So sorry to hear of these medical problems and hope that they are resolved soon. I shall stop moaning about my hips as luckily there is a solution (replacements) although the recovery is quite long the pain is now minimal on one side and once the left is done I hope to be fairly normal. I have been suffering for over three years with varying degrees of pain and know how debilitating it can be. Take care all of you.
I'm glad the hip replacements so far have been successful. An aunt of mine had both her's replaced (several years apart) and it made a tremendous difference to her life just to be able to walk normally again and to be free from crippling pain. Rehab does take time and requires a lot of patience and perseverance, but you will get there in the end.
Thanks - I actually think it is probably easier for me. I have had disabilities from birth, and have no real concept of not being in some form of pain or other. I have learnt to code a fair bit of of it out. I rather think it must be a lot harder if you recall times when you didn't have to cope with it. Besides its a handy excuse for being ratty a lot...!!!
I truly can't imagine what it would be like to be in constant pain throughout life and I greatly admire your courage and sense of humour.
I have osteoarthritis in my fingers (due to years of pounding a typewriter) and the pain did get very bad for several years - like red hot needles were being stuck into my finger joints - but fortunately it has eased off considerably now to a very tolerable level with just occasional relatively mild flare-ups. I began wearing a magnetic bracelet about three years ago and that seems to have helped, although I admit to being very sceptical at the time, so whether the improvement would have happened anyway, I don't know, but I've no intention of parting company with my bracelet to find out!