Pain in pubic bone

by Wendy

I have had intermittent pain in the pubic bone over the last month roughly. It was painful last night, affecting my walking and is continuing today, so I now think it will be constant.

I've also developed right hip pain over about 2 months, which must be osteoarthritis as I've had this since March/April this year in my hands. Extremely depressing as it seems to be progressing fairly rapidly, and I'm otherwise fit and healthy, aged 71.

Is it likely that the osteoarthritis, particularly the hip, is related to the pubic bone pain?

Thank you,


Hello Wendy,
Don't jump to conclusions. Simply because you've had pain in your hands for three months certainly doesn't mean that you must have hip arthritis.

But let's assume for the moment you are right. Then make an immediate change to the fats in your diet. Radically decrease those which are high in omega 6; that means particularly sunflower and corn oil; start to read labels and move to salad dressings which are omega neutral; best is olive oil.

Then radically increase those foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. That means fatty fish, freshly ground flax seed, walnuts and real free range eggs, if you can find them.

You want to drastically reduce the ratio of omega 6 to 3.

Now for that hip. Lie on your back and pull your left knee to your chest, then to the opposite shoulder and then drop it into the lotus position. Remember what your feel. Now repeat with the naughty hip; is there a noticeable difference? If it's distinctly stiffer and painful, then get an xray of your pelvis.

Hip conditions tend to refer pain to the groin, pubic bone area and down the thigh to the knee.

It's unlikely, but very occasionally there can be nasties in the groin and pubic bones; they'll likely be picked up on the xray and a thorough examination of the area. It's most uncommon, but does happen.

Start by pulling your knee to the chest every morning before getting our of bed; repeat ten times, and then make a circle. It may be sensitive but if you get painful stabs then you are going too far; stay in the painfree domain.

Don't let your mind run away with you, Wendy. Have a proper examination that will come up with the right diagnosis, and not your fears.

let me know what you find.

Dr B

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Mar 28, 2017
Pubic bone pain after a fall
by: Margaret

Two weeks ago, I has a fall landing heavily on my left hip. I was told I had fractured my pubic rami and it would take a long time to heal itself.

I am due to fly to Cyprus from England in mid May. Im at present walking with the aid of a zimmer frame, but can I do anything to increase the recovery of the fracture, to give me a better chance of regaining my mobility.

I'm taking painkillers and doing as much walking with the zimmer as I can. Any advice would be gratefully accepted.

Hello Margaret,
It's a very disabling and painful fracture, and yes it will take a long time to heal. The large muscles to the leg are attached to the bone which is why walking is so difficult.

Frankly I'd postpone your trip to Cyprus; it's likely to be miserable at present. How long is dependent on your general health; by at least a month, and perhaps longer.

I recommend you read our best calcium for osteoporosis page; otherwise there are more fractures on the way.

Time must pass and you have to be patient, I'm afraid.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Dr B

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