I was diagnosed about 6 months ago - after several false diagnoses. (One doctor told me I just use my hands too much at work.) I don't get the pain in my hips every month, but about every 3rd month and it's only been going on for about the last 9 mos. or year. My rheumy doesn't think it's related at all, but it started about the time I noticed the pain in my hands just wasn't going away anymore.