Most of you know that I had to have two complete shoulder replacements last year because of the advancing arthritis due to all the spinal surgeries I have had.
My shoulders are doing great, better than before and most of my therapists and even doctors are amazed about the range of motion I have.
Now, I am faced with a total hip replacement, once again due to advancing arthritis. I am a candidate for the surgery now, but we would like to 1) Take the conservative route and go through a series of steroid injections or 2) Wait until I am 65, why, because hip replacements are good for about 20 years.
For now, to me, its a quality of life issue. If I can hold out for a while, I will, but if the pain continues like it is now, I will just have the replacement done.
The hard thing to swallow, is knowing that because of the arthritis in my body, I know my left hip is shot. But the doctor also pointed out from the X-Rays, that my right hip is not that far behind. And to continue that thought, my knees will probably be next.
Arthritis! Sounded so simple when I was young, it only affected the older people. Boy was I so ever wrong. I am now reading more and more about arthritis, unfortunately, its telling me things I already now.
It may be too late for me, but for everyone out there there are ways to delay arthritis, slow down its progress. From diet control (specific foods and herbs) to exercise, you may be able to manage it for a while.
I wish I had access to a web site like Spine-Health or their sister Arthritis site. It may not have changed the eventual outcome, but I could have been more pro-active about the disease.
Meanwhile, as all of you know, this will not keep me down. Nothing will. I will continue to move ahead, with every positive notion and attitude that I know about.
Nothing is going to beat me down, I am strong enough to fight everything and anything when it gets into me way.
I am very lucky to be on this site. Sure, I am the System Administrator and at times I can come down on people for doing something wrong. But I am also a patient, a chronic pain patient for a very long time. I only wished there was a site like this 20 years ago. But, I am still very grateful for what is here now and especially for all of you out there who have given me encouragement and best wishes.
Without all of you, life would be so much harder.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences