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   Posted 3/16/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I know I mentioned this before but my hip pain is getting severe  and now have been waking up with severe stifness in my hips after I wake up or even if I take a nap  I do too. It hurts worse than my back and my back pain is severe. Im thinking it is arthritis . Is there anything I can take for the inflammation ? I can't take anti imflammatories becauses I have gastric ulcers,haital hernia,gerd and gp. Just wonder if there is an antimflammatory that does not damage the stomach?  I would appreciate any advice. Right now I take  lortab 7.5 and soma  350 mg. Noting is working. I hope everyone has a low pain night.

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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Kara: If you have problems with anti-inflammatory medications, you should talk to your doctor before taking anything like that. It is possible that your sleeping position is causing this hip pain. Are you sleeping on your side? If so, try putting a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, try putting a pillow under your knees. Also consider getting a better mattress if you haven't already. That could help your back pain too. The most important thing to do when you have a significant change in your pain, though, is tell your doctor. Have you tried taking a dose of your pain medication just before you go to sleep? If you have an extended-release med, it might help you wake up with less pain and stiffness.

Post Edited (ryand) : 3/16/2008 9:54:07 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/17/2008 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have bursitis im left hip and let me tell you, sometimes I cry it hurts so bad. I have cd and anti-inflams are out for me. I cannot tolerate steroids so thats out. I suffer alot. Have your dr check you out. Susie

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   Posted 3/17/2008 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Letting your Doc know about this is the first suggestion I would make and then go from there. Ry had a great idea with the mattress as once I changed to my memory foam I had alot less pain ina lot less places after waking and I know due to my knees and my back problems I dont chnage positions alot during sleep so this percipitates far more pain and stiffness in other joints and this is hardly surprising since I have degenerative joint disease. I cant begint o tell you how much difference the bed makes and I didnt have a cheap mattress before that. The orthopedic mattress are great for soem folks but it was far to hard for me and I do much better with the memory foam and it doesnt have to cost an arm and a leg and before I send anyone out to pay lots of money for one I encourage you to go to Walmart and buy one of the bed toppers but make sure it is at least 2-4 inches in thinkness and give it a try first,if it works then you can look inot the cost of a better permenant mattress. The topper may be all you will ever need and even Walmart carries the equivalant of a full mattress for less then $250 in my area.
Heating pad may work also on the inflammation and pillows under the knees also may aid in better alignment of the hips.
If it giving you trouble thru the day try using the therma pads and they make one for hips and I think they are a godsend myself,the drugstores all have their own brand now so they are nowhere near as expensive as they first were.
There is not a anti-inflam otc that would not effect your GI problems and even though some prescription ones are still on the market they still do not like to prescribe them if they can get around it. There are older meds like Indocin that seem to help some folks some of the time without causing GO problems but again this is something your Doc will have to decide.
Dont let this go too long without making an appointment to try to figureout what is going on.
Good luck to you!
2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
If you stumble make it part of the dance!
Formerly Ruth Thomas

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   Posted 3/17/2008 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Ryand I do sleep on my side that is the only way I can fall asleep maybe it is the bed. We do have a new med we atored at my husband grandparents house I keep on telling him to go get get it. He saiud he will go get it on saturday maybe this will work. Thanks for the advice. I hope you have a lpd.

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   Posted 3/17/2008 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I meant to say we have a new bed stored at my hubbys grandparents house.
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