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Hello. I am new to this forum, female & 57 years of age. I have just been diagnosed (following xray) with what's been described as bone on bone osteoarthritis in my hip. How it was explained to me is that the hip joint comprises of a ball and socket, with cartilage acting as a sort of cushioning in between. I was told that I now have "no gap" and have therefore got bone grinding on bone. My GP has arranged for me to see an orthopaedic consultant in a couple of weeks. I am embarrassed to admit that I am a total coward when it comes to the thought of having to undergo surgery. I go into a major panic when I have to set foot in a hospital, let alone contemplate anything else. I realise that after my visit with the consultant I will be given much more information but in the meantime I am worried sick that a hip replacement will be my only option. I am currently being treated for anxiety and depression so naturally this worry is having a big effect on my general anxiety. I wondered whether any of you might have any comments, perhaps from your own experiences. I guess I'm desperately looking for reassurance that I may have a number of options open to me. Thank you for reading this and for any help you may be able to give me.
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