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How can hip pain be managed in a diabetic and hypertensive patient?

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Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At June 1, 2020
Reviewed AtDecember 28, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My mother is having lower hip side pain for almost a week now. She is taking maintenance medicines for high blood pressure (Approvel) and 24 units of Insulin everyday. What could be causing the pain and can I give her pain reliever?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Looking into mother's problem, you have got both hypertension and diabetic under Insulin with hip pain. First of all we need to understand what is the association between the current problem and existing diseases. Once we understand why it is happening and try to find its link then it is easy to understand the diseases to diagnosis and help long term treatment preparation. Uncontrolled diabetes can affect the muscles and skeleton, leading to joint pain, nerve damage. There is a link between diabetes, arthritis, and joint pain. Both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and type 1 diabetes are autoimmune disorders. In both cases, the immune system is attacking an otherwise healthy part of the body. According to Arthritis Foundation guidelines, losing 15 pounds can significantly improve the level of hip pain in a person with Osteoarthritis. So, I would recommend to do:

1. Radiography of hip joint antero-posterior or lateral view to assess OA changes.

2. RA (rheumatoid factor).

3. CRP-To assess condition of active joint inflammation and destruction.

I will follow up with the report.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Santosh Kumar Bashyal
Dr. Santosh Kumar Bashyal

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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