Rheumatology (including Arthritis)/Arthritis of hip

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I have arthritis of my right hip with pain in the right groin. I recently started having severe pain in my butt where I can't sit for any length of time. I went to my orthopedic who said it was my SI joint and has given my a shot in both joints. Now he says it is arthritis of my hip with pain in the buttock. Is there anything I can do on my own, vitamins, food, etc. rather then going to another doctor for more shots or surgery. I'm a 62 year old female. I've had two spinal surgeries, 3 shoulder surgeries, neck surgery. I really don't want any more.

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

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I've been taking glucosamine/chondroitin on the advice of the orthopedic doc who diagnosed my hip arthritis for many years and do notice a difference when I'm not on it. It's pretty subtle but helpful for me. I walk (two dogs) most days of the week and though it can be challenging off and on overall it has seemed to improve the use of the joints. Hip joints are weight bearing, so if you're carrying any extra weight, it would help to lose it. I know this is a difficult challenge - I'm overweight myself and always working on it. Posture is important, too. I catch myself all the time in bad positions that I know will hurt me later. These all seem pretty simplistic but I hope they strike a chord with you.

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Amelia Black

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I can answer questions about systemic scleroderma and live and internet resources to help you cope with this disease. I have personal experience with scleroderma, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and Sjogren's Syndrome.

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I am a systemic scleroderma patient (20 years) and have been active in support online for nearly the same amount of time. I proposed the Usenet newsgroup alt.support.scleroderma and own the website ihavescleroderma.com.

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I am a volunteer for the Scleroderma Foundation, Ohio Chapter.

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Arthritis Today, Sept 1997, "A guide to the internet" (Amelia Yaussy)

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Volunteer of the Year, Scleroderma Foundation, 2004; Advocacy Appreciation Award, Scleroderma Foundation, 2005

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