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I've been diagnosed with arthritis in my right hip (x rays taken over 3 years ago) . I've had only minor discomfort until recently when I've started to get a lot of pain in my lower back (right side). It's really bad when I bend. It's getting increasingly difficult for me to put my socks on and do up my shoes. I just wonder if this is caused by the hip or if I've another problem - possibly sacroiliac joint? I get some pain in my groin and buttock but the worst pain is in my lower back.
I had a left knee replacement 18 months ago and my consultant has told me to contact him if my hip gets worse. I am reluctant to have another operation if it's possible to avoid it. I just wonder if others with hip arthritis experience similar pain. I take paracetamol (on GP's advice), do exercises each day and visit a chiropractor every few weeks.
I'd appreciate any advice from any fellow sufferers of hip arthritis or anyone who has had a hip replacement.
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