I have, as many of you know, been fighting hip arthritis for 15 years. MRI reveals that there is bone on bone places now which prompts all the docs who see it to point and say "See. Time for surgery."
And yes, I know it probably is time for surgery. My Duke rheumy wants me to try steroid injections first, just in case they will let me kick the can down the road a little further. I am scheduled for my first injection at the end of April. (Till then I walk as little as I can, ride my stationary bike and try to do muscle training exercises that do not increase inflammation.)
I a only 58, which is still on the young side for hip replacement. Still -- if I need it, I need it.
But I still obsess where the OA of the hip came from? My physical therapist, who has been working with me on and off for years, noted (and taught me to correct) a horridly lurchy gait I concocted as a kid to keep me out of trouble for limping on a broken knee. (Yes, -- ridiculous situation. The adults in charge will undoubtedly face some karma for this!)
But still -- 58? I find it hard to accept that despite correcting the gait that the OA, as seen in X Rays and MRIs still progressed.
And I suppose one practical justification for my obsession about this OA origin is that if this is the result of some ongoing process, which remains unidentified and untreated, then will the new joint just wear out faster -- or never make itself at home in my hip at all?
WHen I ask these questions of orthopods the responce is silence, or they turn away and walk out the door, or they say they'll "take care of everything once you have the surgery."
But I know that joint pain is a common complaint from my fellow Hughies on this site. But have any of you found that the joint pain results in documented OA?