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

By Anonymous April 28, 2009 - 1:11pm
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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?

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Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Thanks so much for taking the time to tell us about your situation and let us know about chronic hip bursitis. Your post may very well end up helping someone who's been searching and searching for answers without success. If you're comfortable doing so I would also encourage you to write a "Share" for the site which tells us more about what you experienced and how this was diagnosed and treated. Be sure the term "Chronic Hip Bursitis" is in the headline. This would enable your information to be more easily found through search engines, would make the topic much easier to find on the EmpowHer site and would encourage others with this same condition to write in. Again thank you for writing and for your support of other women through your post.
Take care, Pat

April 19, 2010 - 5:27pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

Hi all - One of the causes of this type of pain is piriformis syndrome. You can read more about it here: https://www.empowher.com/community/share/how-i-have-dealt-piriformis-syndrome

Please keep us posted as you go through various treatments as it can help others.

April 8, 2010 - 5:21pm
EmpowHER Guest

hi,im a male,61,started having hip and shoulder pain 2007 december,only sleeping on side (compression),roll over ,started on that side,after a while then roll over and started again!,stopped in spring,started again october 2008,went away in spring started sept 2009 vicadin ibrupropen not much help,your problem is the closest to mine that i have came accros,i had i set of cordizone worked great for 2 months tryingto get 2nd round of shots but dr tried toradol didnt help!may get cortizone next!

April 8, 2010 - 6:57am
EmpowHER Guest

Look, I have had this pain and after seeking various medical advice I found no answer. I then started getting knee pain some months down the track. After then having knee surgery only to find out my gluteus maximus wasnt working properly. If your but isnt working while you are walking or running it puts pressure all around. Try and see a good exercise physiologist not a physio. Good Luck

April 7, 2010 - 7:44am
EmpowHER Guest

Found this site when i did a search for "hip pain worse at night." This is totally me - like many of the posters under this thread - mid 30s, 2 small kids, I'm in good shape - I'm a runner... I have this deep hip pain, worse at night on one side like in the middle of my gluteus maximus like one of the posters here... I also have a little bit of dull aching too. Here's my spin. I'm over 3 weeks late and continue to take negetive pg tests. My ob/gyn wasnt concerned and although didnt do an u/s said she'd only worry if I had excessive bleeding (I didn't mention the hip pain because I thought it was soreness after running a hilly 10K). Now I'm concerned this has something to do with my ovaries...found a ton on hip pain and ovarian cysts and cancer. Seeing my General Dr tomorrow...but until then, I'm really scared this is serious!!!

April 7, 2010 - 2:11am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Please let us know what you learned from your doctor's appointment, and if you have additional questions. It can be both confusing and frightening to try to review information online, and I hope your physician was able to address your concerns. Pat

April 8, 2010 - 5:19pm
EmpowHER Guest

Sounds just like me. Have been suffering with this for years. It does not seem as if I sleep at all anymore. I begain going to a pain management clinic and was put of Selvela, it has given me some relief, but still no diagnosis.

March 24, 2010 - 12:14am
EmpowHER Guest

Have you thought about possible inflammation of the piriformis muscle that impinges the sciatic nerve?

March 23, 2010 - 5:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

I've been suffering the same problem with hip pain waking me at night. It has gradually became worse over the last year or so. My GP refered me for an X-ray and Blood Tests. X-ray results came back yesterday and my GP has asked me to make appointment to discuss. I am seeing him on Mon 22nd Mar. Will let you know the results.

March 17, 2010 - 5:43am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon - I hope you get the information and answers at your appointment that will help you find relief from the pain. Please do let us know the results, and if you have questions after your appointment we'd be happy to help. Good luck! Pat

March 17, 2010 - 5:12pm
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