Moderate hip arthritis/Steroid injection failed
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My story is this:
I am a very active 72 year old. Still riding my horses and working around 2 others. In December (2021) I was diagnosed with moderate hip arthritis (pain radiates in the hip down to the knee and below). My GP was of little help other than prescribing Co-drydamol and Ibuprofen and suggesting physio. So I went to a private Specialist (who arranged X-ray and MRI). His recommendation was a steroid injection which I had done a few days before Xmas. Unfortunately, the effects of the jab wore off 7 to 10 days later so I'm back where I started. I talked to the Consultant and he said the next step would be a total hip replacement but he was reluctant as, in his words, its an operation which carries risks, just like any other major op.
Problem is, I CAN ride my horse but I can't dismount because my right leg wont swing over the back of the saddle. I can't do any heavy lifting (hay bales, water buckets etc). I can't walk without pain and sometimes use a stick. I am taking pain relief every day (which I hate to do!). Some days are better than others. Its also disturbing my sleep. My poor husband is having to help out a lot (putting on and taking off rugs, leading horses in and out of the field etc).
So the question is: should I push for a total hip replacement - even though its 'moderate arthritis'? The thought of having to wait more time (maybe a year) for it to progress to advanced arthritis is not something I want to do.
I have researched a lot of information on the internet and the general view is that a hip replacement is supposed to be transformative. Would I be jumping the gun with a TRP? Any thoughts?
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