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Suddem Onset Hip Arthritis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 22, 2008
  • 05:44 AM

Is this possible? I have had trouble with my right hip since my son was born 30 years ago. Suddenly a year ago, I was walking down a hallway and my left hip gave me a severe pain inbetween steps. From then on, I could no longer walk normally. Standing up from a sitting position brought me to tears because the hip would "stick". The orthopaedist took x-rays and diagnosed arthritis - I need replacements in both hips. My right is actually worse than the left. I was a pain management specialist who tried to determine if the pain was from a spinal nerve condition. I saw a rheumatic doctor who agrees with the orthopaedist. I am walking better now - the dramatic lurching has receded. But I still limp and I have had fairly severe pain in my left thigh since the initial incident.
I also have a myriad of other pains; shoulders, neck, lower back, and the hip/thigh pain sometimes radiates down to my ankles.
I am at a loss how to explain the suddenness of this condition. Can the arthritis cause symptoms to appear so suddenly, out of the blue like this?
I appreciate any answers from experts or others who have experienced something similar. Far as I know, I am the only person in the whole world -- ever! -- who has had sudden severe onset of arthritis. Very confusing to go from practically running up and down stairs to literally crawling up them that afternoon.
Oh, I am 52 and female.
Thanks for your help.

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  • our bodies just wear out...unfortunately..if you have herpes2, that can cause a lot of hip pain and symptoms of "give out", too...but...kind of like a car, our parts wear out and hip replacement surgeries provide relief so you can have a higher quality of life.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 03:10 AM
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  • It's not the wearing out issues that I'm concerned with. It's the suddenness, acuteness, of this condition that really puzzles me. My idea of arthritis is that it is something that comes on gradually with associated pain gradually getting worse. I've done a lot of web surfing regarding arthritis and have yet to come across anything that describes the sudden debilitating pain and motor loss. Let me again say that this occurred literally between steps.I appreciate any interest in this subject. And.... No herpes2. Thank you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 03:28 AM
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  • I also got sudden hip pain and found out that I had Hepititis-C and have had it for 30 years so you might check to see if you have the Hep-C antibodies present in your blood. Just another thing to look at????????
    buttinski 4 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 04:38 AM
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  • I second the test for viruses...hep and herpes 2...how do you know you don't have it? Have you had blood work for it lately? Half of the people who have it don't know they have it--no symptoms at all. It can cause a nerve flare, like between steps...that's why I threw it in..I suppose you could have gout in your hip..that would come on suddenly. It's really hard to say.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • February 24, 2008
    • 05:01 AM
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