I've enjoyed your thread discussions - I had left hip replaced in August and it seemed just about when I didn't need to rely totally on my right hip anymore, it decided to quit on me. The pain was eerily familiar - and I denied as long as possible. When I went for my 6 week check up, my OS xrayed the right hip and yes, it was in bad shape and needed replacement. I wept. Now, 2 weeks post op on the right hip - I'm glad it happened the way it did. I'm not pain free (way too soon for that) but even now, the discomfort is nothing like before - I walk with less fear of pain, move better, and see the light at the end of this particular tunnel. The one thing about hips---- we can try to hold off getting them fixed, but when they decide it's time, it's time. Keep up the good work and enjoy the holidays.