Flare ups of intense pain
I have recently been diagnosed with osteo-arthritis in my right hip. Whilst I have suffered mild / moderate back and hip pain for some time, a few weeks ago aI had a spasm of really intense pain. Paracetamol nor Ibuprofen did not do much - eased off after an hour or so. No idea what brought it on. After third of these attacks, I saw the doctor, had X-Rays and hence the diagnosis.
These flare ups affect my upper right groin down towards the knee and are completely disabling. Even morphine by mouth (Oramorph) and Codiene takes 40 minutes plus of agony to start taking effect. Usually in the evening - wears off enough to sleep and fine next morning. My attempts to correlate these flare-ups with anything I've done (walking further, standing up for longer, sitting uncomfortably etc.) seem not to offer many clues.
My internet searches do not seem to mention this much - I am told that they might "go away". Is that the experience of others? What can I avoid doing? Driving seems bad - should I stop? The fear of getting an attack (I had one in a restaurant - very upsetting) is making me a bit paranoid!
Any advice welcome