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March 6th, 2010
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replied April 2nd, 2010
I am a 57 y/o male. Driving and sitting cause moderate to severe aching beginning in the left buttock, then progressing along the outside of the left thigh, then into the outside of the left lower leg. Standing and walking are the only way I can get relief when the pain comes. My doctor initially thought it was a herniated lumbar disc, but the MRI scan revealed nothing unusual. Now he''s thinking it is tendinitis and that it will eventually subside on its own. Ibuprofen has little effect. I''m still not convinced that this isn''t coming from my back, although I have no history of back problems. If I come up with any solutions I''ll post them.
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replied May 6th, 2011
Hi dennis2j and all you fellow sufferers. I've been dealing with exactly the same pain for over 6 years now with no one knowing what it was, especially doctors...boy are they useless some times.

I FIXED IT and let me tell you how.

I spend about 3 hours a day in my car and then do work on computers for another 8 hours. My pain slowly started as a skin pinching feeling on both of my outer thighs, eventually travelling down both buttocks. It's been freakin miserable from then on. I also have a deteriorated disk from heavy lifting so you can imagine the diagnosis I kept getting, along with the shots and pain medication. The problem was that the shots and medication helped my back tremendously (couldn't even tell I had back problems) but did very little for my hips.

I smoked for 20 years and drank quite a bit at times not to mention stopped doing any exercise. I started to feel as if my hip and buttock pain was more due to immobility and circulation so I bit the dust, quit smoking and bought one of those elliptical exercise machines. Every day for the past 6 weeks I have been doing very painful stretches to loosen my hips. I bet you can't set Indian style and lean forward, especially yoga style with your foot cocked in your leg? By starting a slow but deliberate routine I started noticing my pain disappearing. Now after 6 weeks I'm able to sit for hours with no pain. It is truly amazing because I thought I would have this ridiculous pain for the rest of my life.

Now I know it's not simple but it did work. Unfortunately as we get older it's crucial to keep limber with good cardio circulation. I'm almost 100% pain free and the work was well worth it. The only reason I’m writing this is because I told myself how appreciative I would be if anyone found the answer, so here it is.

If you’re interested I can tell you my entire routine. I used to be able to sit for no longer than 2 minutes without being uncomfortable. I can now sit the entire day without having problems.
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replied May 24th, 2011
please tell your routine
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replied May 26th, 2011
Amazing! We may have been separated at birth. I too worked in the computer industry for years: carrying large monitors and desktops on my shoulders resulted in lower back pain. I started excercising religiously to tighten up my lower back but the hip pain completely stopped my jogging routine. The pain radiated from my hip to my knee making it impossible. Needless to say the weight started to pile on which only made things worse. I found Glucosimine supplements helped quite a bit but a recent 300 mile drive cause all the pain to return again. I'm starting an exercise routine to try and relieve the pain but I'm afraid the wrong stretches could do more harm than good. I'd love to hear what your routine consists of.
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replied August 4th, 2011
Sitting Pain and Confused
Hello, I found your post to be the most helpful I have read and I have read quite a bit. I have been having sitting pain in my buttocks, upper thigh and outer hip areas for 6 months. Recently I have pain when I walk. I have been to several doctors and physical therapists. I have been diagnosed with medium osteoarthritis in both hips and a herniated disc L5/S1. I feel like my back is better but the hip areas are very tight. My latest PT says I may have labral tears in my hips. Just very confused on what my diagnosis is and how to improve.
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replied February 7th, 2012
This sounds like me, I am interested in your routine. Thank you.

Sylvia
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replied February 7th, 2012
This sounds like me, I am interested in your routine. Thank you.

Sylvia
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replied October 5th, 2012
Can you send or post your routine?
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replied December 22nd, 2012
can you email me your routine, thanks so much youve given me hope.
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replied March 7th, 2013
Please post the entire routine
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replied July 15th, 2013
I just read this and want to thank you Todd for giving me hope. I am on my knees in front of my computer since I can't even sit anymore without pain. I will force myself to follow your advice. I need relief so badly but can't afford a doctor.
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replied April 5th, 2010
pain when sitting
I have been having similar issues for about 14 years now. Several MRI''s, x-rays and doctors later, I have not gotten an answer to the problem. It is now to the point that I cannot have anything touching my right hip without it hurting. It laying on my side causes pain as well. The last round of x-rays showed a some lower disc problems. Perhaps this the issue.
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replied April 5th, 2010
Hip Pain Follow-up--Piriformis Syndrome?
Since my post last week, my doctor told me that my hip/leg pain might be piriformis syndrome. It makes sense--the piriformis muscle can impinge on the sciatic nerve just as a herniated disc might. Piriforms syndrome can strike runners, bikers, and rowers. Overpronation can be a big factor. The root cause in my case is probably the way I allow my leg to roll to the left when I drive. I am using a TENS unit when I drive and/or sit, and this really helps. I am also doing stretches specifically aimed at relieving the pressure.
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replied April 9th, 2010
Hi,
I am professionally a clerk having hip burning problem while sitting more than half an hour on any type of chair. This pain easily start especially while sitting on cushioned chair. If there is any solution please let me also know to how to cure this. I am very much frustrated due to this pain since last three years.
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replied April 24th, 2010
Hey ppl,

I''m a 28 year old male and had this problem for 4-5 years, recently, my younger sister began developing the same problem. I was able to resolve the problem but sometimes it comes back when I forget I ever had this burning hip pain and start going into bad habits again.

I hope the following will help some ppl. I am in no case a doctor or professional, I just draw from personal experience. I know it''s not funny to have this painful condition to persist, on and off for years - and no one knows what it is - draining all of your energy.

-You probably haven''t noticed, but when you sit down, you will probably put more bodyweight on the painful side when doing your regular "sitting activities" like typing etc. Try to be aware of this and change it accordingly.

-If you have different types of chairs available, switch through them and see if it helps.

-Things can get worse when you sleep, "train" your body to not make violent movements in your bed when changing sides etc. Do not stretch out either of your legs when the other one isn''t. This was very important to me and hard to relearn on how to sleep properly. Avoid excessive sleep.

-I tried lots of different stretching but it only made it worse for me, the only stretch that helped me was the regular forward stretch.

-Not sitting down so much, I guess some ppl just aren''t made for it. I lie down in a sofa while watching TV to evenly spread my weight across my body surface.

-No crazy stair climbing and uphill biking. Take it easy on those. While standing up from rest, stand up easy.

-Sugar intake worsens things for me, allot, same with alcohol. Drink water and eat healthy foods that contain natural anti-inflammatorys. Caffeine seemed good in the short run but is generally bad for me in the long run. Just eating more healthy helped allot for me.

-High repetition lower back work with a medium weight did wonders for me. I do alternating dumbbell deadlifts for up to a 100 reps total once a week or so. Squats aggrevated my hip pain allot and in general explosive hip movements. If your physical activity is very low you can try daily walking or going to the gym.

-You also might notice that the leg/hipside which has the pain is your dominant leg. Try to even out workload of daily tasks between both legs, don''t pick up things on the ground on one leg etc.

-Try to use both legs and arms equally throughout daily activities.

-Walking is okay but just don''t go crazy. Just in general don''t put to much force and stress on the painful side/leg. Don''t think that you can''t do any physical stuff anymore, you can do regular walking or light running and lift heavy stuff of the ground if you don''t do it to explosive.

-Try to identify personally, what makes it worse. And work around it, and try to figure out why it is making it worse. Usually in my case it''s because of to much force/stress on the bad side.

-I repeat again, don''t sit down so much or find a way to spread your body weight more evenly across your body surface, like "sitting" in a chaise longue with a laptop or iPad in your hands so you can still use your computer for long times if you like.

-I''ve had some doctors for this, none of which was able to help me. And I ignore to be helped by surgery / longtime med taking etc. I prefer to resort to more natural way of healing. Like listening to your body. Adapting.

-In my beliefs there isn''t a magical cure for this, just a gradual progression in or out of the hip pain/burning. When you do things that make it worse, you will get more and more pain eventually having problems completing daily tasks. When you do things right, and acknowledge you have some sort of sensitivity to this, things will start to go better for you until the point where you are pain free.
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replied May 5th, 2010
23 y/o male with same problem. but my job involves driving sometimes for up to 16hrs a day. so i have to get out of the vehicle when the pain becomes more annoying than it''s worth and do a few quick stretches...which in my opinion makes me look retarded. but the sometimes this helps and sometimes it doesn''t. i have noticed that if i let the pain continue for a long time the stretching doesn''t help. so the more often i stop to strecth the easier it is to relieve the pain. i have pain in both my hips. my hips seem to want to alternate on which one wants to hurt at which time. it has been going on for about 4-6 months now and that''s when i started working this job. so it''s definately sitting related that causes this type of pain. also my left hip pain seems to want to go down to my knee making every muscle on the outside of my leg hurt. it may be because i drive a manual. im looking into finding an automatic just because of this. i have noticed that my seat has a hump at the end of the seat (towards your feet). it was made this way and i think it has a lot to do with what causes this problem. i haven''t tried iceing (will try) or any type of medication (which i will refuse anyway) nor have i seen a doctor...and judging by all these posts before me it would seem that it would be pointless anyway. 2 years or more to heal means that the docs have NO IDEA what is wrong. anyway the stretching while it is hurting helps a lot for me but i have to get right back in the vehicle and it starts again...i need a different job lol. sorry i can''t give better advice than stretch when it hurts.
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replied May 5th, 2010
23 y/o male with same problem. but my job involves driving sometimes for up to 16hrs a day. so i have to get out of the vehicle when the pain becomes more annoying than it''s worth and do a few quick stretches...which in my opinion makes me look retarded. but the sometimes this helps and sometimes it doesn''t. i have noticed that if i let the pain continue for a long time the stretching doesn''t help. so the more often i stop to strecth the easier it is to relieve the pain. i have pain in both my hips. my hips seem to want to alternate on which one wants to hurt at which time. it has been going on for about 4-6 months now and that''s when i started working this job. so it''s definately sitting related that causes this type of pain. also my left hip pain seems to want to go down to my knee making every muscle on the outside of my leg hurt. it may be because i drive a manual. im looking into finding an automatic just because of this. i have noticed that my seat has a hump at the end of the seat (towards your feet). it was made this way and i think it has a lot to do with what causes this problem. i haven''t tried iceing (will try) or any type of medication (which i will refuse anyway) nor have i seen a doctor...and judging by all these posts before me it would seem that it would be pointless anyway. 2 years or more to heal means that the docs have NO IDEA what is wrong. anyway the stretching while it is hurting helps a lot for me but i have to get right back in the vehicle and it starts again...i need a different job lol. sorry i can''t give better advice than stretch when it hurts.
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replied May 13th, 2010
Run, Don't walk, to your Chiropractor.
I'm a 37 Yr old female, and I've had this happen twice-once when taking Yoga, and another time after extreme personal training sessions ended. A trip to the Chiropractor completely realigned me BOTH times! Id never ever seen a Chiropractor before, and know that the medical community tends to frown on them at times, but I truly got complete relief. Try a good adjustment-you'll be amazed how much this helps!
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replied July 17th, 2011
Hip pain after Yoga
The same thing happens to me after doing my daily yoga. I've tried to do side splits (for a 45-year old women!) and succeeded. Everyday I can't sit on an office chair and using my laptop for more than 20 minutes; the hip pain is too much to bear.

I'll look up a chiropractor in my area then.
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replied June 6th, 2010
After a 12hour drive my right hip and probably buttock felt really tired and tight, and I have had persistent pain ever since (April 6th)two months ago. I am 38 years old 6'3 185 pounds, slender build. Never had this type of problem before. I can't sit down for more than 8 or 10 minutes at a time before the pain starts. Please Help!
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replied June 9th, 2010
Hip Pain
HI,

I'm 56 and I've been having pain in my hips for a little over a year now. Had x-rays taken of my hips, but it didn't show anything. My doctor thinks it might be referred pain from my knees, so now I'm going for knee x-rays. My sister had a hip replacement a couple of years ago...but she's 13 years older than me. The pain is bad when I've been sitting for a while...when I get up I have to pause before I can walk and I hobble for the first 30 seconds and then it gets better...and after a minute or so I'm walking normally.
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replied June 9th, 2010
I am 46, been very active stay at home mom working out 4xs a week. My hip pain started about 2 months after starting a desk job. I also have a lot of popping sounds as I try to work out the pain. Over 8 month period I basically stopped working out, except for occassionally. Now I expereince pain after sitting for an hour or a car ride.

I am sure it's b/c I am losing muscle tone and I should lose weight (not that I've gained in 8 months but carrying an extra 20 lbs can't be good).

I also know that my spinal alignment is not great b/c I wear foot orthotics (my gait is incorrect)& a few years ago I had went to chiropractor for terrible back pain caused by exercise. My xray showed 1 hip 2 inches higher than other. Eventualy w/in 3 months + 8 chiro visits it felt better. I look forward to going back _ I think it will improve the situation.
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replied June 20th, 2010
Bilateral Hip Pain
I too have the bilateral hip pain . . I've had bursitis in the past, this is not bursitis. I am also having pain accross my lower back and have noticed atrophy of the right outer calf (just noticed it today). At any rate my edocrinologist thinks it's from a Vit D deficiency. He just upped mine from 50,000 iu's a week to 100,000iu's per week. Check out the info on symptoms caused by low levels of Vitamin D.
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replied July 7th, 2010
Some suggestions to all
I am not a physician:

I had a bursitis on my right hip in last three years. Considering side effect of steroid, I refused to injections or oral medications. Actually I did take medication for about one week, and then made me allergic to many types of food!!!! I tried some physical therapy (heat, sonic wave, and etc.) but they were not very helpful.

Accidently, my hip pain disappeared after much sweat. After several months, I took much exercise again and the pain came back. Then I tried some treatment including taking some herbs. All did not work. The second time, the pain disappeared again after much sweat accidently.

I read many literature, and think that sweat (actually internal heat) may be helpful to bursitis. Please read literature "Hyperthermina", although most of its use is for treatment of some cancers. If you do not have these type of medical devices, I suggest to "take a sonna bath" or just do some exercise (work) to sweat much. PLEASE NOT USE YOUR HIP (where my bursitis occur), OTHERISE IT WILL MAKE IT WORSE.

AGAIN, I AM NOT A PHYSICIAN.
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replied August 9th, 2010
sharp pain in hip when sitting
I too have a sharp stabbing pain in my left buttock when I'm sitting. On the couch, in a chair, while driving and sometimes in bed.

I'm intrigued that everyone notes it is their LEFT hip. That can't be coincidental.
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replied August 16th, 2010
Pain in hip when sitting
Me, too, left hip, when sitting or laying on left side. I had an attack of sciatic pain about a year ago and the pain inside my hip feels very similar to where the pain began in sciatica. Stretching by getting on my knees and sitting back on my feet while leaning forward with arms overhead seemed to get me through that attack so I will try this again though it took a while to help. I do believe it is a nerve pinch. I hope the stretching will help again and maybe help some of you.
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replied September 1st, 2010
You all need to try PRI therapy! I am a physical therapist and it sounds like your pelvis is not aligned! Look up Postural Restoration Institute. I do not do PRI at my practice but I did an clinical with a therapist that did these techniques and they worked fore everyone I saw there!
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replied September 2nd, 2010
Hip pain because of sitting on the floor...
I am 59 year female, having this hip pain on the outer side of the left side. I cannot sleep on my left side and sitting on the floor kills me! We Indians prefer to sit on the floor as it is very common practice in every household. Coming to USA and working as a cashier and than as a computer technician spent hours working at the counter and never thought that I am gradually loosing my muscle capacity to sit down.
Now that I am not working and I am home with my grand kids, it is very natural for me to sit on the floor to play with them. Ohhh...what a sorry feeling!
I hope there is some exercise that could help releasing this pain. I had a corti. shot for my left shoulder and the doctor said it might help in my hip pain too. It did for a while but not much. The pain is back and I can not sit on the floor even for more than 10 minutes at a stretch. Do I have to accept this as a gift of growing age???
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replied September 18th, 2010
hot hip pain
This same hot pain happens to me in my right hip when sitting for more than 15 mins, and when I pull my knee close to the center of my chest, but not when I pull it to the side, though I can sleep on my side. From what I can tell, it might be from a tight psoas muscle, from overuse and not enough stretching. I also have a larger than normal curve to my lower back from this.

It seems to help to flex my hip forward while standing and put my pained leg slightly back, or by kneeling on the side of the pain, with the other knee up (foot on the ground) and pushing my hip forward and up while flexing my butt.

lots of youtube vids on stretching the psoas.

hope that helps.
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replied September 24th, 2010
Hip Pain lasting 2 years - no relief in sight
I stumbled across this thread today. I'm so happy to have found it, thinking I was alone in my misery. I'm a 42 year old female and have been experiencing this hip pain for 2 years. It began on a 4-day road trip where I was sitting for up to 8 hours in a vehicle. I'd have to stop and stand up for awhile to make it go away. It would disappear for several weeks but then would flare up again, each time getting more painful and lasting longer than the last. Now it hurts all the time during sitting, bending, sleeping. The only time I find relief is when I stand. Even tying my shoes or bending over to pick something off the floor kills me. I just came back from a hiking trip in Glacier National Park and I did just fine on all the hikes, but the second I sat or laid down to rest I was in excruciating pain. I can't even sit in a car for a few minutes. I've tried all combinations of Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, Aspirin. The pharmacist can't recommend anything. I just got married last year and we missed the open enrollment period and have to wait 4 more months to sign up so I can't even see a doctor until then. This is the most pain I've ever been in, it saps my energy, makes me crabby, and exacerbates any other discomfort I feel. My poor new husband has to put up with me like this. I work in front of a computer so I have to sit alot. I am also an organic farmer so I'm physically fit and active, and I eat healthfully.
I have done much research into this and also have found some small relief from an exercise called the "piriformus stretch". Google it and try it. When I am out in the garden, bending over harvesting veggies, I will stop and lay down right where I am and stretch. Many times it helps greatly but hasn't been the cure-all. Changing position often while sitting helps, also sitting with my knees lower than my hips or sitting on my knees on the floor is ok until my legs fall asleep LOL Does anyone remember those funny "computer chairs" that came out years ago that positioned your body like you were sitting on your knees? they didn't have a back to the chair, and instead were tilted slightly forward had pads in front like kneelers? I'd LOVE to find one of those! Smile
It is very discouraging, to say the least, that these posts span several years and no one has actually found practical relief from this.
I'm going to try a chiropractor first. Last thing I want is for some well-meaning doctor to start prescribing all kinds of pain medication and muscle relaxers because they don't know what's wrong with me.
Thanks for the rant Smile I feel better....well, almost.
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