NSAIDS are the drugs of choice with osteoarthritis. Have you tried taking glucosamine? Icing an inflammed joint sometimes helps. Sometimes its heat, that's a matter of trying and finding out. Opiates are used if nothing else helps. Sometimes a hip replacement is the only answer.
Hi georgemg ~
How bad is your hip??? Have you been given a "degree" yet for level of deterioration? I am wondering if a cortisone injection would work for a bit. I have had those before. I finally had to get a full hip replacement which is what I am recovering from now... mine was done Feb. 21 of this year. I was told I had "end stage" osteoarthritis and that was the end of that. Hip replacement was the only option that was going to take care of the pain through my groin and radiating down into my knee. That is now gone so I feel a lot better. Now I have to fully recover because the other hip is already at the "severe" stage and not getting better so it will be done around Feb. of next year.
So, cortisone injection could relieve some pain. I didn't have any luck with the anti-inflammatory meds BUT you might. I just don't know how bad your hip is. Mobic had been prescribed for me before it was determined I actually needed a hip replacement.
I hope this has helped you and please provide a bit more information if you can.
Hi, long term Glucosamine and Chondroitin(sp?) are excellent for arthritis/osteoarthritis if that is what you have? As Kaismama has said, NSAIDs are commonly used for hip/joint pain. My father recently had a hip replacement, but before this was done, he saw a physiotherapist who gave him exercises to do at home every day. Keeping as active as possible will help. Also hydrotherapy can be very helpful.
Hello georgem, & welcome to the site. I can totally relate to your pain as I have severe osteoarthritis in every joint in my body (yes every). I also have severe osetoporosis of which I take Forteo shots to build up the bone. These two diseases usually go hand in hand, but doesn't necessarily mean you have both, just curious.I find heat works best for me, but they reccomend just 20 minutes at a time, & alternate between heat & ice. I personally can't stand the ice, so I live on a heating pad. A cortisone shot may give you great relief as suggested, but if you are in so much pain it is affecting your ability to get around, you may be looking at a hip replacement sooner than later. As the other Mary stated, it's kind of scarey, but no more pain? What more could you ask for. Sounds like a plan if all else fails. I would opt for a body trans- plant if I could, but unfortunately that's not in the works yet! I wish you the best...
What does your doctor suggest? People can write novels about what works for them, but we don't have a crystal ball to see your DX. What some people are suggesting could be very detrimental to your condition, and make you look like an idiot, drug seeking person to your doctor! Do you have arthritis and if what kind? Is it muscle spams from your back, and if so, what is wrong with your back? I hope that you understand why I am questioning you like this, because this is not site to take the place of a doctor who actually knows what is wrong with you. People could be giving you advice about what works for them, that could actually hurt you! If you are looking for medication suggestions, again start with your doctor, and then ask from there. If you read the rules for the question, it does say "add as MUCH detail as possible". Your question is very vague.
Best of luck to you, and please add details!!
Hi, I had horrible pain in my left hip and last November I had my first injection of steroids into the joint, I was about a nine out of 10 before the injection and I had no pain after. This lasted for 2 months and then I was in a lot of pain again, the doctor wanted to do surgery to look into the joint but I wasn't keen on that and wanted to give the injection again. I had both hips done this time last month, and so far no pain in the right but small amount in the left. There was another medication suggested by the doctor which she said could be done with the steroid one but my insurance rejected it because it is only FDA approved for the knee joint not the hips, it is called Synvisc it has done wonders for knee pain. You might want to ask if anyone has had this medication given to them and what the results were, because if your pain is so intense it might be worth having to pay out of pocket and give this drug a try.
just a thought, but always remember drugs can act differently from one person to another only you can make the choice as to weather you want to try the drug. Hope this helps a little, Liz.
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