Anyone had bursitis?

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   Posted 3/15/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have sero negative arthritis and am on humira, mtx 20mg, NSAID called mobic and have just been put on an anti depressant called Aleva. I recently weaned myself off prednisone because I've been on it too long and I'm scared of all the organ damage it can cause. But... my hips have been killing me plus heal pain on waking and really sore thumbs. My rheumy tells me the hips are bursitis and what does she offer me but cortisone!!! Has anyone out there had bursitis and found a way of treating it? Or am I just being foolish and I should take the cortisone or go back on prednisone which is the other thing she suggested? I don't understand how I can still be so inflamed while I'm on these heavy duty drugs. The anti depressant was my doctors idea to try and numb my nerves and help ease the pain, has anyone else used anti depressants this way? Only been on them 2 days so too soon to tell if it may work yet?

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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Given the choice, I'd recommend the cortisone injections. I've been on prednisone for extended periods in the past, and it never helped my joint pain. I recently had a cortisone injection into my very badly damaged right knee, and it is almost pain-free for the first time in five years. Also, the injections have less systemic effect and are less likely to cause some of the serious side effects of Prednisone.

You need to give the anti-depressants at least a couple of weeks. They could kick in sooner, but often it takes two weeks.
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   Posted 3/17/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have bursitis in both hips. had cortisone injections 2 times. Only helped right side. Left side was still excruciating. rhuemy put me on pred. it seemed the only thing to bring relief.(cant take nsaids or narcotics due to gerd and ibs). I guess its a individual thing. Like everything else what works for one might not work for the other. The injections are safer than long term steroid use, cant hurt to give it a try.
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