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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone else get this?  It's actually my hip(s) and not the muscles.  Wakes me at night.  Also all the glands in my head hurt.  A little swollen but not bad.  Also wakes me and I wake in the morning with a migraine.  Not sure if the glands have anything to do with the Fibro or Migraines or if life is just sick enough to see if I can handle more pain.

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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   

My right hip is my worst pain complaint.  It migrates down my thigh into my knee.  I am up and down all night long because of it.  The funny thing is, it's not as bad when I am walking around.  Sitting, sleeping...OWIE.  Don't know if its a nerve, joint or muscle because if feels all consuming.  Bed to recliner to couch...that's me all night long.



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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Vestabula. I feel so bad for you. I'm praying, and that's saying alot for me, that this doesn't become a constant thing. I may be wrong on that though. I can't even imagine the hell you go through every night with this. I feel like I'm whinning by even mentioning it now. Mine is on again off again pain and doesn't seem nearly as bad as yours. Sweetie, you're a stronger person than I. I would ask you if anything helps but if it did you would have mentioned it. Hang in there hon and thank you for letting me know it's not all in my head. When you tell a Dr. about all these things they tell you "that shouldn't be happening from the Fibro. I'm beginning to think that it ALL happens because of the Fibro.

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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to let you know that I too have intermittant hip pain.  It is mostly my right hip and bugs the heck out of me.  It is achy most of the time but always worse at night like Vestabula's.  One side, other side, back, out of bed, in my recliner, walk around the family room a little.  I've had fibro for over 40 years and the hip pain has been there for at least 20 of them.  And yes I do think it is fibro.
Don't let those drs tell you its not.  If they don't beleive you are in pain---find a dr that will listen to what you are saying.

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   Posted 1/14/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hip pain here too - I have had xrays two or three times and they of course show nothing! I have been told it was bursitis, tendonitis, piriformis syndrome, etc. I even had the trigger point injections into the piriformis muscle and it didn't help - ouch!

It also bothers me most at night, I have to continually switch sides. I usually put a rub on at night (bengay, aspercreme, tiger balm, biofreeze - I think I have tried them all), but it doesn't help much. I think the only thing that might help is sleeping on your back.

Good luck - hope you get some relief soon.
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   Posted 12/30/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Does Physical Therapy help?

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   Posted 12/30/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had hip pain for the last 3 years really bad, i take my pain meds when i know i have to walk a lot but sometimes it even gets me in the grocery store. i have recently gotten a body pillow to put between my legs at night and my hips dont wake me up half as much, its low cost and has helped me to get sleep so much more, i hope you will try this and see if the pillow will help you also!
good luck,

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   Posted 12/30/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
When I wake up in the mornings it is because of my right hip aching. And I sleep on that side, so I have to get up. When I take my first step on my left foot, my left hip aches. It is wierd. Later in the day it is both when I get tired. So I can sympathise with you all. I don't know if it fibro, arthritis, or my weight, could be my age too. lol... I jsut know it is there.

I try flexing the muscle there and that seems to help some. That is why I think it is fibro related. It feels like the joint, but I think it is in the muscle and tendons near the joint.

I hope that you all are feeling better, some of us (like me for instance) I guess should accept the fact that this will probably stay with me forever. But it gets depressing knowing that. But I think that the more I move around the more I will be able to move around so I am not giving up on this.

Hugs to all,
Have you ever tried glucosamine?  It helps with joint problems.  If you try it, get it with MSM and condroiton in it.  Just thought that I would mention that.

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   Posted 12/30/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
One of the cardinal signs of hip bursitis is that it is worse when you sleep on that hip and often feels better when up and moving. It can be managed with manual therapies, activity and stretching. Cortisone injections into the bursa often help also. Maybe even just a course of anti-inflammatory meds. Massage can be useful also to help loosen up the muscles that tighten in response to the pain. I've had this for several years but is generally under control by using some of these ideas. I know it can be very painful but help is available. Just keep trying to find the right answer for you.
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   Posted 1/1/2011 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had fibro for some time now and my day to day pain is in both hips. In my case, it is worse when I walk. In fact, I use a wheelchair to get around town.

I get plenty of exercise because I swim often so it is not due to a lack of movement.


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   Posted 1/1/2011 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I have hip pain that is worse in the left hip. I went to an orthopedic doctor who did an xray and an MRI. I have Iliotibial Band Syndrome and bursitis in that hip.

Symptoms: Can't lay on that hip at night. Painful to touch on the outside of my hip and pain migrates down my thigh and down into my knee sometimes. when this happens, my knee hurtslike the dickens.

Conservative therapy didn't help, so I have had two steroid injections in the left hip. I have an appt next week to set up another injections. It is my understanding that one can only have four injections total in any given joint. If I get to this point, I will definitely consider having the surgery to remove the bursae. It is very, very painful when it is flared up and does interrupt sleep. It is better walking around, but after sitting, it is a struggle to get up and walk the stiffness off.

I was just wondering if you might have bursitis in your hip.

Hope you get some relief soon.

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   Posted 1/1/2011 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
yo all,
I too get shots, I have them in my spine and hips..I just had an epidural several mths back and it helped a little. I also get my nerves burned every 6 mths and "blocks" done several times a yr. It helps some, but I don;t think anything short of walking around with an iv drip of morphine will work..
Take care, Barbara

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   Posted 1/1/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought my hip pain was from fibro...and maybe it is.  But my doctor told me I had bursitis in both hips.  He pushed on the side of my thighs and I just about went through the roof.  I guess the nerve from the hip runs down the leg and that's how I got the diagnosis.  It comes and goes for me.
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   Posted 1/3/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have this pain as well.  It seems to worsen with lying too long on one side or the other.  It wakes me up and I will have to turn over to get back to sleep.  To me, it does feel like a deep toothache in the bones but I will also have muscle involvement as well, it will feel really tight & sore/painful, difficult to really explain it. I have used a large "body" pillow for years now.  This definitely helps overall with my back as well.  I take an extra pillow even when I travel for between my knees at the very least.  I will also go numb, especially in the groin area of my hip (where the leg meets the body).  This numbness isn't always accompanied by the pain but everything gets so mixed up anyway, you know?

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   Posted 1/3/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Yo all,
I have to use a pillow between my knees at night too. I;;m the type that;ll lay in the same spot/position for hrs even if I;m hurting real bad. My husband doesn;t understand how I can do this, actually I can;t either , just one of those weird things.. I got a new bed that made a huge difference in being able to get up and walking unlike the 1 vertebrae at a time thing. With Fibro, sleep is one of the most important things we need, but can be so elusive..
I sometimes have the numbness feeling with alot of pain in the same place. Go figure.
Had a tooth break off below the gumline Fri., had to wait till this a.m. to get it fixed. Anytime I have to go to the Dr. its an hrs drive one way. Being in the vhl. brings on the worst pain of anything I do.. Oh well, yall take care. Barbara

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   Posted 1/3/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought about this post earlier today as I was having pains in my right hip area.  First time it's happened in several years.  Doc told me back then it was prob bursitis and I had an injection also.
Now that fibro / ms could be in the picture...who knows! rolleyes

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   Posted 1/4/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
My biggest complaint second to my hands is my hips. I wake up constantly from the pain. I know I'm headed to my highest pain level when my hands, wrists and hip hurts at night...bascially can call it a night of no sleeping. My doctor has recommended a sleep aid. Bleh.

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   Posted 2/26/2011 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I get this hip pain too both sides the right seems more prominent though. a deep paralyzing pain where you cant move. Doesnt wake me up at night or anything but i cant get out of bed at all without pain meds alot of them. This only comes around for me preceding my cycle for some reason, a fore-warning. And the headaches are more sharp in my temples and across the forehead when i cough or sneeze or bend down and just put you down for a spell.
Is this hip pain joint or muscle related? Im sorry if you have to experience this all the time that is the worst thing to wake up to.

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   Posted 2/27/2011 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc called it bursitis, and the physical therapy might help if I could do it, but it hurts my other stuff! The pt said that people with fibro are susceptible to bursitis. Although the hip pain is burning, and that is like fibro pain, isn't it? Oh well.

I thought it was my joints, but the dr showed me a skeleton and the joints are closer to the groin. :)


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   Posted 2/28/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have bursitis in my hips and knees. When my hips start to bother me to the point of getting no sleep, I usually get a cortisone shot in the knee. My doctor says that the bursitis in the hip is affected by the compensation we use when we walk with bad knees. My left knee is really bad. I have 2 meniscus tears, arthritis, bursitis and plummers knee (pad of fluid on knee cap) and when these all flare at the same time - ouch and waddle.....and then the hip starts. When I get the shot, several days later the knee and the hip will feel better.

He never said anything about having a minimum of cortisone shots though. I will have to ask him since I am due to get the 4/5 one??
If there is, my next option is surgery to repair the tears and file down the arthritis. Not looking forward to that at all.

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   Posted 2/28/2011 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   

i have hip and lower back pains more so
now , while i am flaring with ulcerative colitis .
HERE COMES THE KICKER, my Doctor told me
last week , the reason i have so much pain is
because i use the bathroom to much.
so sitting on the throne 10-15 time a day is the cause
for my hip pain. I DON'T THINK SO.

who else would believe that?

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   Posted 8/20/2016 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had bursitis of the hip for about 4 years now. It all started when I got a baby pug that wanted to snuggle in by my neck. So for 2 nights I slept on my right side and didn't move all night. That third morning I woke up and got out of bed is when I felt it. It's never left. I thought it would just get better. I should have went to the Dr about it sooner but honestly thought it would go away. I had a cortisone injection back in April. It was wonderful for two weeks, then came back. I'm now in physio since April and It is slowly getting better. The physiotherapist uses direct ultrasound. electric pulses and functional dry needling. Normal acupuncture did it worse. But the dry needling (much longer needles with electro pulses seems to be helping it. I'm really giving the physio thing a good try. If it's not gone by October,. I will go back and have another cortisone injection. I'm told bursitis is very hard to get rid of.

On another note, I have heard that years ago there was an option to have the Bursa sac removed. Has anyone done this? I would think there would be great friction on the hip without the sac. I've also noticed lately, that when wearing my sneakers, I feel the pain more. When I wear my shoes (which have very good support and roll up slightly on the front and rear ends of the shoes) I don't feel the pain as much.

The cortisone injection has helped in that the ache doesn't go down my groin or thigh anymore.

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   Posted 8/20/2016 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I had hip pain that was waking me up at 2:00 in the morning. I couldn't sleep. This went on for a couple of years.

We got a new mattress. I still have a little pain but it isn't nearly as bad as it was with the mattress effecting it. Just a thought.

HOpe you are having a good day.

Hugs, Karen...

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