Hip Pain - HELP

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   Posted 3/2/2012 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
What can I do about my hip pain.  It just gets worse and worse.  I sleep on my side (preferably left side) and after about 2 hours of sleep, I wake up in terrible pain.  I will be laying on one side, but BOTH sides hurt. Has anyone else had this problem and what can I do? I'm so tired and tired of hurting. shakehead
I have been diagnosed with Lupus (it's in remission) and fibro.  I take plaquenil and prednisone for the lupus.  My rhume has me on flexoril to help me sleep and I've been taking vicidin for the last 3 weeks for the pain, but it isn't helping.
I've lived with pain for 40 years with the fibro and was so relieved when it finally had a name! 

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   Posted 3/2/2012 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BuddysGirl - Sorry that you have such pain. I also had hip pain. I found that heat and massage helped a lot. Also, I got some stretches from PT and yoga and I do them everyday, and they also seem to help.

I also have had fibro for 40 years. There was no name for it then. I was told that I had the flu (all the time?) or I was too tense. Who doesn't tense with pain?

You must be so tired. I hope that you can get some rest. Will you dr. OK massage and/or PT?

Take care!

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   Posted 3/2/2012 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow I have the samething too. Hurts so much to lay on my hips sometimes! My md said I had bursitis, but I also heard there where fibro tender points there too. I think it's the fibro. Heat helps like hope4 said. Sometimes I have to sleep on my back. Stinks big time lol. I really don't know what else to use. I have a nice pillow top mattress and it still hurts.

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   Posted 3/2/2012 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I know of 2 things that work well. A non invasive treatment I use is the medication called voltaren gel. You rub this on several times a day on your hips. It was amazing how well it works. It takes a few rubs when first starting to see a difference. You can always do a steriod injections in your hips. It takes a few days till you get some results, but it last long time and you don't have to mess with the gel. I usually get the Injection, but at the time I couldn't so he gave me the gel. I was very impressed how well it works. It's an antiinflammatory gel, it less likely to bother your gut. I also lay on a huge heating pad and that helps. I am like you, I was having trouble lying on my hips. The voltaren gel made so huge of difference that now I can sleep on my hips again. I hope you find some relief soon.

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   Posted 3/4/2012 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   

My hips and severe abdominal pain were my first signs. The hip pain can be SO intense and no one understands unless they have Fibromyalsia. I tried a chiropractor and it seems worse. I am also on a small amount of Vicodin which works wonders for me but I am very sensitive to meds. I also have a prescription rub/cream and it works wonders. I have not tried the shots yet. I also use a body pillow at night and it goes between your legs and supports your hips. I could NOT live without my body pillow...lol. Good luck!
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   Posted 3/4/2012 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, BuddysGirl, and welcome!  I'm so glad you joined our family!  Oh, hip pain.  I've been dealing with this for months.  For years I used ibuprofen with food to help with the pain but can no longer take it due to stomach ulcers.  I definitely have fibromyalgia but ibuprofen shouldn't have helped me that much because fibro isn't an inflammatory illness so now they are looking into auto immune arthritis,too...lupus is in that list.  But, since you do have lupus, perhaps ibuprofen before bed might help some.  Always ask your doctor or pharmacist first, though, to make sure there wouldn't be any interactions with other meds you are taking.
Right now I'm using Tramadol (which isn't helping me) and Robaxin, which is a muscle relaxor.  I use a gel called Sombra and it really helps a lot.  I especially love that it comes in a roll on so I don't get the product on my hands.  I keep it on my nightstand and when the hip pain hits in the middle of the night I just grab it, roll some on my hips and go back to sleep....don't even have to get out of bed!  smilewinkgrin   I do move off the offending hip for a while but usually can go back on it.  I do have a curved spine and of course the hip I need to lie on is the one that hurts.  Story of my life!  Anyway, here is a link to Sombra in case you are interested.  As you see, others have products that help them, too.  We are all so different so we need to try various things to see what helps us the best.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there.  It sounds like you have had fibro for a while and so have I but I'm constantly learning new things about this crazy illness.  Fibro 101 is jam packed with goodies. 
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 3/4/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem, the pain wakes me also. My pain feels like a deep bone pain, I don't get it every night but often enough. I also get the same pain in my shoulder, if I push on the area, right where the arm and shoulder meet it is very tendder and sore. Got the right hip and left shoulder so some nights I feel like i should hang by my feet to sleep. I can't lay on my chest with the costo, that hurts.

I do at time get the hip pain with a burning pain down the side of my leg into my foot.Happens sometimes when I am going for my walks, so stay close to home for them now.

I am a oldie here who just returned, love the new boards and plan to stick around.

Where is Jeannie?

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   Posted 3/4/2012 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, PALMY, and welcome back!  Jeannie got so busy with her business and family that she hung up the keyboard.  LOL  She is still a member and I hope she will pop in and post whenever she can.  She gives great information.  I miss her, too.
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   Posted 3/7/2012 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Palmy,

I have the exact same hip challenges, also. I have since been diagnosed with both frozen left shoulder and hip. The muscles freeze up and hold the joints in place which cause the irritation and pain. This is also known as bursitis. Having fibromyalgia only aggravates the condition, since it is our muscles that contract during flare ups, too. Walking does exacerbate the condition...but, if I don't walk...it stiffens up and gets worse. darned if we do or do not, it seems.

I am in PT for the shoulder, and it is progressing nicely. The hip is a different story, though. Now the other hip is acting up. Since I favor the right side since the left is frozen...now the right side is showing the same symptoms. I have been told that after the hip therapy, if it doesn't work, then they want to use cortisone injections. Which they can't for that is also on my list of sensitivities.

I use something called Pain-a-trate (similar to Ben Gay) from a company called Melaleuca. It helps with the pain especially at night while in bed. I am allergic to most meds and needed to find that alternative.

Warm compresses or heating pad does seem to help also.


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   Posted 3/8/2012 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Pillows! I swear by them. I use a ton at night to help with positioning. I have a lot of hip, knee, ankle/achille's tendon and shoulder pain. I sleep with my legs elevated, using pillows that support my legs all the way up to my butt. I recommend feather or feather/down pillows because they hold heat in really well. I have a feather body pillow, also, that really helps with positioning so I can sleep on my side but not stress my joints so much. I'm also in love with my heated mattress pad, because it keeps my muscles warm at night and keeps my joints from getting stiff. It has a 10-hour automatic shutoff and lots of settings to control the amount of heat.
Fibro, chronic fasciitis/metatarsalgia, SVT, mild structural heart issues, total hysterectomy 6/2011. Meds: multivitamin, loratadine, 50mg tramadol + 1000mg acetaminophen, 100mg metoprolol, 600 mg gabapentin 3x/day, 30 mg Cymbalta 1x/day, 4 mg tizanidine at bedtime for muscle pain/sleep issues as needed.

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   Posted 3/8/2012 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I know it sounds like a silly suggestion, but I started sleeping with a pillow between my legs YEARS ago, and my hip pain decreased dramatically.
You have to get the height right, so your hips are kept level (I’ve also resorted to a small pillow under my waist to keep my spine straight) I can’t sleep without it now.
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