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Bursitis & Fibromyalgia

Since I've had Fibromyalgia, I have constant bursitis in my greater trocanter (hip bursa) as well as a constant inflammation of my SI joints.

I receive shots in my hips every few months, sometimes monthly.  I do the exercises given to me by my DO, however, I have only short term relief from the shots.  I apply ice.  I still have the bursitis and it won't go away.

I never had any hip injuries prior or since to cause bursitis.

Does anyone else have recurrent bursitis with their Fibromyalgia?
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You bet.  I had bursitis or tendinitis or whatever in both my greater trocanter (all over the place) and SI joints. I treated it with ultrasound and got about 80% improvement with pain at rest and more function.  You can buy a machine off the internet for less that $250.
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Yes, I have hipo and both shoulder bursitis along with the fibro. Making it very painful to do about anything. I got home from work tonight, and feel like I'm starting another flair. My feet are tingeling and hurting, my legs hurt, and the fatigue is overwhelming. It was the first rally nice day we have had 68*. I enjoyed it so much, but tonight I'm in misery.
Bursitis is an inflammation of the joint. It seems to come in conjunction with arthritis and fibro, but it is a seperate condition. You shouldn't have over 3 shots of cortisone in a year, according to most specialists.Sometimes they can drain the bursa joints, I've never had that done. Getting old sucks.
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I have the exact same thing.  It is very painful.  I have not received the shots, I am scared to death of needles and if it is something I would have to do over and over I will not take them.  I find no relief.  I've tried hot/cold compress, that worked a little but it is a chore to go from cold to heat and back to cold and back to heat every 15 minutes.  My hips are so bad sometimes I can't walk and if I move just right, the pain will take my breath away.  The bursitis in my hips was one of my first symptoms with FM.  
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In fact I am in pain right now. I have had SI shots but the hip and trochanter bpain is getting old. I can barely get sleep at night.
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I am so miserable right now I can hardly stand it.  I have had Fibro for over 11 years and this bursitis is not allowing me to get any sleep.  I have had one trigger point injection before and it helped a little, but I can't lay on either side for more than 10 min at a time.  Any suggestions?
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Dear all of you.  I have fibromyalgia.  I was born with a hip defect had surgery as a baby to fix it.  I have been bothered by Trochanteric Bursitis for years at different degrees.  I am encouraged to find out that I am not alone.  I have all 18 tender points.  The fatigue drives me crazy at times.  I take Elavil which really helps me sleep deeper.  I am taking Neurontin for the jumpy nerves, headaches and pain.  I use two body pillow to sleep around my body.  They help to keep the pain from the bursitis down.  I have had the injections and my doctor does not recommend the draining.  The reading I have done suggests the draining never works.  I also have osteoarthritis.  I have had it since I was 20.  Good luck everyone.
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Definitely.  Bursitis and I seem to be constant companions.
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I hope I am doing this right, I am commenting on the Fibro and Brusitis.

I was supposed to have surgery for Brusitis and bone spurs 4 years ago.  I chose not to do it because I am young and use mostly naturapathic/alternative medicine.  Now my shoulders are in constant pain though some days (like today) are far worse than others. Today I cannot reach across my body.  I am still not sure that I would have been a lot better off with the surgery, but am almost to the point that I would do anything to make this pain stop.  I don't sleep much, my arms go numb if I stay in one spot long.  
I train service dogs as a volunteer and one good tug on the leash and I am useless for days.  My hips are starting to degrade too. My left hip joint sticks and does not want to move at times. Knees are so swollen all of the time that kneeling is a really bad idea.  Unfortunately now I don't have health insurance and could not get help from an allopath.  Over the counter nsaids are the only medicine I can use.

However I can say that for natural relief, Epsom salt bathes are fantastic. Ginger root is a nice systemic ani-inflammatory.  Reiki and Tai chi and Yoga are all good for pain management. When you can move of course.  Even Acupuncture has shown good benefits.  

It is snowing in PDX today and I cannot go outside with my kids, the bad weather has caused my Fibro to flair and I am on the couch with a blanket.
I really only come to these boards when I need to commune with people that understand being this sick even though we don't look sick.  
Though I wish none of us had to go through this, it is nice to know we are not alone in our battle.  

Good luck everyone.  
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Yes Fibro and Bursitis are taking their toll. The cortisone injections have given me some great relief for shoulders, arms, neck and hips. They are not working for the ankle achille tendon area, Can barely walk without vicadon and yet still pain. The injections are always worth a try and I am terrified of needles. The pain from injections last 30 sec most it's worth it for the relief. Provigil has helped me with fatigue for many years but even that is waning. Good luck. Chris
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WOW I read your complaints and I see and feel your pain.I sleep with pellowa all around me for the same reason.they are just finding out I have bursitis along with my fibro.I did not know about people with fibro have great chance on having bursistis.you sound like me.I am having pt now for shoulder but after treatment I feel like a truck hit me and all I want to do is sleep.but its hard to sleep when I hurt.nights and when weather chanhges I have hard times.I don't like to go out in snow or cold it mmakes my body worse.I use epsin salt bath icy hot and cold packs and heat all the time.I started having all these problems after auto accident and after my son was born 2001 I was about 28 and I have never been my self scence.I always wonder if any one else has the same things I complain about. There is so much more areas that I have pain and sometimes pain will be weeks and then sometimes I end a few days then will be in anotherr area. Sleep is not good I don't sleep that much because I toss and turn all night after this happening for couple weeks then I pass out and u can't get me up. Then I tend to sleep sometimes in the day pain is there but less then night comes and watch out starts all over again.
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I have it really bad in my shoulders, and effects my arms and hands so bad that I can't move.  I use to not be able to lay on my hips at all, I mean horrific pain not more than 2 minutes and I would have to move.  I got this matters that is like the one with the wine won't spill when jumping on it.  Well I just got the one at walmart that is 2 inchs thick or so.  And now I can lay on my side its great live by it.  It doesn't help my back pain at all but I can lay on my side.  
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This week the cool weather gave me an horrible bursitis pain in my hip and also increased the pain all around my body caused by fibromyalgia. Had to have cortisone shot in my hip..couldn't take the pain anymore and not a single pill was able to give me any relief. Hoping the cortisone shot starts working ASAP.
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