I've had OA in my right hip for approx 8 years and I last saw my consultant in September and I'm not due to see him again until September this year. When I saw him last he said that I will need a hip replacement eventually but not yet as at 45 I am too young which I do understand and I was referred to physio which has been helpful.
My problem is these last few weeks I feel as though things have gotten worse - my hip locks at night and sometimes during the day and it's agony to walk especially after driving. The problem is that this comes and goes and after a bad patch which is happening more frequently I think to myself I need to do something about this only for it to be ok for the rest of the day until the evening so I end up doing nothing about it.
My question is I know that there are procedures that can be done prior to a hip replacement ie steroid injection etc but I don't know who I should contact re this do I call my GP or my Consultants secretary to see what can be done. It's beginning to have a greater impact on my life now and I don't want to be left like this until I'm eventually old enough for a replacement.