2) Whether or not you can figure out the source of the problem is irrelevant once it’s dug in. Now you have to figure out how to keep it from hurting and you have to look at this situation like it’s a cut on your finger tip. You won’t get it well if you keep hitting it on things. If your hip is painful to sleep on it at night, then quit sleeping on it at night. Sleep on the other side. If it’s both hips, then you’re screwed. Sleep on your back or your tummy. Put a pillow between your legs. Get a nice, thick memory foam mattress topper for your bed (I’m serious about this one).
If it hurts to get in and out of a chair then figure out how you can do that without hurting it, just like you’d figure out how to type without using your cut finger. I found that when I got in and out of a chair more like a guy, it was better. So how do you do that? Put your legs and feet in the 11:00 and 1:00 positions and stand up without letting your knees come in. Just watch guys getting up from a chair and then watch how gals do it. Our knees always come together because they naturally tend to do that and because we’re taught to keep our legs together. Well this just increases the distance that tendon has to go and grinds it across that bump (the greater trochanter). Use the arms on the chair to help push yourself up.
If it hurts to cross your legs, then don’t cross them. Frankly, sitting more like a guy (with your legs a little apart) works pretty well. When I was in junior high, I learned to keep my legs tight together at all times. We only wore skirts back then, and the boys were always trying to look up them. How many of you remember when the boys would drop pencils under the table during study hall in order to be able to look up our skirts and “shoot the beaver?” And if they got to shoot yours, it was actually your fault that it happened and everyone would make fun of you. The boy would never get in trouble for doing it. No wonder we keep our legs slammed together, even now that we wear pants 90% of the time! So loosen up a little. And don’t worry…no one’s lookin’ anymore. And if they are…don’t worry…you probably don’t have greater trochanteric bursitis…
So the previous suggestions addressed the mechanical conditions that contribute to the problem. This condition also has an inflammatory component that can be addressed as well. That next time.