Hi, I have a lot of pain in my hips too and I thought I was heading to a hip replacement at 29! Hip and leg pain aren't always the most painful of my symptoms but they are the most chronic.
It started about 8 months ago with pain on the right side when walking up any sort of incline. Now there is a chronic ache all through my hips and more intense after any exercise or standing for an extended time (like even washing dishes). Sometimes sitting or lying down they feel like they're burning. Other times there is so much pressure I wish I could crack them, like cracking knuckles!
I've had a PT eval. and am working on stretching and loosening some of the muscles in my legs. The muscles all around my thighs are chronically super tight and most of the time hurt too much to be touched or massaged so it makes it difficult, but any tight muscles in our legs will pull on our hips (same for the back muscles too) and throw the hip balance off (or the balance of the muscles in the hip area) and cause pain. Apparently some of the thigh muscles go diagonal across our legs which can really throw off our hips if theyíre tight and pulling.
Iím also working on correcting my hip posture. Apparently I tilt my hips forward (increasing the arch in my back - ďsway backĒ) and this can cause some leg, hip, and back muscles to be too tight and others to be too loose and weak (unfortunely tight doesn't equal strong!). So I have to straighten my hips and balance out the muscles. Loosen and strenghten some and tighten and strenghten others. Doesnít always feel the best but I know itíll be good in the long run, itís kind of like being told to sit up straight!
Not something that will happen over night but Iím working on it.
Sorry for writing so much. I donít know if any of this will help you, but itís helping me slowly. I was able to hike again last weekend Ė more than I had done for the past 8 months!!