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Arthritis

Question
Posted by: Mike FitzGerald | 2018/12/09

Q.

Flair up

Why does my hip flare up at night in bed? I have suffered from sever Rhumatoid Arthritis over the years. I seem to have controlled this recently however it now effects me at night preventing sleep. Around 9pm daily?? Can you explain this please.

Expert's Reply

A.

Arthritis expert
- 2018/12/13

There are 2 possibilities.

The first is that you may have developed secondary osteo arthritis in the hip and this is usually more painful at night. If pain killers are not effective you may require surgery.
The second possibility is that you have a bursitis around the hip, in which case a cortisone injection at the site (greater trochanter) may provide dramatic relief.

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