I am 22 years old and have just been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of the hip. I was born with a dislocated hip that went undiagnosed for 9 years. I had an operation at the age of 10 which put the hip bone back into the socket, but not properly. The operation left me with an 8cm difference in length between both my legs, which means I limp quite alot. I have to have one shoe built up to stop me from walking on tip toe.
I have been told that I need my hip replacing, but that it will be a technically difficult operation. I am scared about having this done, and have read quite alot about it on the internet that I wish i hadn't.
It is nice to find a forum where people are understanding, and know what others are going through