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Knee & Hip Problems Message Board

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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this site and am enjoying reading some of your letters. Encouraging. I'm a 49 year old female that had juvenile arthritis in 8th grade, but overcame the majority of it's effects with diet and the love of riding horses. I am small and thin and very active with my work. I'm an artist and setting up shows requires tons of lifting, pushing heavy loads, twisting and turning. (the time during the show is spent on my butt!) A couple of years ago I thought I had just pulled a muscle getting in and out of my van. Went to the chiropractor who had x-rays taken. I was aghast to find I had severe hip dysplasia in both hips due to osteo-arthritis (I JUST KNOW I'm butchering the spelling of these words!) Not believing this would inhibit my active life, I came to have some fear after dancing wildly one night and experiencing the first bout of pain in my life. Since then the right hip is quite a bother. I've even picked up my first bottle of pain meds (haven't used it yet). And what makes it worse, is the left hip is now beginning to chime in. I'm beginning to feel I'm a bit screwed (sorry). My question is how active any of you have become after surgery. I don't know WHEN I'll be having it, but it seems inevitable. I'm single and self-employed. If I don't load in and out of shows, I don't make a living. I haven't had a horse in 5 years, and I dance rarely (and quite a bit easier)..BUT I MUST make a living. I've read the internet stuff, but I want to know from a real, living breathing person. (I'm also in CA up north where the weather has been wet, but rarely real cold...if that makes any difference)
thanks Jonanie

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