Need some positive advise

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Hi, I am new to the group. I am 38 years old and was told on Friday I have arthritis in both my hips. My problem area is my right, which the consultant said I have no cartilage left, so it's just bone on bone. He said my only options are steroid injections and eventually a hip replacement, but he wouldn't recommend that as I'm so young. I left the office in floods of tears and havent really stopped crying since.

I have a seven month old baby and had to wait until he had his morning nap to put my sock on!! I am normally a very happy and positive person but I just don't know ow where to go from here. So, any advise would be really appreciated.

Thanking you in advance for advise,

triona

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    Hello savage. I do feel for you. It must have been a terrible shock. Is it osteoarthritis you have? It is painful. Have you been prescribed any pain medication because that can help a lot?
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      He didn't mention pain relief, and I am in a lot of pain. I'm presuming it's OA. All I take is paracetamol and ibrufen, which is doing nothing for the pain. His bed side manner left a lot to be desired. I had a hip artroscopy two years ago and things were better. But after three days in labour and an emergency c section the pain is a lot worse. Just need to know I have something to look forward to and it's not going to be this sore forever.
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      With the right medication you will start to feel better. I have osteoarthritis and with the right medication I can function so much better. Go and see your GP, tell him you need something for your pain and a re referral to a more compassionate consultant.
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    Hello Savage,  I am sorry to hear your suffering.  I have had Arthritis since a young child so i understand the pain.  I am with Matron as in that there are so many medications around now that can give you better relief.  Ask to be referred to a pain clinic which can help you with other methods of dealing with pain.  I have had knee replacements at a young age thou it is not recommended because they will need replacing again.  You don't have to suffer.  I personally wouldn't have steriod injections.  

    Elizabeth.

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      I found the steroid injection I had in my shoulder worked really well the second time. The first time it didn't make any differs. Unfortunately the injections don't work for everyone 
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      I tried the injections for my back and it made things worse.  I have heard that they can weaken the bones so you only get 3 injections in all.  This my experience, so it's up to you if you want to go for it.  Everyone is different . 
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      I read about the 3 injection limit but then I read another article that said 3 in a year. I think it's a bit excessive. I would agree about the injections weakening the joint but I was having so much pain in my shoulder I couldn't move my arm, it was so painful. This was in February and I'm still pain free. 
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    Ask for a second opinion and go see another consultant. They will do it at your age but you need to push because the concern is that it will need redoing. I have had two finger joint replacements done privately as the NHS don't really do them, they fuse the joint instead. I have had the injections and it worked for a while but was extremly painful for 48hrs.

    If you are in the UK another route and can afford it is to see a specialist privately, get him to recommend a joint replacement and then move back to the NHS. If you are lucky choose and book may even allow you to have it done in the private hospital.

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