Hello all you wonderful people! I just thought I'd go ahead and introduce myself. I've been lurking about for a little while until I was able to finally get the email confirmation to confirm it. Yay! It's now working and I can post. Ok, so I am 53 and I'm a mom to 2 adult "boys", ages 23 and 20. Also wife to my Hubby. We have a beautiful chocolate lab/Catahoula mix girl who makes all our lives so very joyful. We also will soon have 3 older chickens, which we would like to add some new chicks too, once my "Hippy" adventure is over. I work at our local high school as a special education paraprofessional. (Think, walking on concrete all day long) My hip journey began probably back in 2008. To make a long story short, I tripped over some boxes at work and ended up herniating a couple of disks, including the S1. I also believe that it is when all my hip issues began, although workers comp paid for treatment of my spine, I didn't realize that maybe my hip was involved too, but I'm almost positive now because I started getting arthritis not long afterwards. Fast forward a few years, I've had cortisone shots in the past to help with the hip pain, but opted to forgo anymore of those. I visited an orthopedic surgeon in 2012, hoping to find out what was going on. He saw some arthritis going on and told me if I lost 20 lbs, it would help my hip. (This at a time when losing weight was all but impossible for me, I tried and tried and nothing seemed to work.) I left the office very deflated. Fast Forward to this year. The pain in my hip is not being controlled by any OTC meds. I had been walking my dog for 3-4 miles at a time, and recently, the farthest I could walk was about 1-1/2 miles. I know that doesn't sound bad, but I would hurt so much even after that, I had trouble getting down to a sit, then getting back up again. Standing in classrooms was excruciating Just standing to cook a quick meal or do dishes was bad. Then, I ended up with Frozen Shoulder and had to visit the same OS a couple of months ago (He's the best one in the area). I wanted to discuss both my shoulder and my hip, but the shoulder first since I couldn't move it. That is now getting resolved, so a couple of weeks ago, I had another appointment for my hip. I told him, "You told me to lose 20lbs last time we discussed my hip....well, I lost 50!" (insert smiley with tongue sticking out here) Of course he was happy to hear it, He took x-rays of both my hips. My left one has a very long bone spur, which scraped off the cartilage on the femoral head. My right hip also has a bone spur, but not as big and it's not really at a point where it needs intervention at all. He gave me 3 choices. 1) Live with it and take Aleve everyday for pain (Was doing that, not really working for me) 2) Take some of the pressure off my hip by using a cane (Also, wouldn't work for me at work, or when walking the dog) 3) Total Hip Replacement Surgery I bet you can guess what I chose. But I wanted to discuss it with the hubs before giving my decision, so this past Friday, 4/27/18, I went back to the office and we scheduled my surgery for July 3, 2018. I feel like I am too young to be held back from things I enjoy and that keep me sane (walks with the dog) so I thought that the hip surgery in the long run would be the better choice for me. Tomorrow, the hospital is supposed to contact me to schedule all my pre-op stuff. Sorry this got so long. But there's my story, I'll add as my adventure continues. Oh! Wait...I have a question. What is this "log leg" that I have been reading about?