Pain in the upper hip or waist area can be caused by arthritis; injury sustained to the hip or waist; nerve damage; or serious diseases, such as cancer and osteoporosis, according to Mayo Clinic. Pain centered around the waist may be due to a pulled muscle or digestive ailments.
Injuries inflicted to the upper hip or waist area can cause pain and are possible symptoms of a dislocation or fracture of the hip, an inguinal hernia, a sprain or strain, pinched nerves, or tendinitis, explains Mayo Clinic. Patients with a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, types of bone cancer and leukemia may also experience pain in the waist and upper hip area. Forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis situated near the waist and upper hip, can be a common culprit of discomfort.
Pain that stems from the abdominal or waist region and travels to the hip area could be caused by minor digestive problems or pulled muscles, notes Mayo Clinic. In more severe cases, this pain could be a symptom of appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome, lead poisoning, intestinal obstruction, Crohn's disease, pelvic inflammatory disease or sickle cell anemia. High levels of ketones in the blood could also contribute to upper hip or waist area pain.