HI. How long has this been going on? Is the pain actually in the hip area?
And have you had any x-rays or scans to look at the problem?
This has been going on for approx. 3 months. Pain just above the hip bone in the soft flesh in the, I suppose the kidney area. Appears to be near the surface. I have not had any x- rays or scans to the moment. Pain goes away while I am resting and appears sometimes to move towards my back but mainly sharp pain just above the hip
No, pain 95% of time just above the hip bone left hand side - just occasionally seems to move to back. No lumps or tenderness but only fairly sharp pain/tenderness above the hip bone where the pain is.
OK--just wanted to make sure since that's nowhere near where your kidneys are.
We can certainly continue after this if you'd like Robert, but were I your doctor I would first start with x-rays of you lumbar spine, pelvis and hip. I would also get an MRI of the lumbar spine and hip.
There are a few possibiities here--
One would be either a hip bursitis or tendonitis.
Another would be a disk problem in the lumbar spine.
A third might be sacroiliitis.
Depending on the actual cause I would refer you to a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--for hands-on treatment that should resolve your symptoms