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heathrowheathrow Posts: 20
edited 25. Nov 2009, 21:37 in Say Hello Archive
Have OA for the last three years in my right hip.

Seeing the specialist again next month and would like some advice.

Have had a bone density scan and will get these results when I go next month.

Specialist seems reluctant to replace the hip at present. Says I am too young! (58 years old) and that it will probably need to be replaced again.

OH physio says I still have too much movement to be considered for the operation. However, I am finding the pain debilitating, and have had to start taking time off work because of it.

Collegues who have had the op tell me to push the doctor to get it done. Possibly a financial decision by the NHS?

I see from the forum that lots of people younger than me have had it done.
Can anyone recommend insoles?

My big toe is starting to hurt alarmingly!

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  • trishertrisher Posts: 9,727
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi

    Welcome to and pleased to meet you, although not a nice way to have to meet.
    This is a very friendly site, everybody supports each other offering advice or making you laugh.


    Trisher xx
  • trishertrisher Posts: 9,727
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi

    Welcome, to the Forum, Although meeting because we suffer with arthriris is never a nice way to meet.

    It is a very nice site, everybody is very friendly and you will get a lot of help and support.

    Other members will be along later to say hello.

    Trisher xx

    ps sorry for the above post I'm having trouble with my computer.
    Trisher xx
  • dorcasdorcas Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi heathrow!
    and welcome to the forum...glad you took the plunge and have joined. It's a great community of people who understand and support each other ...helpline is great too.

    Look forward to seeing your posts. Irisx
  • marion29marion29 Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    heathrow wrote:
    Have OA for the last three years in my right hip.

    Seeing the specialist again next month and would like some advice.

    Have had a bone density scan and will get these results when I go next month.

    Specialist seems reluctant to replace the hip at present. Says I am too young! (58 years old) and that it will probably need to be replaced again.

    OH physio says I still have too much movement to be considered for the operation. However, I am finding the pain debilitating, and have had to start taking time off work because of it.

    Collegues who have had the op tell me to push the doctor to get it done. Possibly a financial decision by the NHS?

    I see from the forum that lots of people younger than me have had it done.
    Can anyone recommend insoles?

    My big toe is starting to hurt alarmingly!
  • marion29marion29 Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello there,

    I have just joined the site/forum yesterday, am not very good at these sort of things, so please be patient with me!

    I was astonished that you were told you were too young at age 58 to have a hip replacement, especially as you are obviously in so much pain, having to take time off work etc. It is astonishing to me how the NHS/consultants/experts vary so much in different areas and it is so wrong. I am aged 48 and had a hip replacement 4 weeks ago.

    I was diagnosed by a Rheumatologist over a year ago, at first the surgeon I saw said we should probably put it off for 2 or 3 years, because of my age. But when I went back to him six months later, he said my hip had deteriorated, I was in a lot more pain, struggling with work and everything, so he said, I must go on the waiting list immediately.

    I have dealt with the NHS and other bodies through my son's disability as a child and unfortunately I learned, you have to speak up and push for things you believe in constantly. You must go back to your consultant or seek a second opinion, as they seem completely out of touch/barking up the wrong tree.


    I know it's not easy to do, when you are in pain/at a low ebb, but I hope you find courage to do it.


    All the best

    Marion
  • maccajomaccajo Posts: 47
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi heathrow,
    only joined recently myself and I'm pretty poor at this too, I hope you get the treatment you need without suffereing too long, good luck and keep us posted.

    maccajo :D
  • frogmortonfrogmorton Posts: 26,323 ✭✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Heathrow
    (any prizes for guessing where you live?!)
    Welcome from me too.
    Stick a post on the living with arthritis forum with your query - there are lots who have had one or more who will be able to advise.
    Take care
    Love
    Toni xx :)
    Love

    Toni xxx
  • tkachevtkachev Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi and welcome,
    I had a hip replacement this year and I am 46.They were pushing me to get it done.Incidently I live in Hillingdon,not far from Heathrow(assuming that is where you live).They dont seem willing so it might be that you will need to convince them.
    Hope to see you around the forum
    Elizabeth
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • tkachevtkachev Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Welcome to Marion too,
    A few of us also have disabled children,I have two on the autistic spectrum and a few probs with my daughter too.Makes life interesting!
    Hope to see you posting.This is my 2nd forum but I posted loads of strange messages before I got the hang of it!
    Elizabeth
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • carol101carol101 Posts: 677
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Heathrow, welcome to the nutty....erm i mean arthritis forum. I'm 35 and have OA of the spine and also going through a bit of depression. Everyone one on here are so lovely and have helped me through my darkest days. There is plenty of advice from people who know and understand the various problems our dear old friend arthur brings with him.
    We also have some amusing chat going on in the chit-chat forum. Just drop in anytime............i did :lol:

    Carol X
  • heathrowheathrow Posts: 20
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    trisher wrote:
    Hi

    Welcome to and pleased to meet you, although not a nice way to have to meet.
    This is a very friendly site, everybody supports each other offering advice or making you laugh.


    Trisher xx

    Thanks for your warm welcome. Never thought would get this decrepit. But reading some of the stories on here, does put my problems into perspective! At least I have the possibility of a new hip, and maybe my problems will be over. Bless you all
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