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April 22, 2010



Quite possibly the only humorous reference to lupus I've ever heard. Stewart was hilarious and, as usual, spot-on.

A question: I have RA (22 years and counting). I took a couple of long walks on Sunday and Monday of this week, totaling about 6 1/2 miles, after a long break from walking exercise. Afterward, my muscles were a bit sore, but that eased as expected. Today (two days after the second walk), both hip joints are mildly sore, but they also feel loose, as if they could slip out of joint if I'm not careful. I've never had this happen before. Is such a thing is possible for RA in the large joints? Does it affect ligaments? My walks were taken on a gently-rising trail and at a comfortable pace. Any thoughts? And thanks.


As you can imagine, I cannot and could not really comment on your specific problem, but in general, no, hips will not dislocate. (Except for prosthetic hips) Muscle weakness, spasm, and ligament strain can all give a sensation of give-way weakness.


Thanks for answering my question. I didn't expect a diagnosis (I know you can't do that -- it would be foolish to try). Really, I was just searching for possible answers. I DO appreciate your thoughtfulness in responding. :o)

I saw my own rheumatologist today, after having hip x-rays. My hips are just fine. But after answering his questions and yelping when he pressed (lightly, too!) some specific points on my hips, he told me I have hip bursitis. He said it causes pain just as I described, and could also give me that "loose" feeling in the joint.

So now I know. Funny how knowing (and understanding) what the ailment is and why it happens can bring such comfort, even though the knowledge doesn't really change anything. I'm really glad that docs like you are there for us. Hope you're having a great weekend.

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