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Posted by Kristie on December 01, 1999 at 02:04:58:

In Reply to: accupuncture posted by Gramps on November 30, 1999 at 20:50:50:

: My arthritic hip causes enough pain to make me limp but I can get used to it. What really bothers me, is about every 6th, 8th, or 10th step I get a shock that nearly drops me. It must be a nerve, but the Rhumy says it could be when I touch bone on bone. If it is a nerve, does anyone know or think accupuncture could help? Thanks,Gramps

Hey Gramps--
I just wanted to say that I bet it is bone-on-bone. You sound like how I have been over the last year, and for me the x-ray clearly shows its due to bone-on-bone. It is severe pain, and it doesn't get better. That's why I figure I should quit on the meds, which make me feel awful, and just do the hip replacement. My other hip will be gone soon, too, the x-rays show, so ...
But I have heard that acupuncture works well for pain. I know the cortisone shot I got -- a month ago now -- is still working. It stopped my limp and nearly eliminated the stiffness and arthritis symptoms. I can feel when the bone scraps, and sometimes it hurts a little, but it is not that jolting shock that sometimes would make me faint and stop me in my tracks.
I just wonder how long the cortisone will last. I wonder if anyone has had a shot in the hip joint (it was done under x-ray) that has lasted for 6-9 months, as the doctors suggest this could?
Anyway, Gramps, I wish you luck with the acupuncture. I don't think I'll venture there myself.
Kristie

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