I haven't posted here for a while but I read all the daily posts and I have learnt a lot about RA through them. I have had RA for 5 years and finally got to clinical remission about a year ago. After a recent MRI scan for a painful right hip, I was so shocked to find out that I have OA in this hip and that the cartilage is very badly worn. I now have difficulty with stairs and socks and can only walk short distances. I have been told I will need a total hip replacement and to be honest I am absolutely terrified of the surgery. I have other medical conditions, including osteoporosis. I'm also really worried about stopping my drugs (Arava and Sulfa) before and after the surgery, in case I flare and also that I might not get back to full mobility as I was very active before.
It would help me a lot to hear from anyone who has had a THR, with both good and not so good outcomes and how you have coped. Many thanks. Pat 64.