Thought I'd give this old 2011 thread a bump and an update.
When summer of 2011 came, the pain got less. I stopped the predinisone and had almost no problems after that. I passed my clinicals, got two jobs, and did okay with my duties. Passed my drug screenings with no problems as well.
In the ensuing months I got the occasional twinge of pain in my hips, and just assumed it was the beginnings of arthritis (I am in my 40's after all). But those occasional twinges never amounted to much.
Then in the winter of 2012, the pain really came back with a vengeance. I was limping at work, fearing I would lose my job as a nursing assistant. Finally I got on the internet and read up on "hip pain." I was at first very biased toward assuming it was arthritis. But as I read further, the self-diagnosis of bursitis became much more likely. Specific details that I read about on bursitis web sites --such as the pain happening more on the outside of the hip instead of deep within-- were key in steering me more toward a self-diagnosis of bursitis.
At first I wanted to see what sort of medicines could stop bursitis pain. But then I changed the direction of my internet research and focused upon analyzing what bursitis truly is/means, and how it can be alleviated via natural methods.
I read that bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa tissues. So I decided I simply needed to get rid of the inflammation.
I started reading up on inflammation, what it is, how it is caused, and how to combat it. And while I at first thought I needed to concentrate on anti-inflammatory medications, I instead once again decided to see what sort of non-drug and totally natural methids I could uncover via researching anti-inflammatory foods. And after reviewing over a dozen web sites each claiming to have the ultimate list of bad foods and good foods when it came to inflammation, I finally compiled my own version of the two lists of foods: the no-no foods that cause inflammation, and the good foods that combat it.
Processed grains (especially wheat and corn)
Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants)
Most nuts, and especially almonds
Cruciferous vegetables, especially kale
Oily fish (but I hate fish, so I didn't bother with it)
Olive oil and Canola oil
So I went to the healthfood store, bought as much organic as I could from the parameters of the dietary tips I found on the web for inflammation, and started eating differently.
I figured if I ate a strict anti-inflammatory diet every day for a month, I'd probably feel maybe ... (I guessed) ... halfway better. Or maybe just a third of the way better.
It took just three days on this diet and I felt ten years younger. The pain was gone. The limping stopped. I had real energy again. I was thinking more clearly. All kinds of goofy little discomforts I had grown accustomed to over the years and which I imagined I just had to live with the rest of my life --discomforts having nothing to do with possible bursitis-- all suddenly evaporated. Poof.
I won't ever again let myself eat a big plate of spaghetti with all those nightshades, all that wheat, all that cheese, and all that red meat. While such a dish is perfectly healthy for most other people, it's now my worst nightmare. And I specifically recall that during the absolute worst bout with the bursitis that I underwent, I had made a huge batch the week before of homemade spaghetti sauce with ground beef and lots of veggies in it (including eggplant and peppers), and I was eating the leftovers for days and days, using it up by having pasta every single night. So I won't be making my own homemade pasta sauce again. Ever.
Sometimes I fall off the wagon and indulge in a milkshake or a nice pot roast. But when I break my diet, the hips start to hurt again with that familiar twinge.
So ... that's what happened. That was my experience. I beat the mother-effin pain via diet and not drugs.
No part of this thread is meant to be taken as medical advice. Just a report of my experience in wrangling with what might be bursitis.