Hip Joint Pain
Is This Caused by Fibromyalgia?
Hip joint pain can be caused by many things, but this is a very common symptom for people with fibromyalgia. It's also an especially sensitive area when doctors are performing a
fibromyalgia tender points
examination to help solidify their diagnosis. These areas can be extremely sore to the touch.
A common location where this pain is felt is in the left and right upper quadrant of the buttocks, and the sides of the hips; right at the joint. Problems in these areas can sometimes make it extremely difficult to walk, and can also be attributed to lack of sleep due to the level of discomfort it can cause while lying down.
Many experts have found that women experience hip joint pain substantially more than men. The reasons for this are unknown, but many believe that this is because women have broader hips which puts the legs at a different angle. This can put more stress on these specific areas including the knees.
Others also suggest that its due to hormonal changes and weight gain during pregnancy which can add to bone density and chronic hip pain issues as well.
These in combination with the other proposed
of fibromyalgia such as lack of nutrients, calcium phosphate build up or an overactive immune system, creates an environment where many will experience severe discomfort in these areas.
According to Dr R Paul St Amand author of the
"What your doctor may not tell you about fibromyalgia", this disease is a precursor to osteoarthritis.
He concludes that prolonged accumulation of calcium phosphate deposits in joints and muscle tissue begin to causes the nerve endings to be hit, which then leads to many of the dreaded symptoms of fibromyalgia including hip joint pain. When these deposits begin to calcify, this can lead to cartilage deterioration and ultimately painful joint damage.
Maps Tell The Story
If you look at the body maps of my mother and me on the
page, you'll see that a large percentage of this accumulation takes place in the hips and upper buttocks as I've previously described. You'll also see other commonly mapped areas such as the elbows, legs and back that you may also be experiencing pain in as well. You can come to your own conclusions, but to me, it seems very apparent as to why people diagnosed with fibromyalgia experience chronic hip pain.
If you've already been
with fibromyalgia, but have received very little results with your treatment program, there are extremely effective
like guaifenesin that have literally given me and others I know our lives back.
With a combination of these, and a little
suggestions, you'll begin this transformation immediately. I highly recommend you investigate them further.
If you haven't received a diagnosis yet, and are experiencing hip joint pain and other symptoms such as morning stiffness, chronic fatigue and irritability, you may want to discuss fibromyalgia as a possible cause with your doctor. These symptoms may be caused by something else, so once basic tests rule out any immediate issues, they may consider this as a final diagnosis.
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