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What are bursitis symptoms and signs?

The symptoms of bursitis are directly related to the degree of inflammation present in the bursa and the location of the bursa involved. The inflamed bursa can cause localized pain and tenderness. If the bursa is so inflamed that swelling occurs, it can cause local swelling and stiffness, sometimes associated with local redness and warmth. The inflammation can make it painful to support body pressure. For example, hip bursitis can make it difficult to lay on the affected side of the hip. As another example, bursitis of the inner knee (anserine bursitis) can make it painful to lie with the knees touching each other.

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Comment from: nessa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I have pain on one side of my right hip, down the buttocks, and down the back of my thigh. Severe pain keeps me awake at night. Recently, I went to the doctor, who gave me a cortisone injection in that hip. After about 24 hours, I started to feel the medicine working more and my hip was starting to feel better. I could get up and down the stairs better. I also found myself sleeping a bit better.

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Comment from: amelie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

About 5 months ago the back of my left shoulder started to get sore. I work in a mill and being a welder operator is very repetitious. Months go by and I have tried icy hot patches, ibuprofen, hot and cold compresses, and massage. Now I have shooting pain up the left side of my neck and down my arm. My pinky and legs are numb. I had an MRI and some X-rays, all of which are normal. I'm in such horrible pain and it's frustrating not to have a diagnosis. I need to get better so I can go back to work. I'm waiting for a referral to a neurologist.

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