My THR, right side, surgery is coming up in two days, on Wed July 18th. My hip history . When I was about 50, I developed problems with my hip joints, had sharp catching pain getting up out of a chair, and even hurting myself rolling over in bed. An xray showed OA. Alarmed, completely ignorant, and pessimistic to boot, I had visions of being in a wheel chair before long--maybe in the following year :( It seemed to me that my final opportunity in life to take dance lessons was at that time, as I would likely be disabled forever after... (insert violin music here). So I took up a variety of dancing: English Country Dance and a bit of Contra-dancing, and Ceroc, which is like Jive, and very energetic. After the first year of dancing lessons and dancing events, rather than finding myself disabled, I was 95% better. So that worked out very well for over ten years. The Ceroc/Jive led to East Coast Swing, and also some ballroom dances. I had a great crowd of Swing Dancing friends and we had a blast dancing to Big Band music. A couple of years ago, noticing increasing stiffness in my legs, I got a referral to our local OASIS Clinic. My left hip: 'moderately severe' OA, and the right one 'severe'. I could see the bone-on-bone on the X-Ray. I was almost in disbelief as I watched demonstrations of stuff I would soon be facing, like how to put on a sock with a plastic sleeve. I was told to choose a surgeon and get on the waiting list. How far I could walk? Unlimited. What was I taking for pain? "Nothing". Almost two years have passed since that first OASIS appointment, and sure enough I am having more and more trouble walking, and the discomfort increases. My right hip is very weak at times, and once in a while I feel like I'm on the verge of complete structural failure in that joint. I use walking poles when outside. My meds have been minimal to date, infrequent Tylenol.