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bursitis everywhere

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item type
unpublished anecdote
source
Melinda Alltree, Vancouver
year
2007
month
Oct

The anecdote:

I’ve had hip pain for three years, strong enough to keep me from sleeping at times. Usually it’s on the side of the hip, but now it’s gravitated to the front of the hip, the top of the leg, and to the tail bone area. The diagnosis has always been “bursitis,” but I’ve started to wonder about that, especially now that it’s spreading — bursitis doesn’t spread, I don’t think! I’ve had steroid injections, extensive massage and chiropractic therapy, sessions with a movement educator, even intramuscular stimulation therapy, and nothing seems to work, and no one has ever challenged the diagnosis. It was when the doctor told me to set up an appointment with his receptionist to “rip out the bursa” that I knew it was time to seriously look for another explanation.

PainSci notes

I’ve had hip pain for three years, strong enough to keep me from sleeping at times. Usually it’s on the side of the hip, but now it’s gravitated to the front of the hip, the top of the leg, and to the tail bone area. The diagnosis has always been “bursitis,” but I’ve started to wonder about that, especially now that it’s spreading — bursitis doesn’t spread, I don’t think! I’ve had steroid injections, extensive massage and chiropractic therapy, sessions with a movement educator, even IMS [dry needling] therapy, and nothing seems to work, and no one has ever challenged the diagnosis. It was when the doctor told me to set up an appointment with his receptionist to “rip out the bursa” that I knew it was time to seriously look for another explanation.

~ Paul Ingraham, PainSci Publisher

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