I am new here but can’t express how relieved I am to have found this app (HealthUnlocked) and your website, I’ve been (in the words of my surgeon and the chief registrar) treated appallingly (“never in my 7 years of practice has a GP spoken to me so badly, let alone seen how badly you’ve been treated”) by my previous GP practice (i’ve just recently, One week ago, changed my GP practice) and so far finding it much better.
I have tried naproxen, cocodamol, etorcoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, amitriptyline none of which worked. Current GP has put me on 50mg Pregablin taken 3x day which is “somewhat” helping, but I wonder if anyone knows of anything better? I am at end stage severe osteoarthritis in my left hip joint & am on the highest (“1st through the doors”) priority list to have my replacement joint surgery as soon as surgeries start again here in the UK.
The last X-ray showed I’ve no cartilage left and my joints are apparently fusing together. Surgeon said that all the blood vessels which nourish the bone have gone, & it’s now blackened from necrosis. This is my left hip joint and socket I’m referring to by the way.
I was a professional long distance and marathon runner from early childhood through my 20’s and into very early 30’s.
When I stopped I continued to “train” ie exercise for hours at least 6 days per week at my gym, my surgeon believes it is this as well as being born with a slight scoliosis in my spine which affected my gait, ergo led to my left hip being ground away at an irregular level, compared with my right hip. Effectively, at age 40 (later this year) I’ve walked/run the equivalent to two lifetimes (ie I don’t have any usual predispositions which normally lead to having developed OA at such an age ie low bone density, overweight, being an older female.)
Any advice on what kind of medication any of you found worked, what combinations etc would be really appreciated. I’d prefer to avoid opiate painkillers if I can, years of being an athlete taught me to power through pain, hence why my surgeon was shocked that I was walking into his surgery let alone commuting to and from work and walking 8-10km (5-6miles) per day, I must note I walk & heavily depend on my cane to enable movement.
The current order to work from home has probably done me a world of good in terms of forcing me to stop trying to “power through the pain” and further damage my hip joint...as much as it’s driving me nuts to not be able to exercise.
On that note, also if anyone has some good suggestions of YouTube, website links or others for exercises I can do at home eg yoga, please send me them.
Looking forward to hearing from you, it’s so hard suffering this kind of pain, at my age where no friends understand & especially in the middle of the night, I’ve cried a river of tears and even have a rubber band on my wrist I use to distract me from the pain.
Thank you to anyone who replies 🙏❤️