The Greater Trochanter

Hey there. I know that it’s been a while since I last wrote anything here. I still have unanswered comments from my last post. Oops.

Life has been interesting lately. Ups and downs, good days and lousy, shit days.

But I’m still here! Yay for me. I just take it a day at a time…I think that’s how most of us feel right now.

I’ve been crafting, watching TV (I’m on a Manson kick lately) and gaining weight.


I went to see my doctor yesterday. I had to wear a mask and before they’d let me go back, I had to get my temp taken. No fever or Covid symptoms.

I’ve gained about 10 pounds since my last in-person visit in February. My A1C is slightly raised (I blame chocolate, pizza and quarantine.)

But the real reason that I went to see my doc yesterday instead of just doing a telehealth video appointment:

I needed bloodwork done.

My fucking left hip is whacked out.

The most common cause of snapping hip syndrome is when the iliotibial band (or “IT band”) snaps over the greater trochanter (the bony prominence over the outside of the hip joint). If this is the cause of a snapping hip, patients may develop hip bursitis from the irritation of the bursa in this region.


Those sure are some fancy words, eh?

The Greater Trochanter! Well, shit…just call me a pickle and serve me next to a corned beef sandwich!

The greater trochanter is connected to the ass bone…

It sort of sounds like a band name from the late ’60s.

So now I have a referral to a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor. The official diagnosis is hip bursitis.

Son of a bitch.

I’ve had to use a cane off and on since mid-June. I thought I had a partial dislocation of the actual hip bone. The issue occurred when I was at my brother’s house. I was silly enough to climb up and then sit on a wooden bar stool for quite some time.

I was wrong, though. When I got down from the stool, the damage had already been done.

I was in excruciating pain for the following 5 days until I laid on my back in bed. I woke up that morning, miserable as hell. I arched my lower back, then felt (and heard) a popping sound.

Instant relief because that IT band went back to where it belonged.

But now I have bursitis, which is an inflammation of the bursa sack. (It’s what lubes the joint or whatever.)

At least I got an actual diagnosis. Plus, it can be treated and there’s some hope.

My birthday is a week from today. I’ll be 46 and I’m hoping to write a list post of 46 things that I’d like to do just one more time. We’ll see if I can come up with that many!

On the 22nd, I’ll be leaving for a week on a trip to North Carolina. My best friend from high school and her sister lost their mother at the end of April from Covid-19. Her wish was to have her ashes scattered in the ocean. They invited me to go.

I’ve known the family for 30 years. They rented a house on the beach (Holden Beach to be exact.) All I need to pay for is my hotel room because we’re not making the entire trip in one day and then help out with food when we shop once we arrive.

I’m sincerely blessed and so grateful to be included. My friends both told me that I’m family and they want me there with them. It’ll be a relaxing, yet somber trip.

When we go down to the beach to say our official goodbye to Mrs. C, they’ll be plenty of tears.

Once we get home, I’ll have to quarantine for 10 days but really, I rarely leave the house nowadays…so easy peasy.

My daughter is old enough at 23 to hold down the fort and take care of our pets. My neighbors know that she’ll be here alone, plus my brother and sister-in-law who live 5 minutes away.

My boyfriend is also around if she needs someone as well.

I’ll have to use my cane to get around and I’m also bringing my transport chair.

As for the fibromyalgia, I’ll rest when I need to. I know after so many years how to play the game.

Thanks for reading, I do hope that wherever you are, you’re safe and hanging in there.


  1. Sorry t hear about your hip, but like you say it’s an actual diagnosis and treatable. I bet a lot of stuff like that is “diagnosed” as “some sort of non-specific hip problem”…
    I have you have a safe trip 🙂

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    • Well, it’s always nice to have a doctor actually know why you’re in pain instead of just shrugging.
      Thank you, we’re leaving Saturday morning. 🙂

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