i have osteo-arthritis in my hips. when i first joined this forum, I was yelling for help. I was in total shock that i couldn't walk without crutches, so i sympthised your sister's condition.
Because I was so frightened with this illness, I was in a very depressive state. I'm 29 yr old, so u can understand why I was being very depressive. I got to the point where the pain was so bad, that i spend the whole day lying on my bed looking at the ceiling and wanting to cry but couldn't get any tears out.
My option was to have a hip-replacement. But the idea of such surgery just freaks me out, and i don't want to think about it.
i've tried hydrotheraphy, and accupunture but that only excruicates the pain.
what i did was i started using hot pads on my thighs, so that i could have a better sleep and it did help. then i started taking glucoasmine...i'm not sure whether it's diabetic safe for you guys, but anyway, I take it in the hope that it rebuilds my cartilages.
Then, later, I was eligible for an immune suppressant drugs which is designed for rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis sufferers and to my amazement, during my 4th infusion, the hip pain has gone away. i am not able to walk, but can't run.
the pain will go away eventually so don't give up hope. use this time to rehab and try to avoid doing strengthous tasks.
BTW. protein powder might play a role to your health because I read it somewhere that protein powder speeds up recovery and build healthy muscles and cells. so I have taken a while.
Last edited by jimmyhonda; 11-05-2006 at 05:20 AM.