I have recently been told I have osteoarthritis in my hip

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okay so I am a 35 year old male in canada and i have been having hip pain and swelling for about 2 years now finally talked my doctor into giving me an xray and found out my hip is in very bad shape now he says i should get a cortisone shot first before we go to a surgeon im scared because i dont know what to do any advice would help thank you.

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    OA is no fun. I would try conservative methods before surgery. Cortisone is good every 3 months. Gel injections did nothing for me. I'm also doing exercises in the pool which is great since its non impact. I'm also on a mission to lose weight. I'm taking anti inflammatory meds and tramadol when needed.
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    Hi Justin!

    Cortisone shots work wonders for some, and for others not so much. It is probably worth trying it because you won't know unless you try.

    If the shot doesn't do the trick for you, don't worry about the hip surgery. It has gone GREAT for several of my friends who had terrible pain prior to surgery, and my neighbor had both done a year apart and is feeling better than she has in YEARS!

    I have had both knees replaced which is a bit more complicated. Hips are less complicated, and recovery goes MUCH faster, too.

    Let us know how things go!😃

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      I had about five seconds notice that my doctor was going to do the shot! That was just enough time to LAY DOWN on the exam table before he put the shot in my knee!

      I have had two C-sections and a Myomectomy, so I wanted to be brave for a "little" shot. It was a quick intense pain then numbness. I walked out the door and drove home. The relief from pain lasted just four days, however, so for me, I added it to my "tried it" list but never had a second shot.

      You may have success with it. My aunt gets cortisone shots in her back and shoulder which help her A LOT.

      The shots ARE temporary fixes which last different amounts of time depending on the person.

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    Hello Justin, I am sorry you are suffering with your hip at a young age. I would try the cortisone first as Cheryl as said that it can work for some. I have had arthritis since aged 11 and had my first knee replacement at age 39 and again at age 52. I am due to have my other one replaced all by the age of 60. It maybe inevitable that you will need surgery soon, the cortisone if it helps will give you a few weeks pain free. I can tell you that with a replacement you should be pain free for several years. It is an easier operation than knees. The only thing with cortisone injections is it will either work or won't, so you have a 50/50 chance, you have nothing to lose. Have you got any meds that can help with the symptoms. 

    Best of luck.

    Elizabeth.

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      As of right now Elizabeth I dont have any meds just ibuprofin that doesnt seem to help and my doc wont give me anything stronger due to a priar drug addiction although im 5 years clean now thank you for your reply 
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    Given your age, I would check out clinical trials in university hospitals in Canada and contact the Canadian national arthritis association for information. Over 10 countries now trying stem cells at late stage clinical trials. May or may not be suitable.

    However what has caused it? Is this a prior injury? Do you know?

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      Hi sparkle no it is not a prior injury i played baseball from the age of 4 to the age of 18 with no injurys at all umm i talked to my aunt who lives in the states and she was telling me it runs in the family i know my dad had hip issues i dont know what the extent of those where all i know is his hip used to give out on him now my mother she has osteoarthritis but im not sure what side it comes from genetically my mothers or my fathers thank you for your reply.

       

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    I don't know if this is helpful but this is what I would do.

    I would see a orthopaedic hip specialist before having shots. I would ask to see blood tests and might see rheumatologist to see if this is indeed OA and not other form of arthritis given the tiredness thing. Specifically what is your Crp level? Personally I would not have shots if Crp low or without knowing what it was. I'd want to know the underlying cause and if b27 gene locus was ok or not. A decent rheumatologist will tell you this stuff.

    If you know your Crp, what is it?

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      Ok...give them a call...find out if your Crp is less than 3 or not. This tells you level of inflammation

      Lees than 3 is normal.

      They my should not be giving anti-inflam shot - should be given by radiographer under radio graphic guidance so they inject right place.

      They are to control inflammation (which you don't know).

      A lot of Rheims give shots when they don't know what to do so if me, I'd ask for blood. Tests - if you look up / tell me, I can then tell you the questions to ask. If Crp very high, you don't need a shot, you need different drugs.

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