There is absolutely no correlation between arthritic aging changes and pain. Arthritis limits mobility, but does not "cause" pain (although the structural anomaly may 'trigger' it). Arthritis is one issue, pain is quite another. I read above where a 42 year old did a bunch of lifting and biking and then suddenly in two weeks, he was racked with crippling hip pain. Arthritis doesn't work like that. "
I had it diagnosed. It is osteo arthritis. No if's, ands or buts about it. It runs in my family. The symptoms are absolutely textbook. The doctors (more than one) confirmed that is absolutely what it is.
I believe you either misread, or made some assumptions about the sequence of events. It didn't go from completely fine to "crippling" overnight. It started as mild discomfort and over the course of some months, got worse. I wouldn't call it "crippling", but it was definitely getting bad.
No offense, but I will take my evidence, which includes diagnosis by trained medical professionals over some random on the internet telling me it is due to my "unconscious emotional life" (whatever that means).
"bjj- I had my first hip replaced at age 45, almost 8 years ago and it's doing great."
Can you tell me how bad it was before going under the knife? Mine is doing well now due to a combination of lots of PT exercises, losing some weight, moderate used of ibuprofen and avoiding movements and positions that aggravate it.
If I wasn't so into climbing and other sports, I probably would barely notice it on a day to day basis.
I would love to have it completely "fixed" such that I can do wide stems and big left foot high steps / rock overs again, but I'd rather avoid surgery as long as possible.
Before doing hip replacement surgery, it's a very good idea to have both hips X-rayed to see if the "normal" hip and the "injured" hip have the same amount of aging changes. If they do, what's wrong exactly with the hip that's being replaced? Test, don't guess.
I've had several very successful joint surgeries, and my understanding is that contrast MRI and or CT is the only way to get a clear image of soft tissue in / around a joint and even then there can be surprises during an invasive procedure.
I should point out that my surgeries (so far) have been to repair traumatic injuries, not degenerative problems which are a different situation altogether.
Anyway good luck and good fortune to everyone. Getting old in any kind of style is not for the faint of heart.
At 45 , my right hip was shot.. top of the joint was almost concave.. I asked what my alternate was and the Doc said "in 6 months , you will bein wheelchair"
I was dragging it as the dead leg. A recent xray showed no decline or wear after 8 years... No more Devil's tower 5.12 but other than that, not really any huge issues. You do know it's there though and I guess thats good- I hear disloctions are pretty bad.
With the hip a couple weeks ago, the Doc stretched things out a bit (quad, psoas, etc) while inserting the implant. it hurt like hell for a week, but now it's OK. I guess this is a way to keep the dislocation risks down (and get the atrophyed muscles going)
I'm on the thera bands now and start swimming saturday
There is absolutely no correlation between arthritic aging changes and pain. Arthritis limits mobility, but does not "cause" pain (although the structural anomaly may 'trigger' it). Arthritis is one issue, pain is quite another
This is absolute baloney. Tissue becomes inflamed around the arthritic joint and to the afflicted one becomes indistinguishable from the other. It is true some people have osteoarthritis limiting motion or strength without accompanying pain (my mother did after an accident, at an old age), but one should not generalize.