On Oct 12th I had a dr appt with a new OS for consultation & to review my x-rays for my left hip! After reviewing my hip and a few questions, he gave me some options for my hip; resurfacing or THR. Left hip has arthritis and worn out cartilage! He suggested a cortisone shot to help with the pain but I told him I am not a fan of steriods and not sure if I wanted it. Plus, I was not in that much pain. He very confidently said he does it all the time and I would be pain free and happy until we decide what we want to do and start taking steps to my options. I agreed and he gave me a shot in the anterior hip area which really hurt and felt like it hit deep in my joint or a nerve. I TRUSTED HIM AND AM MAD AT MYSELF FOR agreeing to the shot and will forever regret saying yes! He said it was normal and to go home to ice. Well, it REALLY REALLY hurt and I called my sister's husband to ask if this was normal (since he had a cortisone shot before I thought he would know) he also suggested to lay down and ice the area. The next day I could not walk! Since I am a fitness Instructor, I had to call my friend to cover my classes for that day and was hopeful that I would be fine to teach the next day. Pain continued to escalate and still not able to walk without limping! Now I was starting to worry and by that evening the pain was so severe my Husband took me to the ER where they put in on IV and administered detalled (sp?) for the pain! After Blood was drawn and Xrays taken, I was sent home with pain meds to wait for results. Fever kicked in that evening and I knew something was seriously wrong! Once again, I was at the ER screaming with pain and waiting to be admitted again. They had found that my blood indicated I was fighting off something and the Xrays indicated fluid in my hip joint. After I they gave me pain med, I was sent to get my hip aspirated. They had confirmed I had Staph infection in my hip and would need surgery to wash out area and insert a tube to drain out for a few days! Like everyone else in this forum that I have read, I had a PIC line inserted for a month of Antibiotics and lots of bed rest. This happened so fast, I just could not believe this was happening to me. You see, I am a fitness professional and I teach fitness classes, I manage the group fitness program and staff at a prominent club, do videos and consulting work. Being ACTIVE is my career and my life. To be stopped in my tracks like this was devastating! I have begun my long journey to recovery and at times I guess I was in denial and just though it would be a few weeks until I was back 100% teaching and being active! Boy was I wrong and after several set backs, countless tears and at times deep depression, I realized I had to find out about what happened to me, how long the recovery will be and if this has happened to anyone else. As I told my story, i discovered it's become common contracting STAPH from hospitals and doctors office! And how many people are in the same situation as I am. I am done with my antibiotic treatments and PIC line is out, have started doing light exercises and even have found my pilates classes and exercising in the pool more effective than the PT sessions. However, to date, I still have a limp and have some pain in my joint, feels like soft tissue and not sure how much longer it will be until I am 100%! My Surgery was on October 16th and I was wondering how long the recover is and if I risk getting this infection again, is there long term damage to my joint! I still need to address the original issue and not sure if I can survive another surgery and when I should get that done. And last, to add insult to injury, I NEVER heard from the original doctor who gave me this shot! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Any advice, experience or suggestion would be greatly appreciated! I am so glad I found this site and sorry to see how many others have experienced this same issue! It's comforting to know I am not alone!