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Littlejem
Littlejem Member Posts: 12
edited 21. Feb 2013, 16:58 in Say Hello Archive
I'm a, just turned 60 year old woman, who works fulltime and has just been diagnosed with moderate/severe artheritis in hips and moderate in my knees. Was thinking all the pain I was getting was coming from a colapsed disc in my spine but when a spinal fusion didn't get rid of it I had scans on my hips and knees. Mum had arthritis and 2 hips an a knee replacement and I wonder about new hips but the operation really scares me. Good days I'm ok but don't think I can take too many 'bad' days

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello littlejem. It's nice to meet you but I'm sorry you've had to join us. You are doing well to work full time despite all your problem joints. It can't be easy.

    My OA is a result of years or RA. I've had both hips and knees replaced and would do it all again tomorrow if necessary. They've all lasted a long time and made a huge difference to my life.

    Please join us on the other forums either to add a comment or ask a question of your own. We are very friendly :)
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  • Littlejem
    Littlejem Member Posts: 12
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks for the welcome Stickywicket and for the advice about joint replacement, it's good to know they do work. :)
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,640
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi there littlejem

    It's lovely to meet you :)

    A few folks on here have had a simialr isse regarding hip pain/back pain as the two can be so so similar.

    Lots of folks have had joints replaced on here - some don't even post anymore as their new joints have been so good :wink:

    Please do come on in and join us all. we usually gather in LWA or chit chat

    Love

    Toni xx
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello littlegem
    And a warm welcome from me
    I am 62 nearly 63..with arthur in my back hips and a couple of others places, my hips need replacing, but at the min they are trying to sought my back pain.
    I really do sympathies with you has I am terrified of surgery.
    So you have come to the right place, you will gets lots of information and support on here so I do hope to see you posting more very soon.x
    Love
    Barbara
  • Littlejem
    Littlejem Member Posts: 12
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks guys, well I've been to see the hip specialist and sure enough both my hips have severe arthritis and in his opinion I should have both replaced. Booked in for my first on 16th March, I'm lucky that we have private health care which means I don't have to wait too long! He was fairly scathing about the fact that I had my back fused last year and says he would have done my hips first as he feels sure that they are where my problems are coming from. So new PJs bought in readyness!! Really trying to be upbeat about it, but inside, really quaking.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hello Littlegem, no wonder you are quaking but a new hip can make all the difference in the world to pain and mobility - i.e. be sensible post-op and things will get better. The recovery isn't quick and there will be setbacks but stick at it and I'm sure you won't regret it for one moment. I wish you well and please post on the LWA bit of the forum, there are other 'hippies' there who will no doubt encourage you along the way. Good luck! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • krisbe
    krisbe Member Posts: 95
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi littlejem, I too have arthritis in both hips and knees. I am 56 and work full time but have decided now to have a hip replacement. It scares me too, but as I am having great difficulty in walking and cant do the things I enjoy, ie shopping etc. The doctor has been putting me off as he says hip replacements only last 10 years in younger patients. I think you will know when the time is right and hopefully there will be a great improvement in your quality of life.

    :roll: