I've been having hip pain and mostly severely reduced range of motion for the last...12 or 13 years. The last couple years it's gotten bad enough that I just can't do much of anything strenuous- and I just turned 51.
I have put this off and put this off for a very long time. Doc says it's a "slam dunk" that I need the surgery, that my hip is seriously worn out, that I have zero hip joint and the top of my femur is being worn off, and that I have bone spurs and "junk" around the joint. He was the second opinion LOL.
If I don't do anything, it doesn't hurt that much, although I do limp a lot (and have been for years) because of stiffness. But I can't put on my shoes right, or get dressed without sitting on the bed, or exercise, or anything else. I'm tired of that, I want to be able to move again.
I have short term disability that will pay 60% of my gross salary with no taxes, for 3 months. I have a boss who's already asking if I will be able to work from home (to which the answer is not really, no). Luckily I have great health insurance and the whole thing will cost me about $1k out of pocket not including co-pays.
But I'm really down about it. Not looking forward to having to recuperate, and I'm really dreading having myself cut apart. I know it will be better in the end, but I just wish more than anything that I could avoid it forever.
There is so much to do, prepare, and think about- and I live alone. My parents will be around to help, but they are in their mid 70s and I don't like to ask them to do too much.
All in all, it just sucks. One thing I do look forward to is being able to get on the stationary bike again and exercise. I've turned in to a huge marshmallow in the last two years because I can't move very well, and I only do what's necessary every day.
Just wanted to whine for a minute, thanks for listening :)