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Bursitis in hip, difficulty in standing for long, pain in thigh and shin. Taken steroid, taking ibuprofen, hydrocodone, stretching exercise, compresses. What could be going wrong?

I am a female 65 yrs old.I had bursitis in my left hip. Had a steroid injection and took oxaprozin . After a week got releif, then I got it in my right hip. A week ago had a steroid injection and have been taking otc store brand ibuprofen and when the pain becomes severe I m taking hydrocodone(left over from a broken wrist). i have been doing some stretching and a few household chores but the pain gets so intense I can t stand for very long, while the pain is not as bad as a week ago I still have pain in my theigh and my shin. i have been resting on the couch with ice/heat and that helps until bedtime then it gets worse. What am I doing wrong, what can I take for some releif and how much longer should this last.
Asked On : Sun, 17 Jun 2012
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after a steroid injection for bursitis the pain is often worse for a week or two before it settles down. when the pain is more severe following a steroid injection this paradoxically in my experience often means that the injection is more successful in the long term of relieving the symptoms, so hang in there it should get better. make sure you don't have any redness or swelling in your thigh consistent with a cellulitis as a result of the injection as this might require antibiotic treatment.
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