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.