I'm 48 years old. I was very, very active in sports all my life until about 40. I had played a lot of basketball 3-4 times per week, tons of baseball/softball 80-100 games per year thorugh my 20's. Once I reached my forties I started experiencing more pain each time I would work out or play. Lower back pain was my thing in my late 20's and 30's. Never had much hip pain other than normal exercise pain. At 43 I slipped on the ice outside my house and tweaked my right hip. Didn't think much of it, but did I find out quick just how bad off I was. I started getting some real pain 7 to 8ish at night that I couldn't bear. It was different pain, not just from working out. I went to the doctor and of course because of the lower back issues, this pain in my right leg was diagnosed as sciatica. Gave it a few weeks to heal and the pain didn't go away. Kept calling the doctor and finally they gave me an MRI to see what was going on. Pretty inconclusive, couple more weeks go by. I'm in agony at night. Just tried to suck it up. Doctor put in rehab for the sciatica......immediately the rehab person looks at me, does a few tests and says....you have a torn labrum in your right hip, I'm almost positive. He said his son was experience the exact same symptoms I was when he tore his labrum. They ordered an MRI with contrast dye and sure enough that was the problem. I left my small town and went to a bigger ortho center to see what I needed to do. Once the films and MRI's were looked at they could plainly see I had a nasty cam impingement that had shredded my labrum. I was 43 so they decided to do arthroscopic surgery. Although arthritis had set in bad enough where the labrum wasn't fixable. So I went through the surgery where they cleaned out the bad labral tissue and smoothed the cam. It was my first big surgery and required 6 weeks of crutches. I was use to pain so it wasn't so bad. Recovered well but was never the same again. Very achy with any type of exercise. Through this process I learned that my left hip had a much worse cam impingement but it didn't bother me like the right. At least not yet. I was also told by my spinal doctor when first looking at my lower back xray, that "wow you have a bad left hip". Fast forward to this spring, I was 47 and my left hip was really starting to give me some business. Even from simple dog walks or yard work. I golf a lot and I just was not able to play anywhere near where I once was. One day I walking up to a green and noticed how badly I was limping. I really started getting some heavy pain at night again in the left hip. As summer went by my golfing was down to a very minimum. Yard work (that had to be done) was all I could muster. I went to see my family practitioner hoping to get some pain meds to help me through the real bad days. I was told by looking at the xray that I had "mild" arthritis in my left hip. Use ibuprofen, etc. This was heartbreaking, ibuprofen...really? Mild, really? How could I be in all this pain....and real pain, not just the daily stuff I've had for 7-8 years. I decided to see a different ortho center and see what was really going on. It was eye opening. The doc told me I had 70 year old hips...there wasn't any beating around the bush. I needed hip replacement starting with the left hip. My appointment lasted less than a half hour and I was in the car headed back home on a 4 hour ride. I couldn't fathom how quick this appointment was and how quick the diagnosis was. I pondered it for a week or so and finally bit the bullet and scheduled my surgery for about 6 weeks later. I wanted to deer hunt first, and it was a good time for me to be sure this was what I wanted to do. I pushed myself hunting and it was apparent immediately this needed to be done. Today I am 3 weeks and 4 days post op. I am doing well as far as I can tell. My surgeon is 4 hours away but I have been able to keep contact over the phone. As of today I am 3 days off pain meds. I had a problem with the original pain meds (dilaudid), they made me itch something fierce so I was put on Vicodin 10 mg, and that was good enough to get me through the last few weeks. I am still experience some pain and tightness in the joint. As well as some minor burning sensations on the outside of the thigh. I had an Anterior THR. The last few days I have really been up and around moving with one crutch and doing a few things around the house, going to town a running one or two errands. Nothing too major. Seems like things are going well with the replacement. The last few days my right hip has been hurting as much as my replaced hip, because of the extra stress put on it. I haven't been able to sleep very well at night, I usually wake up every 2 hours or so, sometimes able to fall back asleep and sometimes not. I've been off work so I take naps during the day to offset the loss of sleep. I'm concerned about my sleep patterns, but hopeful they will get back to normal, which I haven't had in years. All in all I'm glad I went through with it and hopeful it will help my life become less stressful and painful. Sorry this is so long, but I needed to write all this down and thought this would be as good a place as any. People just don't understand unless you have been through the pain. Good luck to all who are thinking about THR, or are recovering. Keep you chin up and be grateful we had a condition that can be fixed.