I have OA in both hips ( right severe, left mild) and recently had an x-ray on my right knee, as it has been painful and swollen for a while and my nurse thought OA may have spread. I've had the results back and thankfully it hasn't spread. They think it's just referred pain and I'm speaking my physio next week about it. In the meantime, my GP has suggested a referral to see an orthopaedic surgeon to see what my options are regarding my hip. He's suggested this because I walk with a stick and have difficulty bending and carrying things and I'm only 57. Truth is, I'm not sure I want to speak with a surgeon right now. Although I'm in pain most days at some point, I do manage to keep it under control with painkillers and have various aids to help me, ie: sock aid, step to get into bath etc. I would prefer to speak with my physio, to see if she can help me do some exercises or hydrotherapy etc, both for my knee and my hips, before I see a surgeon. The thought of any injections into the joint, terrifies me, as I hate needles and I know from people on here, the pain relief is short lived and it's painful to have done. Apart from having two children and a few rounds of stitches as a child, I've never been in hospital. I would rather try and manage/live with the pain and try and carry on as long as possible, than go in for a replacement. Despite the severity of the OA in my right hip, I'm hoping if I can sort out some exercises and keep mobile, it won't get any worse. Am I being a big baby? I just can't face the thought of going into hospital. I am so frightened and the thought of it has increased my anxiety. My GP says I don't have to be referred if I don't want to, at this stage. Thoughts please?