Diagnosis: Minimal Fluid In Hip Joint. Can This Be Cured? Pain Terrible When Standing Or Walking.

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Asked by Mrs. N.

Diagnosis: Minimal Fluid In Hip Joint. Can This Be Cured? Pain Terrible When Standing Or Walking.

Pain for 3 months. Pain sometimes unbearable, searing w/numbness and tingling. Dr. tried cortisone injections. MRI just done revealing minimal fluid in hip joint. Is there anything that can help this? Pain pills useless. Sitting or laying down give relief.

Back surgery 20 years ago, back always a problem, cervical surgery 4 years ago. Pain is always thought to be from back problems.

Fentnyl recommended but patient reluctant to take this.

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Has the doctor drained any of the fluid off to test for inflammation or infection? You don't say what kind of pain pills have been tried. Usually this is treated first with anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Of course, if there is any bacteria in the fluid, antibiotics would also be used.

Here's a link to more information, including instructions for rehabilitation exercises -; however, be sure to get the doctor's permission before beginning any exercises:

http://www.sportnetdoc.com/injury/05-09.htm

Fentanyl is a pretty strong opioid pain reliever. It's usually administered in the form of a transdermal patch. If other opioids have been tried but are not working, then fentanyl may be a good option, but I wouldn't start off taking fentanyl unless the patient has already built up an opioid tolerance.