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Hip pain

Hi everyone,

Wondered if apart from pain all over if anyone has particular pain in their hips & lower back?..I can't sleep some nights with it, especially in my hips.

I do yoga which I find helps a bit with the fibro, but some days I don't know what to do with pain in hips.

Help! ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hi - I have lots of hip and lower back pain, but I donโ€™t think much of it is due to my fibromyalgia (that might exacerbate it). So first thing make sure it really is the fibro causing the pain - I have osteoarthritis in my back, labral tears (one hip has been operated on) and bursitis in both hips. Iโ€™ve had injections in back and hips which have helped temporarily to varying degrees.

For day to day management I swear by my heated pad - and getting the right pain relief is important too.

Hope the pain improves soon,

Xx

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Hi lolacat,

You have a lot to contend with & fibro on top of everything! Yes heat defiantly works eg: salt baths, would stay in one permanently if I could lol. I'm going to make an appointment with my gp as soon as I can. Thanks a lot for your reply, it was very helpful.

I hope your pain improves soon too ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hi I have exactly the same pain and it interrupts my sleep. I have been tested for other things but I only have Fibro. So mine is due to Fibro. I try and do stretches but I have not found anything that helps sorry. X

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Hi jeep2000,

I will see my gp just to see if is to do with the fibro or something else. Thanks for your reply ๐Ÿ’œ

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Bursitis is very painful - Greater Trochanter Bursitis - take a look on the net for solutions and descriptions. I bought OsmoPatches as I had Bursitis for many years - found them very helpful but not an instant cure ... Website of the same name :-)

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Hi Marz,

I did some research online about buritis & i don't think I have it, but will see my gp anyway. Thanks so much for your reply ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hi like marz I was going to suggest bursitis I have it on both hips it's very painful ask ur gp to check it out or refer you back to rheumatology it was there I was diagnosed with it xx hope ur pain eases soon and you manage to get some sleep take care gentle hugs xx

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I have been like this for some years. When it became unbearable my GP initially thought it was due to fibro and I feel he thought I was drug seeking. When I said I didn't want any additional tablets but wanted ways to help manage it myself he referred me to a physio. The physio said he would only see me if I had X-rays first and in fact they showed that I need osteoarthritis in both hips. They are not bad enough yet to require replacement hip surgery but the referral gave me access to some very useful hip exercises which have helped and also to hydrotherapy which unfortunately was only for 6 weeks but which was marvellous and to acupuncture which didn't help but did help a friend.

If I was you I would ask GP for a referral as I think sometimes we are too ready to put every symptom we have down to fibro when it could be something else entirely.x

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Hi rosewine,

I'm definitely going to make an appointment with my gp, to see what they think. You poor thing! My mum has osteoarthritis & she is in agony, so you have my sympathy. Thank you so much for your helpful reply ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hi there, I also have hip pain & pain in my lower back but it's due to RA & osteoarthritis. I do however get pain and swelling just above my hip and around the side and it sometimes spreads into my lower back. I'm not sure what at it is but I suffer from constipation due to my meds and last week had taken some laxatives to help get things moving and notices the swelling had gone right down. May be coincidence but strange reaction. Anyway, I think you're doing the right thing by seeing your GP as we do tend to blame everything on fibro when in fact it may be something else. I hope you get some answers and some relief from the pain as fibro and it's over 200 side effects (which include other conditiins/syndromes) is hard enough to deal with! Good luck!

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Yes.been nine since diagnosed but it was before that in 2002 following car accident mine started.xxx

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Yeah, I get a lot of pain in those area's, I've suffered from back pain since I was about 12 after some pillock hit me in the back a few times at school (he was a bully tbh). I think the hip pain in my left side wakes me up, I have to lay on that side because I have reflux.

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Hi yes it an be very painful. plenty rest and pacing helps and your exercises etc if you can go them without causeing pain .know sure if you take meds pregabalin does help alot with the hip pain and going down legs and can help at night

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I have hip oa but find the majority of the pain is in my lower back (I sometimes think this is worse than the oa pain) usually the pain in the lower back is central or actually more to the right side. My doctors have said this is referred pain? Xx

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Hey namaste

I have wear and tear in my left hip due to being a gymnast as a kid and a avid runner as a adult and it is horrible it like a constant toothache.

I would go see ur dr as after 4 years of moaning i had a mri and i had two herniated discs to but because im quite flex ( yoga) they never thought that would b the case as i was still leading pretty normal life.

I have my normal meds , codeine, ami but i dont use aless im in serious pain i generally use cbd oil for the inflammation, started about 2 years ago and it been so good i not needed pain killers.

Keep with the yoga as it u dont it will just seize up and prob b worse. I notice mine more if i have a lazy day the next day im in pain.

I also see a great osteo once a fortnight who works into my hips and lower back and im mostly pain free with all of that.

Heat and ice helps if a real bad day and i buy heat pads u stick on clothes from poundland

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Go to the Dr's and get it checked out and don't let them blame it on fibro it took me three years before I got to see a specialist and I do have a problem with my lower back so if your not happy keep going back until u get to see some one to rule out everything good luck I know how u feel Angela

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Hi yes most of my pain in hips and lower back all tests done just fibro but cannot stand for more than couple of minutes walking a little easier but can flare if been sitting a while to so physio gave me some stretches do these each day best thing for me was hydro but not available at moment would like hot tub but wouldn't fit as have tiny garden x๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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I have this too and sometimes it's that bad when I wake up i can't actually move IAm in that much pain and I sleep with a pillow in-between my legs to help keep my back aligned as it was so painful I couldn't sleep but I have hashimoto's and me diagnosis aswell and I didn't even think of OA but my grandma has same hashimoto's, fibro and OA so I might go GP to ask so I Def think you should see if they will refer for x-rays to rule it out.

Have you changed your diet as I have cut out all my main triggers that cause me issues with autoimmune /hashimoto's Iam just working on making sure all sugar is removed and looking into supplements

There are several supplements high strength magnesium glycinate, N-Acetyl Glucosamine and Glucosamine and Chondroitin Complex I would definitely look into holistic ways instead of nsaid drugs these supplements have got really good reviews as you could possibly have deficiencies especially in magnesium just pay attention to filers etc.

There is also research into NAG and NAC and how it helps with autoimmune diseases

sciencedaily.com/releases/2...

healthrising.org/blog/2013/...

Also which yoga style do you practice ?

I love yoga but been so ill not been able to do it the last few months I found vanyasa flow was good but I can't do hatha it crippled me, I tried Bikram when I felt well which was good but abit to intense, I also tried hot yoga it helped release my muscles and helped with the pain and stiffness but I couldn't regulate my temperature properly so left me feeling abit dizzy and exhausted, I might look into Dru yoga too?

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Hi Merlio18,

Thank you for your reply..I do hatha yoga, but my yoga teacher practises 'old' yoga as in she prefers to teach traditional yoga, which takes a bit of everything but in the most gentliest way possible, she teaches at a slow pace, which suits me cos of the fibro & she is so nice..it sounds like you need a lovely teacher like mine ๐Ÿ˜Š btw my diet is very healthy, mostly lol & I take magnesium & cod liver oil, but I am going to get a doctor's appointment soon to see what they think. Hope you are feeling as good as you can be. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I went to the gym to do hatha so it wasn't taylored but I wouldn't be able to do it it's to slow for me and I couldn't hold the poses I really liked vanyasa flow when I did it at a yoga studio though so when iam feeling abit better Ian going to get into it again that's good your diet is healthy also which magnesium do your take as I read some really good reviews on magnesium glycinate and one lady said I think she had fibro and it made such a massive impact to her it reduced her pain dramatically she stopped taking Nsaid drugs so I have ordered a high dose one to try it's 2500mg (250mg magnesium glycinate) as I came off all supplements for a while because I started becoming hypersensitivitie to alot of meds and stuff and I definitely noticed a benefit taking the correct magnesium.

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I was born with a congenital displaced left hip back in 1954 eventually had surgery in 1979 (arthrodesis and osteotomy - fused left hip) so I know exactly what you mean. Had spinal (facet) injections last Friday- will take a while before I know if the injections are going to help

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Yes, indeed, the hip and groin pain and lower back is the worst pain of all.

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Hi

I suffer really bad with extremely painful hips, lower back and legs. I fall quite often so my gp sent me for investigation. .. nothing at all showed up so it was put down to the fibromyalgia. Xx

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Hi yes I suffer greatly with lower back pain and hip pain on top of fibro and RA. I have osteoarthritis in lower back but not sure whatโ€™s causing hip pain. Rheumatologist reckons itโ€™s the fibro but Iโ€™m not convinced. I find MST and hot water bottle helps ๐Ÿ˜Šxx

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I know exactly what you are going through, I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, I have unbelievable pain in my hips and lower back. I damaged my back when I was 14 (I am 58 now), I have a tear going 3/4 of the way through a vertebra, this is sealed by the vertebra above and below it touching each other, the 2 vertebra above and below are squashing the disks between them making the them bulge. this apparently is causing the pain in my hip. when If I have been sitting for a while, when I stand up it feels like my left leg is shorter than my right one and I have to wait for this to ease before I can walk. my GP has sent me to a physio, even she said 'why has he sent you to me', she did a telephone consultation with me and sent me booklets about arthritis, and told me to do the exercises in the booklets, a lot of these involve lying on the floor and pressing my lower back into the floor. firstly, it is my lower back where most of the damage is and secondly, I cant bend and I cant get onto the floor, if I fall I cant get up off the floor. so just how she expects me to do this I am yet to work out. like you the pain makes sleeping difficult.

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Hello

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I remember my motherโ€™s back going out after she had geared up her gardening. Her doctor said her back had decalcified while carrying her (five) children. She always had lactose intolerance to begin with.

I remember her putting a firm surface (woven mat) in her car to sit on when driving. I also remember her taking measures to increase her calcium intake. Donโ€™t overlook calcium!

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Yes i do had a hip replacement thatโ€™s due to arthritis and fibromyalgia please donโ€™t ignore it like i did , have x rays done and talk to your doctor

Good luck

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Yes I will do. Thank You for your reply ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I get a burning pain in my hips which no one can diagnose! Also lower back pain but I suspect thatโ€™s too much weight, bad posture etc

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Yup, I do. Do you find that you spend your nights turning back and forth when the the hip pain on the side you're laying on gets too much? ๐Ÿ˜”

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Hi, yes lower back pain and both hips. Physio tried but no improvement, they are suggesting Apostherapy shoes to try and correct my stance but I need 2 new hips as well as having arthritis of the spine, so this was the first phase to get new hips,second will be these shoes and when they don't work then two new hips. Ask your gp if you can go for xrays to rule in or out osteoarthritis. Good luck.

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Hello

I get terrible hip pain and lower back pain. I have had Fibromyalgia for a few years, but, the hip pain was unbearable at times, sleeping with a pillow between my legs helped a bit, plus hot water bottles on the pelvic area, ice sometimes, ibuprofen etc etc., tried everything. Went to a locum GP and explained and she said I will do an x ray but I am not expecting it to show anything. Had the x ray and I have osteoarthritis in both hips. I am 51. You know your body, so I would ask/demand an x ray just in case there is arthritis there as well as Fibro. Fibro is known for hip pain and I am sure at times it was the Fibro, but after a very upsetting and challenging 19 months of my life and a nasty fall, I now have arthritis. Good luck with everything!

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