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Hip pain - normal ageing or needs checking out?

(19 Posts)
ilovestrawberry Tue 06-Feb-18 22:18:33

My hips cease up when I’ve been sitting too long and can’t weight bear properly until I’ve got as far as the other side of the room. Really struggle to get out of a chair alone after more than say half an hour.

If I lie on my side in bed, I wake with the pain and can’t stand for a while, basically have to limp/crawl to the loo in the night.

I’m 38, generally healthy, could lose a stone or so but not particularly overweight, am moderately active. Is this just normal age and should I get on with it and stop moaning, or do I need to see a Dr or something?

Jon66 Tue 06-Feb-18 22:21:04

See your gp and maybe have some physio. I had pain so bad I could hardly walk and my physio sorted it, it took about 6 weeks of exercises every day.

Mumthedogsbeensick Tue 06-Feb-18 22:43:49

I'm having the same problem. I thought it may be our mattress but it happens when sitting as well. I'm 44 and could do with losing a bit of weight too. Dr Google suggests bursitis and I must admit the symptoms are very similar. Think we both better pop and see our GP!

acornsandnuts Tue 06-Feb-18 22:47:45

Have it checked. Sitting was the worst for me it driving, then walking. Mine gradually got worse and xrays showed FAI. Google it. Basically bumps on the bone. Surgery to shave it off sorted both hips out. You shouldn’t put up with pain.

ilovestrawberry Tue 06-Feb-18 22:50:57

I’m glad there are real things it could be! I imagined my GP saying “you’re nearly 40, of course things are going to start aching.”

theconstantinoplegardener Tue 06-Feb-18 22:54:22

How long has it been like this, OP? Have you had a slip or a fall recently? I don't think this is a normal part of ageing if you are only 38, no. But I recently had something similar after I slipped and twisted awkwardly. It came on very suddenly and I felt quite disabled for a few days (also having to crawl to the loo etc). I found that hot water bottles, ibuprofen and keeping active (but not running) seemed to help and it gradually got better (although I still can't run).

Gibble1 Tue 06-Feb-18 22:56:40

I’m 39 and tore the ligaments in my left hip 5 years ago. It hurts all the time now 😕

welshmist Tue 06-Feb-18 22:58:48

I go to the physio. he tells me when to go to the GP. You are far too young for aches and pains.

welshmist Tue 06-Feb-18 22:59:21

Forgot to ask have you had a baby?

AnoiaUnstickMyDrawers Tue 06-Feb-18 23:00:40

I have bursitis in my hips. It's agony when it flares up but if you are ok with anti inflammatories (I'm not) then I think it's reasonably simple to treat.

I just take prescribed painkillers and it makes it possible to move until it goes away.

AnoiaUnstickMyDrawers Tue 06-Feb-18 23:01:48

Oh, I'm 33. Diagnosed about 3-4yrs ago.

AliceLutherNeeMorgan Tue 06-Feb-18 23:06:52

I also have pain in one hip; very similar in that when I get up from sitting I can’t it put weight on it as it feels like it will collapse. It gets much worse with driving in particular,; I think because I tense that leg and lift it at the hip.

I do exercises for my hip flexor and take ibuprofen. I think it is age related mostly - I’m 46

ilovestrawberry Wed 07-Feb-18 07:21:03

DC are 8&12, natural births. No falls or injuries. Has been like this since last summer.

theconstantinoplegardener Wed 07-Feb-18 07:46:34

Oh well in that case I would go to the doctor. I'm sure there's something that can be done. You are far too young to be achy all the time!

MakeTeaNotWar Wed 07-Feb-18 07:49:30

I have had bursitis for 2 years. Have had 2 steroid injections which brought about 3 months of relief but it's flared up again and I'm in constant pain. I don't find physio helpful

springlike Wed 07-Feb-18 08:00:45

Watching this post with interest. I have lower back disc problems and hip pain on the same side. Take Nortriptyline for the back but the hip can be so painful, especially at night if I lie on that side. I was told about 3 years ago it was likely to be bursitis, was injected 3 times which was excruciating and didn't give much relief. Eventually an ultrasound showed there was no bursitis! Honestly, some nights are so painful and I'm still no closer to knowing what's wrong, apart from, it's probably because of your back. Hope you get some answers - I'm 5 years in now and still none the wiser!

Amber0685 Wed 07-Feb-18 08:05:29

You might have hip dysplasia, you can still have given birth naturally and have it. It is where the hip sockets are very shallow, and diagnosed by xray. Go to the gp.

bigbluebus Wed 07-Feb-18 08:05:35

I've had similar problems for a while but I'm 53 and assumed it was the menopause. I'm fine once i get going but getting up out of a chair after long periods sitting or getting out of bed makes me feel 80! I go to the gym 3 times a week and it doesn't get any better or worse.

FancyNewBeesly Wed 07-Feb-18 08:17:10

I’ve had this since I was about 30 - now 35 (have twins but only had them 18 months ago by emcs). GP isn’t interested - I was already diagnosed with ME so they’ve decided it’s fibromyalgia and that’s that. Some nights I get up and literally can’t walk to the bathroom without leaning on walls, bannisters etc. But my feet are also bad at night now too. Still no idea why really.

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