How My Mom, Joanne is Dealing with Her Bursitis

Many of you know that in November 2020, I relocated Restorsea and myself to Houston, TX to live with my mom, Joanne.

She turned 90 last March. Interestingly, the transition from 89 to 90 has been very difficult for her physically. She has been experiencing issues with bursitis. Her pain level on a scale from 1-10 in her words, “is a 13.”

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones, tendons, joints, and muscles. When these sacs become inflamed, they can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected area. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, or heel.

My mom is very frustrated because the only comfortable position is laying down. Her mobility is severely restricted. Her pain is affecting her posture as well.

The first step was to see her primary care physician, Dr. Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed prescribed an x-ray of the hip to figure out where to do the steroid injection and an MRI to check for arthritis. The MRI showed inflammation of the bursa but no arthritis. Dr. Ahmed did the injection and prescribed physical therapy.

After a month, my mom’s pain level had not improved so she recommended my mom see Dr. Grover who is a pain management doctor.

We saw him last week. While he read my mom’s hip X-Ray and MRI, he thinks the issue may be more widespread.

His short-term plan is to:
  1. Prescribe pain killers. She is on Tramadol and Meloxicam. She said that while these are better than Advil and Extra Strength Tylenol, her pain level “is a 9.”
  2. Inject the hip under X-ray with lidocaine and a steroid.
  3. Authorize an MRI of her back.

The purpose of communicating this is to remind you to take care of yourself. If you are experiencing pain, it is better to consult with a physician sooner than later. My mom’s bursitis is from decades of working out. While this has kept her mentally and physically fit, it was a lot of wear and tear on her body. I think if we are aware of issues like bursitis it will help with our aging process.

We only have one mind and one body.

XOX, Patti