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What is bursitis?

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. A bursa (the plural form is bursae) is a tiny fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. There are 160 bursae in the body. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

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Comment from: cat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I have bursitis in both hips and one shoulder. My doctor basically tells me most old people have it, too bad so sad, deal with it. It is worse at night so I am taking up to 20 aspirin at a time in order to get 3 hours sleep. It seems to me that people shouldn"t have to live with pain like this, but old people don"t matter.

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Comment from: Crossfitgirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I am a 36 year old avid cross fit athlete and train 4-5 days a week. A year ago I had bursitis in the right shoulder and went through Airrosti treatments; did not help. I decided I needed to get diagnostic testing to rule out tear, we did a steroid injection and the pain and tenderness subsided. I can do all overhead movements without pain and sleep and function without pain! I just had my left shoulder treated for bursitis and hope for same results. I have concluded that trying to sleep on my back decreases pain the morning. I know the bursitis is related to cross fit and if I stopped that would probably eliminate the injections but for now steroids were the way to go.

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