Hip pain made worse by warm/hot water???

Before I developed full blown fibromyalgia I had a horse riding accident. I fell onto my left hip and was unable to remount the horse it was so bad. It was a beautiful colour with blacks purples etc spreading down my left thigh.

After a few weeks I started riding again, albeit carefully and eventually back to full force. Last year shortly after diagnosis I stopped riding due to pain levels.

Ever since the accident I haven't tolerated hot water (bath water really) on my hip. It feels odd when first getting in, like surface numbness. The longer I stay in the more painful it gets, like it's being pushed against.

This accident happened in August 2012, so a while ago now. X-rays show no damage to the bones yet my walking is now suffering to the point I need help on the not so good days and cannot walk far without serious discomfort. I have repeatedly told my GP but to no avail.

My question is this (sorry for all the writing, just trying to give an accurate picture) is my current pain fibro or is there something else going on that has been missed? I accept that this probably led to the fibro, I just feel that the concentration of pain in my hip is the bane of my existence right now. I have pain elsewhere but not to the level of my left hip.

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  • Hi

    Sorry to hear that you are in so much pain I am the same with my left hip and it gets worse as the day goes on. When you say you have had an X ray and nothing shows was that immediately after the accident or recently?

  • Hi Rosewine. I had the X-ray about a year after the accident.

  • Hi again. I am wondering whether after the trauma of the riding accident it has left a weakness in the hip and that you have now developed osteoarthritis. I had a bad fall 5 years ago and fell directly onto the flat lower part of my right arm after the initial couple of months of pain I appeared to have made a full recovery. I have suddenly started to have intense pain in that area and can't straighten my arm in the mornings and if I use it the pain starts to increase and literally zings. I had to go to the Pain Clinic on Wed for my usual acupuncture and asked the pain nurse whether he could "zap" that as well. He commented on the scar and said that he thought I had developed arthritis in it and that can happen some years after a trauma. I do hope you can get some answer to this as I know the agony it can cause. You might not need an MRI scan but just a further simple X rayx

  • You could be right Rosewine. Hopefully the pain clinic will find the cause.

    Not sure how I feel about acupuncture, just the thought makes me cringe!


  • Mine is electronic no needlesx

  • Hi ladytelita

    I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? I am so sorry to read of the horrendous suffering that you are experiencing and I genuinely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to this issue.

    As I am not a doctor I cannot say for sure what it is. However, it may be worth discussing the issue with your GP and asking if they will send you for an MRI to check for any nerve damage? It is worth a try?

    I want to wish you all the bets of luck and I hope that you can find the answers that you are looking for?

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • Hi Ken. I have brought up the issue of my hip repeatedly and the GP said they could do injections directly in to the site of pain, but that she wouldn't recommend it because my pain levels were too high! I haven't suggested an MRI, mainly because everything has now been handed over to the hospital and pain clinic. Meanwhile I do less and less in order to not set it off, which isn't healthy.

    Hoping for better luck at my first appointment, should it ever come through.

  • Good luck with your appointment ladytelita x

  • Its possible you have Bursitis, as that is fluid it could expand with heat? I had bursitis in my hip excruciating pain!

  • Crikey that never occurred to me. Gonna investigate that but you could be onto something there. Thanks Iampain, sincerely hope you are not in pain today. :)


  • Not too bad, but still weary, hope you resolve your problem soon.((gentle hugs))


  • I would advise going to see another gp at your dr's practice, and getting referred to someone that can look into it more, perhaps have an mri scan no one can tell you what is wrong until you have more tests done to look into it more, i'm the opposite with hot water when i have a bath it's lke the pain vanishes from my body and it's like sinking into a piece of heaven for a short while, it's why i live in my hot tub duing the summer months,it's like an angel comes and takes all my pain away, that is until i get out and it all starts up again

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