Does this sound like osteoarthritis?

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Hi

I have recently been diagnosed with hip arthritis by my GP.

I'm not completely convinced that's what it is as the symptoms seem to have become really bad in a very short space of time.

I have had an issue in my R hip for years (I am almost 51) where it has been fine all the time apart from after walking long distances up hills, steps etc. It would then start to hurt and become stiff.

In the last few months, it has gotten a lot worse and now I am in almost constant discomfort. If I walk for more than a few minutes, it becomes increasingly uncomfortable and any longer than about 15 minutes, I am almost limping and have quite a bit of pain/stiffness. It also hurts to lie on my R side in bed.

My GP examined me but didn't feel X rays were needed and he has referred me to physio.

Does this sound like arthritis?? 

If it does, how has it turned me from a fit, fast walking person into what feels like an almost disabled one in a matter of months?

Any help/advice really appreciated.

 

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    OMG Talla

    I feel like I’m reading my own story just reading yours. Eight months ago I played golf and tennis in 103° heat and didn’t have any aches or pains. The arthritis came upon me so quickly it was like one morning and then I was in pain. My specialists are highly esteemed as they are the trailblazers NBA doctors

    I was devastated when they told me it was arthritis… They gave me an MRI just to make sure there wasn’t any other trouble. Now I have it in my neck in both knees… If you read my posts before I have found something that helps the pain tremendously! It took a lot of research and reading to find these supplements  my pain level was about an eight and after taking the supplements it’s about a two or a one. I also go to the national natural pathic university for injections of vitamins and minerals that help slow down arthritis and help inflammation because that’s what it’s all about… Inflammation! 

     It’s amazing isn’t it how life can change so quickly! 

     Because I care, 

    Prodigious 

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    At leasst some of the pain in your hip could be referred from the spine.  This can be helped by a good physiotherapist and appropriate exercise.  I thought I was heading to a hip replacement, but I have no sign of arthritis in my hips.  Do have arthritis in spine and other joints, however.  But a physiotherapist discovered I had very tight muscles along my spine and with various techniques, including dry needling, reset the muscles and the hip pain gradually went away.
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      Ooh that's interesting Anhaga - I do have a lot of issues with my spine generally and also SI joint. Will have to wait for physio to see what they say.

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    Hi Talla, Yes it sounds like osteoarthritis. It can move very fast. 1995 I was diagnosed with it in my right hip ( mild ), by 1998 it was bone on bone. replacement.Also my left hip done in 2003.  Now waiting for 2 shoulder replacements. Physio does help in the beginning. Some people can have it for years without a problem. Ask your GP for x-rays or see a specialist . Hope this helps.smile
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      Wow Ethel 

      That spread incredibly fast. I was wondering if you checked into Natural Pathic medicine? I also had placenta shot right into my knee to slow down the progression of arthritis...Somehow I was fortunate to have my specialist who also was the dr for the NBA team in my state.

      He says it’s all about inflammation.

      I get Vitamin/Mineral pushes twice weekly as well.

      I don’t know I’m trying to be proactive but who knows 

      I take NAC and Boswellia which have improved my pain by 95%

      My parents are in their late 90’s  and have no arthritis at all... I always thought I’d follow in their footsteps...My three siblings and me all have arthritis 

      Anyway just curious if you tried PRP or the two supplements I mentioned...Their main goal...Lower Inflammation 

      I would really appreciate a response from you when you’re free

      Because I care

      Prodigious 

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      Thanks ethel98452 - I will see what the physio thinks. Sorry to hear of your problems. I really want to avoid surgery if I can - I am also agoraphobic, so I would have to be sedated just to get to the hospital! 
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    I was diagnosed with hip OA well over 10 years ago. A classic case they told me. I knew they were wrong. I too was very fit and I was aware that I had develped muscle imbalance (twisting in my pelvis) over the years from too much one sided karate practice. I had good awareness of my body and I was certain it was this twisting of the pelvis that was causing my symptoms.

    They health pros all told me I was in denial and after spending thousands on physios etc I was still no better. "Just accept you have OA!" said the pros. No way! I kept working at it, educating myself on muscle imbalances etc and now I'm free of it. What is more, I shared my story here and later put my findings in a book. Very many people have massively reduced symptoms or completely eliminated them using the same approach.

    Interestingly, all cases that contact me (hundreds) had the same basic imbalance. 

    My 'hip OA' spread to other joints - shoulders, neck, feet - I was in a bad way. At one point uncontrollable pain. I was told I was at most a year from surgery - that was several years ago. I'm not fine and very actively involved in sports etc. Now 54 years old. 

    Don't be fobbed off by your doc. Chances are you can beat this, but don't count on physios being able to help you. You need to knuckle down and educate yourself! 

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      YES SUSAN!

      It’s all about the climb, the journey of educating oneself on the latest information that perpetually comes to light every day. 

      I love What you said about never giving up!!!

      I didn’t quite understand, however, 

      What you did to help relieve yourself from pain?

      I’d really appreciate you responding back to me!

      Respectfully,

      Prodigious 

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      Everyone that I've come into contact with has a muscle imbalance. Essentially, some of the muscles in the body get lazy and inactive and that allows the other muscles to dominate. This pulls the skeleton out of normal alignment; in this state, the attachment points of muscles is moved and muscles are at a mechanical disadvantage. Additionally, the bones in a joint will be pulled towards the stronger muscle meaning joints move abnormally resulting in joint wear. This joint wear is normally completely benign. This imbalance can go unnoticed for years, but sooner or later you're likely to develop some kind of repetitive strain injury due to additional stress on muscles. That's when the s**t really hits the fan as it causes the whole imbalance to go into a rapid downwards spiral. That's typically when you get the OA diagnosis.

      So, ultimately, the cure is to fix the muscle imbalance; wake up all the lazy muscles thus realigning the skeleton and taking the abnormal strain off of soft tissue. This will stop further wear to the joints, and will allow overstressed soft tissue to heal. Very often complete cure will be possible. The snag is, correcting long standing muscle imbalances is very difficult to do! It's really a project you need to take on board yourself as physios etc are typically trained to treat patients in around 3 sessions. Correcting a major, whole body muscle imbalance will take many months. 

      Short term though you can manage pain and stiffness with self applied Trigger Point Treatment. Which is essentially self massage of those sore, overworked muscles. This is only symptomatic treatment, but it can keep you largely pain free whilst working on the imbalances. Google for Trigger Point Treatment for more info. 

      There are a number of causes of pain with OA - atrophy of muscles will cause pain; also nerve pain is likely due to everything being pulled out of alignment. I'd advise anyone not to be too quick to assume their pain is coming from their joints (I was always assured that mine was, but in actual fact it was all either nerve or soft tissue pain - all treatable - curable). 

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      NOTE: Just to add - there are two distinct patterns of muscle imbalance associated with hip OA (in the hundreds of cases I've come across). Both are whole body imbalances that won't be addressed by focusing only on the painful hip. Primarily it's a core problem, but also the good hip is equally responsible. The painful hip is best thought of as a 'victim' of what's happening in the whole body. 

      No guarantee that hip disease isn't the cause of the imbalance, but by the same token, no proof that it is. The only way to find out is to treat the imbalance and see what, if anything, remains. Even if the joint is at fault it's the best thing for you. At the very least you'll keep the problem contained to that hip and stop it from taking out other joints in your body.....including the spine which can't be surgically replaced!!

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      Dear Susan

      I have noticed that I loose balance and hit the walls..I’ve never done that before.

      I’d like to get you book to find out more regarding strengthening the weaker muscles!

      Thanks 🙏 

      Prodigious 

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      Thanks for that info susan67756. It sounds like this may be causing my issues. I recently saw a sports physio who is training to become an osteopath. I saw her about a problem I have on the left side of my neck - after examining me, she said that a lot of it was due to problems on my right side and that my right hip is higher than my left. I am seeing her again in a couple of weeks about my hip, so it will be interesting to see what she says.
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