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I have had two surgeons tell me I need a THR. They both said from the X-rays of my right hip it’s mostly bone on bone. From what I have read I should be in a lot of pain but I only have a lot of pain when I walk a lot and try to carry something heavy. I am scheduled for surgery 6/22/20. Trying to decide if I need a third option?
 

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I guess the only options are to do it or don't do it. It's all up to you and you know it's one on bone and how much it hurts. From what I know the only fix is a THR.
 

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Hi @okie68 good to have you here on the forum! :wave:
You know, that’s the million dollar question, “do I really need the THR surgery and when is it the right time?”
So , first of all,:welome: to the forum and please take time to read some of the stories on here, you will learn a lot from them.
We have some good articles that just might help you make your decision, so will leave them here for you, too.


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If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:



If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:


Hopefully this helps your decision making a bit.​
As for myself, I agonized, too. Then my hip started deteriorating quickly and the wait for surgery was pretty tough. Just something else to think about.​
 
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An additional thought, Many of us went for several consults with different surgeons.
I did it mainly to make sure that I gathered my information well, and also to choose the surgeon that I felt the most comfortable with.
You say you have pain when walking and lifting things, it sounds like you are already finding that the right hip is limiting you.
Good luck with the decision, we are here for any questions..
 
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Hello @okie68
Welcome to BoneSmart, thanks for joining us. I didn’t suffer a lot of pain myself. While I did experience pain, it wasn’t overwhelming and I rarely took any pain relievers. However, my world was shrinking. I was staying home more often, turning down engagements, calculating how far I’d have to walk, or how many stairs I’d need to climb before I went anywhere. I circled the parking lot looking for the closest space and while shopping, I’d lean heavily on the cart to relieve any pain I did have. I started to ask myself often if this is how I wanted to live. I knew THR was in my future since I had the diagnosis. One day I finally decided ENOUGH and scheduled surgery never looking back. My decision was based on my ever shrinking involvement in life. I took a chance for a brighter future and have never regretted it. You’ll know when the time is right.
A great rest of the week to you!
 

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I had swelling in my knee that refused to go away. The slightest amount of exercise or stairs made my knee stiff and achey. This was before my joint was bone on bone.

My sibling has bone in bone arthritis in her knee and the joint isn't painful, but she does have problems with stairs.

We are all so different!
 
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I want to thank you all for your comments.

CricketHip the links are very helpful.

Layla it sounds like you describing me exactly.
 

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Hi, and welcome. I am in the “I waited too long camp.” I had been having pain for a while and it was here then it was there. I went to my family doc and his PA and they were treating me for sore muscles and tendons with anti-inflammatories and PT. I really worked hard for a few months trying their suggestions. I kept thinking I was just not doing things right, even finally consulting a chiropractor. The pain was bad and I went back to family doc. Taking an X-ray had gotten lost in the shuffle. Even from across the room I could tell that the hip wasn’t right. Yep, bone on bone. As bad as it was, surgery was 5-6 months down the road. I was going to be completely disabled. A little divine intervention and it was 2 months. My recovery was longer than most and I attribute it to waiting too long. The muscles and tendons had already been asked to do more than their fair share. My point: if I had had the chance to do my hip surgery when the pain wasn’t so bad, knowing what I do now, I wouldn’t have hesitated in the least. Most people here would agree: bone on bone pain only gets worse and seems to accelerate after a certain point. We were all scared, some of us terrified but I was more afraid of what I couldn’t do than the surgery itself. The decision is yours. We’re here to help.
 
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Hi, and welcome. I am in the “I waited too long camp.” I had been having pain for a while and it was here then it was there. I went to my family doc and his PA and they were treating me for sore muscles and tendons with anti-inflammatories and PT. I really worked hard for a few months trying their suggestions. I kept thinking I was just not doing things right, even finally consulting a chiropractor. The pain was bad and I went back to family doc. Taking an X-ray had gotten lost in the shuffle. Even from across the room I could tell that the hip wasn’t right. Yep, bone on bone. As bad as it was, surgery was 5-6 months down the road. I was going to be completely disabled. A little divine intervention and it was 2 months. My recovery was longer than most and I attribute it to waiting too long. The muscles and tendons had already been asked to do more than their fair share. My point: if I had had the chance to do my hip surgery when the pain wasn’t so bad, knowing what I do now, I wouldn’t have hesitated in the least. Most people here would agree: bone on bone pain only gets worse and seems to accelerate after a certain point. We were all scared, some of us terrified but I was more afraid of what I couldn’t do than the surgery itself. The decision is yours. We’re here to help.
Thank you Hip4Life. I have been treated for everything from sciatic nerve, bulging. I had two rounds of PT and injection in my back. My doctor sent me to a back surgeon. He took an X-ray of my back. He told me he was 100 percent sure it was not my back and sent me to a hip surgeon. He took an X-ray of my right hip and said it was bone on bone. My Primary care doctor didn’t know anything about him and sent me to another hip surgeon. He told me the same thing the first one did. I guess after so many misdiagnoses that’s why I am not sure. I think you are right if I wait to long I may have more damage.
 

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@okie68 I am one who waited too long for the first THR. I did think it was all spinal related since I have had spinal issues for many years. After limping around for years I had a hip x-ray. By that time the hip had collapsed. Recovery from that THR was very long and complicated. Old habits are hard to break.

You don't need a third opinion. Just find a surgeon you are comfortable with and go for it! This surgery is life changing.
 

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Welcome to bonesmart. I am also in the camp of waiting too long but not directly by choice. I was being seen and treated by the PA at my PC office and a chiropractor for what everyone said was my back. I had PT for many weeks including water therapy that did not help, I had spine manipulations that did not help and then had two sessions of spine injections from a specialist and still same pain. I finally made an appointment with my PC and not his PA and he examined me and caused me to scream moving my hip and sent me immediately for a MRI. I think it helped that my PC has had hip issues and surgery himself. Once I had the MRI ( I worked in Diagnostic Imaging at that time so had a report very quickly) I immediately called my OS for an appointment. I already had a relationship with his office since he had replaced both of my knees. I was seen quickly by his PA who is quite wonderful and scheduled for surgery. Unfortunately had a 5m wait since he is busy and I waited since I really trusted him and my knees were doing so great.

The wait is difficult with pain and a shrinking world. I did use a cane constantly and arthritis Tylenol regularly to help with the pain. I was already on Celebrex because of my thumbs but nothing really helped. I basically did as little as possible during the wait.

It is a hard decision and a very personal one to go ahead with surgery. I can only say I was so glad to have the pain gone and my world expanded again. Everyone here will answer any questions you have as they come up so ask anything. So much experience on this site to help with pre and post surgery questions and issues.
 

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This is for okie. I learned I was bone-on-bone in 2019 and was still jogging. I kept jogging until February 2020 when it became too uncomfortable and I began walking. My THR is scheduled for early September and now my hip is hurting. So I would say that with bone-on-bone, waiting to be sore is not the best idea.
 
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This is for okie. I learned I was bone-on-bone in 2019 and was still jogging. I kept jogging until February 2020 when it became too uncomfortable and I began walking. My THR is scheduled for early September and now my hip is hurting. So I would say that with bone-on-bone, waiting to be sore is not the best idea.
Lovetojog you’re right. I have decided to have my right hip replaced 6/22/20. I have got to where I can’t go to the grocery store and shop without leaning on the shopping cart because my right hip hurts so much. Thanks
 

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Ooh, boy do I remember the agony of trying to grocery shop! I could barely get through about 20 minutes before giving up.Luckily I have a helpful hubby, he would go in with me, and when the pain became too much I would limp to the car and rest while he finished up.
 

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@okie68 happy that you've made a decision and have a date scheduled. I remember that unbearable right hip pain all too well. Hubby was working in another city so only came home on weekends which actually was good since I was pretty much useless.

I would get up, get ready, drive 45 minutes to work, stay there for 9 hours a day, drive the 45 minutes back home drag myself into the house put on pajamas, clean the litter boxes, make sure the cats had food and crawl into bed. Definitely not the way I wanted to live my life, I am much too young to feel that danged old!
 

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