I found out two weeks ago I have bilateral AVN of the femoral heads. I had a CT scan for my kidneys and it was discovered. It is not collapsed and appears small. When my PCP called the house to see if I was okay, it was like ‘uh, well I guess not if you are calling’. I have had lower back pain for a couple years that I attributed to over work or sciatic pain. Just self diagnosed and went with it. I am 55. When I hung up with PCP I immediately went online and read till my eyes bled lol! I waited two agonizing weeks to see a osteopath. He suggested flosamax. I said no. He then moved to core decompression with bone marrow stem cells taken from hip. Like he wanted me to decide right then. I was overwhelmed and ready to cry. I needed to get to work and couldn't make that kind of decision right then. geez! So I am a theatre teacher middle school and have a play coming up in December just started a new school year and I asked if this could wait a month or so. He said no I needed to tell him tomorrow. Drugs or surgery. I am not in tremendous pain but I have some bursitis in the most offensive hip (L) and no pain or very little in right. But I think it is getting worse...down leg knee. But tolerable. He put me on vimovo (anti inflammatory ). So now here I am. I just don't want to have core decompression. Plus he said I could have surgery on Friday and go to work Monday. Really? I can drive and only need to use a cane. I walk about 5-8 miles in building a day I work 10 hour days during play season and on Saturdays. I am in theater teaching on a incline stairs just to turn on lights and stairs each end of stage and he seems to want to do it like in next two weeks. Said "there will be other plays but you only have one set of hips". Right! I also have no disability insurance and 10 paid days leave. Can't this wait till summer and I can have THR? I mean by what I am reading here there is no grantee I will be able to work at all. I certainly can't on crutches. And I don't know what state disability I can get. I really can't afford to take months off work. I am flipping out! Advice anyone??