is anything else I could discuss with my GP. Any help or advice would really be appreciated. I don't know anybody else with this and feel that, perhaps, others don't really appreciate what it is like.
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