Hi, long story short I haven't been diagnosed with arthritis however I do have similar joint conditions.
I was born with DDH (Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip) in my right hip, however it wasn't diagnosed till I started walking, so the normal treatment (pelvic harness). didn't work. I had 3 surgeries before the age of 4 however none worked and after the 3rd I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis. It didn't affect too much as a young child I just couldn't take part in sports.
When I was 10 I was supposed to get another surgery but I was ill every time we got an operation date so in the end I didn't get the surgery. I have constant chronic pain and I've been on prescription pain killers for a year, I had a scan a few months ago and I was told that I had a severe dislocation and will need surgery soon, they hope to do an osteotomy however I am waiting on more scans as if the joint is too damaged or there is arthritis (which I think is likely) the only remaining option will likely be a hip replacement.
But everything is taking a really long time because of covid. Ive always found it quite difficult socially as most of friends/family don't understand and sometimes think im making it up. So I was just looking for some advice on dealing with pain and dealing with potentially have arthritis as well as coping with other people judgements/opinions. Or just hear from anyone who has had any experience of being young with chronic pain. My mental health is not doing very well because of this.