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Comment from: Sandra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had two total knee replacements on my left knee within 2 years of each one. My left knee is stuck in the bend due to scar tissue. I cannot extend it. So it has affected my right hip due to more pressure on the right side. I am in terrible pain from bursitis. At night I do not sleep, it is so bad. Muscle rubs, ice, pain pills, nothing helps! I receive cortisone shots but it’s just a Band-Aid. I need a doctor to remove this bursitis growth. I am severely depressed and work part time. I am 46 and life is nothing but pain.

Comment from: charles, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I get bursitis in my right shoulder. Motrin and ice is how I treat it. My doctor told me to let it hang limply at me side as much as possible to let it ease back into place when the swelling goes down. I am right handed.

Comment from: tigerlily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I use an ACE knee band that has Velcro strap and a hard center and put it on tight and sometimes it takes a couple of times using it. But when my bursitis flares up I can barely walk, until I have used the strap for a while. I also had the side of the foot broke the same side the knee pain is.

Comment from: Painting, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

On October 3 I elected to have my left knee totally replaced. Much pain with any movement of the knee and lower physical abilities made this necessary. Approximately 2 years prior I had the right knee totally replaced due to old injuries, arthritis and loss of mobility. I had no problems and at 3 weeks post operation I was able to resume normal activities. This knee was different, more time, damage and arthritis caused a harder repair. At 2 plus weeks when the staples were removed I felt the bursa (hot tender spot) on the interior side of my left knee. With a new joint just getting to work I disregarded the pain and hot area as part of the healing. I have undergone physical therapy starting at 3 weeks post operation. At approximately 4 weeks I mentioned the hot spot and the pain to therapist, and we discussed and reviewed my exercises. I continued therapy 3 times a week, building strength and more flexibility. I felt the 'spot' was causing all the pain and no letup came with any activity. Two weeks ago I elected to return to surgeon for follow up from surgery and to discuss this spot. We did a cortisone injection and I got some good relief from bursitis. I am currently 8 weeks post operation, can flex at 110 to 114 without help, but the bursitis is still my only limiting pain. Today we did an injection in a different area of the ligament as the doctor could feel medial ligament and is sure this will give relief. I plan to rest, ice and gently exercise the joint and return to therapy on Tuesday (5 days from now). If I do not get relief doctor had advised to contact him for follow up and see what the next step is. I have faith in this doctor and in the therapist to get me through this issue. OTC pain medications are sufficient to hold pain down for now.

Comment from: Jackie, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 08

It started with bilateral trochanter pain 6 months ago. I tried ice and ibuprofen. I was still in pain. Now, both ischial tuberosities (sitting bones) have started hurting fiercely. I am on ice and ibuprofen at another site. I have no injury or repetitive issues. I am 57 and already have had chronic pain from degenerative disk disease in the neck. I don't know how many more pains I can deal with. I have an appointment with the orthopedist, and am considering seeing a rheumatologist.

Comment from: Doug, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I had an injection for bursitis on the 12th and a week later I can barely take a step without excruciating pain. I’ve tried ice and heat, and nothing is working.

Comment from: SylviaC., 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I am an 83 year old female, married to an 82 year old man for over 45 years. I live quietly and am able to do my own housework, shopping, etc., and until I was diagnosed with bursitis of the left hip, which is painful and also affects my left leg, I exercised daily for an hour. I am taking hydrocodone/acetaminophen 7.5 for the pain but it does not help much. I am beginning to feel depressed as nobody is able to tell me when the pain and inability to walk pain free will stop.

Comment from: JP, Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I have pain in the right sitting bone because of bursitis, more so when sitting. I have suffered from gout in the past and take allopurinol daily.


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