Greetings everyone, I'm a Canadian living in the Vancouver area. I have a bum hip, or two, the other one has no real symptoms. I've had some hip pain for many years but enjoyed most any activity I wished to do. About 3 years ago I felt something weird in my R hip during a stretch and that started the long road of pain, loss of ROM and limited activity I've been living with since. I still can't believe such a simple event could do all this. I guess the OA has been brewing and that one stretch was the trigger. I've seen a orthopedic surgeon and have had a CT scan done and it shows moderate OA with joint space narrowing, osteophytes and cysts on both hips. The amount of cartilage wear is not that great. The local public health team who handles hip and knee replacements tells me I'm good for at least ten years based on what I have left. But they don't live with the discomfort and loss of lifestyle. I'm 55, still have kids I could go skiing or biking or backpacking with if I could do those things. AT 50 I was sailing my own boat down the coast of the US to San Diego, now I have a hard time getting in and out of a car. I am a good weight, 157 lbs for a 5'10", I exercise everyday what I can. This varies a lot. I do every thing I can that would be healthy for me and help with recovery. I have brought my hip back a long way towards functional but seems to be at the limit of what I can achieve. I can carry on like this for a long time but wonder if I shouldn't press for a THR. I have had a Durolane shot (hyaluronic acid) once and it seemed to help for about 6 months and am setting up for another one soon. It's a tricky road this whole OA thing. Jump too soon this happens, move too fast pain happens.
Best and thanks,
Best and thanks,