Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

Hip pain in middle of the night; dull ache that wakes me up. What could it be?

By Anonymous April 28, 2009 - 1:11pm
Rate This

I am in my mid-30s, and have recently been having pain in my hips in the middle of the night. It reminds me of the RLS (restless leg syndrome) commercials, although I do not have any of these symptoms (no needle-sensation, no crawling-sensation). It is a dull ache, and I try to move my hips and legs around to get rid of the pain (it feels like it is deep inside, not a muscle or bone), but moving it seems to irritate it a little more. It is actually not on my hip bone, but closer to the middle of my "gluteus maximus" on each side. It's been happening the past few weeks, always around 2am or 3am and wakes me up.

I've been taking some ibuprofen, and eventually falling back asleep, but would rather not have to keep taking medication.

When I was pregnant with my child 3 years ago, I had a real problem with my sciatic (spelling?) nerve in my hips. Feels similar, but not the same.

Any suggestions?

Add a Comment225 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

After reading all post I think that the hip pain is happening mainly to:
1. Women in their 30-45
2. After or during pregnancy
Uit there are also exceptions.

I started experiencing the pain in the hip during the pregnancy. Since then it never stopped. It continued to the other hip and also upper back. The pain is only in the morning only 3-4times per week. I have looked everywhere for solution but found nothing. The is one interesting fact that I connect these pains with.

During pregnancy the body changes also because of different hormon
activity happening. Ater pregnancy the body is left in the state as it is but are we aware of the hormonal balance after pregnancy? Do you experience any differencies compared prior to pregancy?

I do:
Hip and upper back pain as I wake up- horrible pain, never had it before pregnancy
Tender breasts before the menstrual period-never had it before, never had any PMS
Different menstruation pattern
Smaller breast size

I have always been active, no weight problems, I eat a healthy diet....

Hormonal balance is usually terated only with prescribing estrogene but there are other hormones in our body as well and ALL should bein balance.
Please, let me know your view on this.

December 4, 2011 - 8:31am
EmpowHER Guest

I am a male 41 and suffering the same. Deep hip aching at night wakes me up and forces me to turn over, then same other side.
I am curious, as i have a property i often find myself sitting on a ride on or tractor or even long journeys in a car, when i get out of seat its like my hips don't work properly and takes a few seconds for blood to return and then legs start to work. Legs want to move hips don't. I am fit and exercise, i do consume a fair amount of salt, could this be the problem?? Any more suggestions would be appreciated.

November 26, 2011 - 2:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have had a similar pain in my right hip only when I sleep at night, too. I'm 38 and have experienced this pain for approx. 6 months. Until recently, it's felt like the tendons/muscles on my right side were being stretched to the max. Now, I just feel pain inside the muscle at the bone. I went to a physical therapist a month ago, who told me that I have Bursitis. Even though I was going to PT for my back, she alternated between working on my back and my hip. Some nights I didn't feel the pain and some nights I did. Overall, I would say PT didn't work for me.

Last night was the worst night ever for me - pain-wise. I barely slept. Today I finally looked up Bursitis and made an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon. I encourage everyone to look into Bursitis as a possible explanation for your (hip) pain.

November 9, 2011 - 8:14pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

A few things to add to my above post. I'm active (walking, stretching & bicycling) - thin with a growing belly - I am 4 mos. pregnant. (The hip pain began a couple months prior to my pregnancy.) I've been managing my pain by lying on back and opposite side, but over the past week, every position hurts. (I know I'm not supposed to lie on my back, but I'm desperate to sleep.) And I took a Tylenol last night and it worked for about 4 hours.
Again, I encourage everyone to see an Orthopedist and ask about Bursitis. For all of us to have such similar pain and for majority to be in their 30s, I don't think it's about us simply getting older.

November 9, 2011 - 8:30pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have a lot of hip pain in the night too. It is not a problem when I'm sleeping alone because I can change positions when it starts to ache.
The problem is when my boyfriend sleeps over and I'm forced to lay straight all night long, with fewer position changes or "spoon" with him and his weight is leaning on my backside. It's so bad sometimes in the morning that it feels like the hip won't support me for a couple of hours.
I guess we're going to have to sleep in separate beds like they did in the 50's. He says that if that's the case, why be together at all.
I'll probably be single pretty soon.................... I'd rather be "pain free & single" than be a cripple with a "good man".

November 6, 2011 - 5:51pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Wow, I'm sorry your boyfriend is unsympathetic to your pain. You deserve care when you are hurting.

May 17, 2012 - 11:55am
EmpowHER Guest

I am 44 and have experienced lower back and hip pain only during sleep. After about 2 years it has finally been minimal. I see a massage therapist about once every month and a half. Also sleeping with a pillow between my legs has helped alot. I don't have the money to buy a new mattress mine is firm and relatively new. Both the deep tissue massages and the pillow have helped to where I rarely wake up to pain.

September 1, 2011 - 11:51am
EmpowHER Guest

i have the same problem this pain sometimes makes me feel crippled and i dont know what to do about it. i have had five children and have found the pain to be worse now.. im 34. sometimes i feel a weakness and my leg will just fall out from under me from the hip.. my 3 month old baby is large and wants to be carried a lot and this makes the hip pain horrendous.. i hope i can find something soothing and helpful in this thread.. seems to be related to having had babies from what i have read so far but my doctor wasnt helpful about it.. maybe i will take the advice here and go to a chiro

August 31, 2011 - 3:43am
EmpowHER Guest

I have been having these same symptoms, and as time goes by it seems to get worse. The deep pain is within both hips, and bothers me the ENTIRE day but began only to bother me at night. It has now prevented me from sleeping in my bed, and I have a hard time sitting in one place for a period of time. I'm always fidgeting, and only move to try and alIeviate the pain and discomfort. Sleeping on the floor seems to help with the discomfort to allow me to sleep. I'm a active person; enjoy working out, and of an average build.
Just recently I started taking glucosamine chondroitin, flax seed oil, Coenzyme Q10, and an iron supplement (due to my anemia). I haven't found any of these supplements to change anything yet, and Ibuprofren/Aspirin don't seem to help either.
I have not seen a doctor yet, but have begun doing more research on this. I'm thinking with all of the posts on this that an appointment with my doctor is needed.
Could it be Bursitis, Arthritis???? I need this to go away as I do enjoy being active, and don't want to have to change that. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Ughhhhh!

August 17, 2011 - 11:36am
EmpowHER Guest

can acupuncture help in making it a more manageable condition?

August 5, 2011 - 12:28am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.


Get Email Updates

Sciatica Guide


Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!