It sounds like we have some similarities! So, back in March, when I was told that I needed I right hip replacement, the surgeon said that the left had maybe 2 or 3 years. When I went back for my 6 week follow up after surgery, he said it was bone on bone.
I had some pain on the left before surgery and was told the same thing..."It is because you are putting all of your weight and compensating". This left hip doesn't hurt like the right one did before surgery. I was bone on bone for a long time as well. I was hoping that once the right one was well enough, everything would be good. I can definitely tell that this other one is leading down the same path. I have to be cautious of what I do, what shoes I wear etc. Perhaps it "was" hurting because I was compensating, but maybe all of that compensation accelerated the degeneration. (?) I am trying everything that I can to strengthen the muscles on both hips, so when the time comes, it will be easier to heal.
Who knows, I may be able to go for another year without surgery, but after experiencing the pain of the right hip, I DO NOT want to feel that ever again. The right one feels so much better, I want the left to be the same.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask me any questions that come up!
Have a great weekend!