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Hubby drove me to my hospital appointment and Monday. It was a bright sunny day with blue skies, lovely!
We did not have to wait long and due to the early hour, all was very quiet as well.
I had an appointment in January and previous GP appointments and I was told that for my age I should not really have any problems as such andt smoothing out this slight bump on the ball joint which showed up in an x-ray would probably solve the pain etc.
Well....fast forward 6 weeks and now the slight mis-shapen of the ball joint will not make any difference if smoothed off, I now have arthritis in both hips and the left one is the worst one. Everything is too far gone for any treatment including keyhole surgery!
I have three options
1). Soldier on as I have done!
2). Have a cortisone injection into the hip, which may or may not work, you can not have many of them, they do not always work each time.
3). Have a hip replacement, but at my age (43) I am likely to have several in the years to come as they can have a life span, some last for 5 years some can last for over 30 years.
I was told quite categorically that I did not have arthritis as I did not have all of the symptoms (which have changed even since last summer!) and I was not the right age (too young). One of my tutor group has arthritis so that is not strictly true. He is 12.
So...what a choice. Not what I was hoping to hear. I am starting to get really tired and worn out with it and keeping up a full time job. Hubby watched me get in and out of the car for the first time after school on Thursday and said that he did not realise how difficult I really was finding it after a full day on my feet.
So.......I have asked to be put on the list for a cortisone injection into my hip and this could take up to and beyond 10 weeks for the appointment to come through. I will need to go to a hospital about 45 mins away and due to it giving you a "dead leg" I will need to have the day off. It would not do to have me falling flat on my face in the middle of my classroom!
Today I have felt as stiff as a board and a little dejected as I have been told it will gradually get worse. There will of course be good days/weeks as well and I know that it is not life threatening but when I have a house with stairs, a 10 year old, a husband to does work away and a full time job....I will not be able to completely ignore it.
So, there I have it... time to move on and swap painkillers as my current ones do not really work at the moment. Roll on half term next week.
Tomorrow I will be handing in my evening class coursework and I shall try and take some pictures as I do not think that I will get it back until the Autumn.
Have a good evening