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#1 Kamlesh

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 10:57 AM

Recently I am having more pain in both hip joints.
Any suggestions?
Kind regards,

Kamlesh


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Posted 16 September 2007 - 11:32 AM

Kamlesh,
I am sorry that you have another pain to add to your list. Lets hope that it is just "passing through" and you will find relief soon.

When I started to get these pains, I tried NSAIDS at first. It helped some but was pretty painful and hard to ignore when it didn't. The doctor finally did some exrays and blood tests to rule out other causes for the pain. As it stands now it is part of an active arthritis for me called inflammatory arthritis.

Do you get this pain while walking, at rest or both?
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:11 PM

I can sympathise, Kamlesh. Do you have any medical opinion on the source of the pain?

I am also having increased pain in both hips. My right hip is worse and has been giving me trouble for years and I have used a walking stick for a couple of years. The left one has only recently become very painful, too. I also have inflammatory arthritis, Erin, but the hips (and knees) are affected by osteoarthritis. The NSAID that I take for the inflammatory stuff helps a little, but there is always some pain in the hips. I have been offered stronger pain medicine, but the side effects are worse than the pain. I've been advised to lose weight. Because I have problems with both hips and knees on both legs and also pain in my right foot from the sclero, I find walking very difficult. I recently purchased a walker with wheels, brakes and a chair to sit in when I get tired of walking. It was a big step for me to admit that I needed it, but it allows me to get out of the house more. We depend on buses and trains for transportation and I can take it on both. My rheumatologist and general practitioner have said that when the time is right I will be able to get hip surgery but that it is too soon to consider yet.
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#4 Gizelle

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 02:08 PM

I've had hip pain for so long, it's crazy. I get Physiotherapy off and on. it helps a little. My Physiotherapist said it's tendinitis. No type of pain relieves have helped. None at all.
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 04:47 PM

Kamlesh,
Could it possibly be bursitis? Years ago I had it in one hip. A cortisone shot did the trick, no more trouble. I think you should check with your doctor. Best of wishes to you.

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 04:47 PM

Hi Jefa, Erin, and Gizelle,

Thank you for your responses. Last year, I used to have severe pain in left hip and my rheumatologist gave a steroid shot and it helped for 6-9 months. During my visit to my rheumatologist couple of weeks ago I mentioned to him. But, his major concern is to keep my scleroderma under control while continue to lower my Cellcept dose. I am always having problem with low RBC/WBC counts, but recently it went even lower than low limit along with high liver enzymes. He asked me to further reduce Cellcept to 1500 mg. Looks like my increased joint pain is linked to reduction in Cellcept from 3000mg to 2000 mg to now 1500 mg. I feel more tired and fatigued. I take NSAIDS, but do not help much.

I get pain mainly standing. I continue to force myself to go for decent walk everyday. This week it is more severe as I was traveling on a business trip and I was on my feet almost two full days.

Life is full of compromises and with Scleroderma it is even more profound. I need to learn to tolerate more pain
Kind regards,

Kamlesh


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Posted 16 September 2007 - 06:54 PM

Hi Kamlesh,

Yes, I have a suggestion. Go buy a cane and the pain will go away. :P That's what I did and it has worked so far!

This summer I kept getting hitches in my get-along. My left hip would just sort of freeze up and I knew if I took one more step I'd be on the ground. I would have to just stand still or squat, which was painful, and massage it and/or hobble to the nearest place to sit. It bothered me on a camping trip and when I got home, I bought a cane. The pain has not been back since. Go figure... :blink:

Seriously though, I hope you find relief soon.

Love,
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Posted 17 September 2007 - 02:43 AM

When I was having my hip pain that just would not go away I had gotten a steroid shot, it helped eventually the pain went away but I still have the dull pain that is in my left hip. I did buy a cane only because there was times I couldn't even walk and I was hopping around on one leg. Not good!! It still hurts but not like it did a few years ago. Now I'm I having pain in my left shoulder arm hand neck. Well I think your best bet is to chat with the doctor. Oh yeah I did water therapy for it too. Take care , Sam
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Posted 17 September 2007 - 04:05 AM

I've had hip pain for 10+ years. I didn't think anything of it back then, and then I was diagnosed with sclero, so I've been busy with all of that, and over the years my hips have gotten more ans more painful and the knees also. Recently, my sclero specialist told me she was bored with me, which meant that I was stable and basically told me "See ya' Have a great life" and that we'll just keep an eye on my lungs and such a few times a year. So I asked her if it was ok to seek treatment about my knees now that the sclero seems to be under control. She said it was a good idea, but to NOT let whoever I see give me shots in my knee as treatment. I know that is going to be the first course of action they are going to want to take. So I'll give the ortho guy my sclero doctor's number and hopefully he will call her to discuss what other options there might be. I was hoping that they could just "clean" out my knees orthoscopically, as I don't think I need replacements as of yet. I'll have him check out my hips while he's at it, as they are a big part of my pain prob as well as my knees. I see the ortho on Friday. It'll be interesting. I'll let you know what I find out.
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 04:13 AM

During the time doctor was suspecting sclero, my hip began hurting, making it impossible to drive, nearly impossible to walk. He recommended physical therapy. The pain & immobility motivated me to comply, and wow, what a difference. Before my first appointment, it spread to the other hip too. After doing 3 stretches for a couple days, I regained my movement. I still have pain in both hips, but less severe. And I still do my 3 stretches, but more on an as needed basis.