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Bilateral Trochanteric Bursitis

Katiecorcoran
Katiecorcoran
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Has anyone suffered from this? I'm new here.

I have had it for 3 years now and I am looking for options as it is really affecting my life.

I have tried steroid injections, medications etc but had no luck.

I am looking into a bursectomy. Has anyone had this on the NHS?

Thanks :)

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Bananas5

My husband had it...or so the pain consultant thought. Treatments for every description were tried to no avail. Finally after 5 years they did a hip replacement and pain vanished.

Removing the bursar doesn't always solve the pain. If the cause is still there...pain is likely to return

Have you tried all these...

Managing your inflammation. Bursa inflammation it best eased via ice therapy and techniques or exercises that deload the inflamed structures.

Your physiotherapist will use an array of treatment tools to reduce your pain and inflammation. These include: ice, electrotherapy, acupuncture, de-loading taping techniques, soft tissue massage and temporary use of a mobility aid (eg cane or crutch) to off-load the affected side.

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Katiecorcoran

Was his confirmed by scans? I have had an mri and ultrasounds and they said it is that. I’ve tried hot and cold therapy, electrotherapy, the taping techniques, microcurrent therapy. Plus lots of different exercise regimes through physio therapy. I’ve not tried acupuncture or the crutches. I have it in both hips so do you think crutches would help? I’m worried I will off load weight onto one and make the other worse. I struggle to get anywhere on nhs and my private insurance has covered the scans and steroid injections. But they don’t seem to be able to offer me anything else and it is really affecting my life being in agony constantly.

I’m only 20 years old so I like to be active.

Thanks for your reply.

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Bananas5

He was a bit older than you but still too young to be considered for hip replacement. Scans showed some inflammation but not enough to cause the amount of pain he was in.. With David he has a number of other serious spinal conditions which resulted in one leg being completely useless and the other doing all the work for over 25 years.

Like you he tried ice, heat and everything else. Had the diagnostic therapeutic injection which offered no relief. That meant removing the bursitis would make no difference. As I said eventually when the did replace his hip all the damage was hidden. It was held on with a wing and a prayer.

I don't know if you have one removed whether it would put more pressure on the other side and make that side worse.

Tricky one.

Have you spoken with your consultant? Any advice from him?

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Katiecorcoran

Wow that sounds awful.

My consultant referred me to the pain clinic for them to try and manage the pain rather than try and fix it.

But I am going back to him, but if need be I will get a second opinion it just takes so long for appointments on the nhs!

Thanks for your reply

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Bananas5

I am number one fan of the pain clinic . Maybe we have been lucky but over 30 years had 4 excellent ones.

It was David's last consultant, anesthetist in his own right, who worked with the orthopedic surgeon over those 5 years and was in fact the anesthetist at his surgery!

Go back..get a second opinion...and let me know how you get on.

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cindy1957

Hi I have had Bursitis for years, had a hip implant on my left side, cannot get over it. Been dealing with it for about 8 years. They will not take my Bursa out, wish I could find a doctor to do it. I ice constantly, do certain exercises, try a salve which helps. I have had several cortisone shots, but nothing work. Please let me know if you find a doctor to take the Bursa out, because I would like to have it done. Thanks and good luck.

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Katiecorcoran

Where about are you? I am in touch with a private surgeon and have a consultation with him so I hope so!

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cindy1957

Thanks in the US, State of Wisconsin

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dillydally1

hi, i have had bursitis with calcification in my shoulder, i have had had keyhole surgery x 3 for this, the problem does affect me still. i have also had the same in my left hip, i had open surgery for this which up to now has been successful, this was 3 years ago. hope you sort your problem out soon. x

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Katiecorcoran

Thanks. I hope so x

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Jannabob

Hi

I have had bilateral trochanteric pain syndrome on and off since I was 13, so for 12 years. Has anyone mentioned that term to you rather than bursitis? Apparently they don't call it bursitis anymore because it isn't usually just the bursa causing the issue. If this is the case for you then removing the bursa will not solve the problem.

It's been particularly bad for me for the last 4 months. Recently I have seen an improvement which is down to massage, foam rolling and stretches. I need to do all of this every other day to keep the pain at bay. It might seem a lot but for me its definitely worth it. You have to work over your entire glutes, not just the painful area, down your IT band, and also quads and hamstrings. I foam roll my quads, hamstrings and IT bands, spending at least 5 minutes on each (it gets less painful the more you do it, I promise!) I use a massage ball on my glutes against the wall, at least 5 minutes each side, then stretch everything, holding each stretch for at least 30 seconds. I do all this most days, and 2 or 3 times a week a friend gives me a deep hamstring and glutes massage. Adjusting the way you walk may help as well - mine is caused by not walking normally as I have knee problems, so I haven't been able to try this.

Hope this helps x

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Katiecorcoran

I am having a bursectomy on my right hand side hip and then three months later my left. Has anyone had this procedure? Thanks

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