hello all, have just joined this group, and this is my first posting.
I am a 65 yr old woman, semi retired, have arthritis in my right hip, diagnosed last year, but very slow development. MRI in March, after which I saw consultant, and the outcome is that I am waiting for a date for a hip replacement op ( maybe not too much longer now - have been told to expect august date).
I take Naproxen daily, which has never seemd to help much, and Co-dydramol at night to help me sleep.
But here's my question - and would appreciate any advice ! - I have generally been managing fine, but in the last month, things have deteriorated badly. When I get out of bed or get up from sitting down, it takes me ages to get moving. Even standing up is painful. I've just bought a walking stick, but feel nervous about even a short walk to the shops.
This all seems to have accelerated so fast.
I realise there is no 'normal' with OA, but is this to be expected, and does anyone have ideas to help relieve the pain and stiffness? I try cold gel packs, cold sprays, heat packs, you name it ! But not much relief. Have been to physios and osteos, had just about every treatment, do exercises, but little helps.
Thanks for reading,