Hi. I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from hip pain. I've also suffered with hip pain for several years now. I have RA, but my symptoms overlap a lot of with lupus (my mother had MCTD). I'm currently taking enbrel and methotrexate for the RA, and doing wonderfully. However, my hips still get extremely sore much of the time--although I no longer limp. I very rarely can sleep on my side; I cannot sit crosslegged with my daughters; many times I cannot cross my legs when sitting in a chair; I have difficulty with stairs at times. The best therapy I've found when my hips get bad is a combination of a very hot bath followed by a heating pad, which I sleep with all night. I've never had injections for my hips, but perhaps my hips never got bad enough that an injection would help. I also take tramadol for the pain, and I use tylenol pm at night.
I hope you find your magic therapy and that your hips settle down some. I never realized how important my hips were until they were all but taken out of commission.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex