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Current Condition: Diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease with nerve root compression, End Plate changes, Hip Arthritis
Current Medication: OxyContin
Tests Had: X-Ray, MRI (Lumbar) MRI (Hips and Pelvis), Discogram. CT
Prior Surgery: None Orthopedic. Deviated Septum repair with Turbinate Reduction, Gall Bladder removal,
Current Medical Problem: Aggressive Hip Arthritis with joint space reduction, spurs, osteophytes.
Started using a cane in the mornings. Rest of hip joints about every 100 feet. Hip Pain causing loss of sleep.
I have been in pain management for about 15 years now. I have always taken the "conservative" approach to treatment. Refused lumbar spinal fusion at L4,L5 because I have heard to many horror stories about recurrent problems.

Any direction to a thread on HIP Arthritis would be appreciated.
All the best to everyone.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Welcome to the forums- I know that you'll find a lot of information here and others that share in similar pain! I am 26 and underwent an L5/S1 fusion on 5/1/13 due to some of the same conditions that you've been diagnosed with. I, like you, didn't want to undergo spine surgery of ANY type because of the horror stories I heard. However, the worst story I heard was from my surgeon stating that if I didn't get the surgery I could develop a lot worse things like foot drop, and bladder incontinence. I knew that if I didn't undergo the surgery, I would develop those things, deal with the horrible pain, and more. Plus I want to have kids soon and there would be NO way that I could carry a child with that bad of pain. So, think about the effects of not getting and getting the surgery. I am recovering VERY well-- long road ahead but I feel so much better just 4 months out.
    Olivia Douglass
    MIS TLIF L5/S1 on 5/1/13
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