Alternative Medicine/Trochanteric bursitis


I am currently suffering from bursitis in the hips and right shoulder.   As a diabetic I take Metformin and Insulin and also Sevikar for hypertension.
Would these medications increase the problem of muscular pain ?
I take Curcumin and fish oil and Ibobrufen for pain relief though the doctor would prefer me not to as it interferes with the Sevikar.    
I note your comment about low potassium and magnesium.  I do take magnesium to avoid cramps.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.
I am seeing a physio who has recommended sundry exercises.
Thank you for your advice.
Gillian Sydney-Smith

Hi Gillian
Metformin has a record of reducing some of the inflammation in the body, as it aids in keeping blood sugars low.  Hyperglycaemia promotes inflammation.
As a natural therapist I cannot recommend the use of Ibuprofen and recommend a detailed health assessment by a naturopath.  Curcumin can be very effective, as can fish oil, but not all are created equal in terms of efficacy, absorption, active compounds and so on.
An osteopath may have a more holistic view of underlying factors, though shoulder problems do tend to be higher in diabetics.
Have you succeeded to achieve a healthy body weight?
Kind regards

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