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Hi Sylmowarrington1 and welcome to the Arthritis Care Forums.
I'm sorry to hear you've had AS (ankylosing spondylitis) for so long and now have a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis of both hips.
As a preliminary, you may like to take a look at our factsheet on the subject which can be downloaded here: https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/do-i-have-arthritis/publications/233-osteoarthritis-of-the-hip
It has some good tips on living with the pain, what you can do to help as well as advice on exercise.
Im sure that forum members with direct experience of both conditions combined will also have helpful ideas.
Hello, I don't have AS plus OA but I do have psoriatic arthritis (PsA) which has led to OA in some useful places; some joints have one or the other, others have both which is not a barrel of laughs. I am also struggling with a bad cold at the moment so am not taking my meds for the PsA which isn't helping matters either!
I manage my pain by distracting myself from it and taking minimum pain relief to help me get by. I have OA in both ankles, both knees and both hips, plus some other places. I am on 30/500 cocodamol and usually take four per day but I have upped that at the moment due to the aches and pains caused by the cold. I apologise for being so brief but it's my bed time! I wish you well. DD
Hello and welcome from me too. I'm another who has 'done the double - in my case RA and OA. Like DD, I use distraction as much as possible and pain relief (co-codamol) when that fails.
Distraction for me involves using my laptop, doing jigsaws, crosswords, codewords and logic puzzles, watching TV and getting out and about.
I am aware of addiction issues with co-codamol but I have been on it for years and very rarely take more than six per day. Life became much easier to manage once attempting to be pain-free stopped being a goal. DD