So I saw the orthopedist PA at Duke yesterday. She said what all orthopedists have said -- that its probably time for the hip replacement (but I'm only 57!) But they took a fresh X Ray and on this film the narrowing (better description would be "total lack of") space between the left femur and the pelvis is unmistakable now.
But on the other hand, since I raised my INR to 3 - 3.5; increased the topical naprosyn cream; and added 3 1/2 naprosyn pills a day the inflammation retreated to the point where the exercises began to work and now, though not pain free, my usual daily pain level is between 1.5 - 3. Four months ago my pain level was 4 - 8.
So do I, or don't I? I know if I wait too long there may not be enough healthy tissue left for the surgeon to produce a fully functional, pain free hip. (Thats the mistake my Father-in-Law made.) But on the other hand, -- oh why beat around the bush? The thought of surgery with my multiple drug allergies (yes, I've gone into anaphylaxis) and upsetting my prudish immune system -- scares the BeeJesus out of me!
And no, I'm not looking for an up or down vote from any of you. But I would appreciate any data about hip replacement experiences in us Hughies.