The pain medication will eventually stop working..i went through the otc ones , also celebrex and bextra...all worked in the beginning and that it got to a point when nothing worked. You are all right, it will effect your quality of life. I saw what happened when my mom put it off...so when I had these problems I got to the point where I just didnt want to wait. I thought why put it off when it will only get worse and worse. I was in so much pain, walked in pain with a limp, and was feeling depressed about it. I made the appt, was so scared, but in the end was so happy I didn't wait any longer. You will know when it's time to do it...when you start to feel this way, just do it...don't keep putting it off. YOu will be happy when you see that the horrible pain will be gone and you can get on with your life.