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    Depending on so many factors it's really tough to say. OA can be treated for many years walking properly keep hip balanced  wearing spring shoes very good at taking stress off joints. It's a good way to get started now with hip, back and core strengthening exercises. Most wear and tear from OA leaves the hips unbalanced worn on one side more that the other and causes more wear on the opossite hip. Important to keep good arches in shoes . See you tube for exercises or ask the doctor for physical therapy to learn the right way to move and exercises to maintain hips, back, knees and core. They are all connected and together you will be saving a lot of stress on your joints. 

     

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      Well my hip is a bullet shape now and have 2 bone spurs and you told me more then what the specialist told me but I have a very active job that I need to move and times it’s fine and times where very painful 
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    Ask for physical therapy and mabe they can help you get you body balanced.

    sometimes bone spurs can be removed . I would do some research on this and then when you see the doctor you have a better understanding and can ask questions for help.mxrays are the best way to understand the damage and hoe to plan a good pt program .

     

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    I feel the same way as you do. I am 37 and have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knee a few weeks ago 😥.  I am starting to feel that my hips are impacted too but I am too afraid of going for another X-ray. I have started on glucosamine sulphate and collagen hydrosate supplements. Twenty days into it so far.  I have not seen any improvement. On the days when I take the painkiller Celebrex, it seems to work though. I will keep you posted if the supplements work.  Some folks who are on it swears by it but need a few months before any improvement is felt. My doctor suggested hyaluronic acid injections but I have not tried that yet.  I am trying to accept this new condition but it's just so hard.  I cannot run or navigate the stairs as easily as I used to be able to do. 

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      They never prescribed me with anything! There just hoping 30 years from now when my hip finally goes where I get a new hip and if I can’t sleep at night because of pain then call them. I can’t take a full stride when walking 
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      Probably a good idea to change your Doctor. We shouldn't have to suffer through the pain. There are multiple options to relieve our discomfort. I hope I don't have to get to the point of TKR. Or at least I will try to prolong it as long as I could. 

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      Glucosamine is a longterm treatment.  It is not an analgesic like aspirin or celebrex.  It helps you form new collagen.  The bainkillers are, generally, a bad idea to be taken regularly because they actually interfere with collagen formation so even if they make you feel better in the long run they are bad for you.

      I do know what I'm talking about.  I have had OA since my 30s, definitively diagnosed when I was 40.  I only take painkillers for headache, never for OA.  I have been taking glucosamine for decades.  I take a kind which is a powder in a capsule, not the solid one as that seemed to be hard on my stomach.  Two doses of 1000 mg morning and evening, with my meal.  I am now 70 and there has been very little progression of the OA in the intervening three decades since diagnosis.  Not to say I'm in perfect health.wink

      I do get physio for my back, and over the years have accumulated exercises for nearly every body part!

       

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      It's so comforting to know that there is a way to manage the progression of OA. Do you take glucosamine with condritin formula or just glucosamine itself ?

      How often do you go for physio?  Is there any actitivites that you avoid to keep your OA from deteriorating?

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      I've never taken chondroitin.  I don't think I knew about in in the beginning, then when I did hear about it we were in the midst of the mad cow episode, and I avoided anything to do with animal products which might have had the faintest chance of contamination although of course since then there's never been any hint there was ever an issue with chondroitin.  As I seemed to be doing well I've decided to leave well alone.  I did read recently that one should not take glucosamine indefinitely, but I'm not sure why.  Best to do your research before trying anything, though, as there's always new information coming up.  Certainly there doesn't seem to be any problem with taking glucosamine for a reasonably long period of time.  I have heard of people who tried it and it gve them upset stomach.  I haven't had that issue, which is why I say that I take the capsules not the tablets, and always with a meal, because that may have made the difference.  At one point I told a friend I didn't think it was working any longer, I was taking 500 mg twice a day.  She said it wasn't enough, her husband took twice that, and it was helping him (we are about the same age he might be a few years older).  So I doubled my dose and it did seem to help. 

      I have been going for physio quite often the last couple of years because I'm suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica now (not a joint issue, it's an autoimmune inflammatory disorder which seems to affect tiny blood vessels and causes pain and stiffness).  But before this I went for physio for specific issues, my neck and back mostly, and it would just be a few sessions and I would then carry on with my exercises at home.  Maybe years would elapse between episodes of having to do this.  I have been very good about doing the exercises as I wanted to avoid becoming cripples with advancing years, and so far so good, touch wood!

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      Thank you for all the information. I really appreciate it. I will persevere with glucosamine. Will add some exercise into my regime too. Thanks! 😄

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    Hi William

    I’m 35 and have degenerative O/A in both hips they say my right is worse than left. I also work in a demanding physical job. My Doctors and consultant have both told me that I’m too young even tho I have no cartilage left in both hips and they are full of cysts. They won’t do hip replacements yet as they say they only last 10-15 years on the NHS and the second hip replacement is never as good or effective as the first so we are just left hanging to see what the future holds and how long we have to suffer. 

    It’s  extremely painful and  frustrating trying to live your life around the condition. It took two years for someone to listen to me and have x-rays MRI etc I was just getting told it was  sciatica or back pain. 

    I can’t take strong pain killers while working because I have to be in charge of admistering medication  (a lot of them being controlled drugs) I can’t risk making a mistake. If the pain is at the point I can’t take no more I have to go home and take tramadol. 

    I’ve been taking glucosamine and curcumin. I’ve been attending physio and swimming. 

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