Please help my hip!
June 10, 2012 2:40 PM Subscribe
Severe hip/leg pain diagnosed as bursitis - what else could this be??
posted by Ms. Toad to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
You are not my doctor, and this is not medical advice, but I'm seeking ideas I could explore with my doctor for chronic pain that will not go away. I've looked at other threads about bursitis, but I have a couple other symptoms that might make this different.
For over two years, I've had pain that either occurs right at my hip, or down my thigh on the outer front. Sometimes it's both, much of the time it's in my thigh; right now it's excruciating just at my hip. It's aggravated by almost anything - I can't walk, run, bike, or even sit comfortably, and often sitting aggravates it the most (especially in cramped situations like on planes).
I've been through physical therapy twice, the second time for nearly three months. I've had two rounds of cortisone shots that made no difference. I'm at my wit's end. This current flare-up, the result of biking gently for 15 minutes at the gym, is the worst it's been in quite a long time.
I've been to two doctors, and the most recent doctor diagnosed it as trochanteric bursitis (first doctor just called it bursitis). Given that these doctors noted that it doesn't present as classic bursitis and that conventional treatments have failed, I'm just not sure this is the correct diagnosis. They also focus entirely on the hip and ignore the thigh pain, which is often the most intense.
I had an x-ray of the hip/leg and I have an appointment with my doctor to review it, but I'm wondering if there are other possibilities I can explore with him at that appointment. I think I've reached a point where I need to be aggressive in pursuing other treatments, so I'd love to hear ideas about what else I can talk to him about.
Thanks in advance.