Hi, so glad to find this forum. I'm booked in to have both hips replaced 4th October. I'm currently getting things organised for post op and trying to get things easier for hubby to manage while I'm away. He'll be looking after our five dogs. I've been struggling trying to lose some weight but not doing too well with that :( I used to love doing aquarobics very actively but with a bad back and both hips sore all I can do is gentle walking and exercises in the hydrotherapy pool a few times a week. I so miss walking the dogs too! I have multi level facet joint disease in my back and was initially sent to a spine specialist who gave me a cursory examination, looked at my X-rays and told me to see someone for my hips. I did as I was told and he thought it was my back. So I then had cortisone into my spine which helped for one day. Next was cortisone into my right hip which did give me some good relief for months. Cortisone into my left hip only helped a couple of days. I am so looking forward to new hips but dreading recovery. Reading posts in here have certainly lifted my spirits! My friend, who told me about the forum, had hers both done at once and has been very positive but I thought maybe she just did very well. Heartening to read of others! I am worried about how my back will be during and after recovery.