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Cortisone injection in hip for osteoarthritis

Happy Friday!
I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left hip. A hip replacement is inevitable, but I hope to manage the pain (which has been getting worse this year) for a while, before facing surgery. I got my first infection on October 1 (16 days ago), hoping for some relief for my daughter's wedding that was on October 10. I regret to say that, so far, I am not feeling much relief at all. I have times that it feels ok, but as usual, after some activity, it is fatigued and sore again. I also have some new pain, which seems to be around the point of injection. Can anyone relate, or share some hope? I was really hoping to get a break from dealing with the hip issues, if only for a little while. I have moved my follow up appointment up a few days, to see what they say, but so far, their response to my questions have been pretty generic.

I am new to all of this so I appreciate hearing about your experience.

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I presume you meant to write "injection" and instead wrote "infection". On a short-term basis steroidal injections are appropriate. On a longer term basis the risks outweigh the benefits. Ask your physician about prescribing a transdermal lidocaine patch, to be worn for no longer than 12 hours a day. You will also find medical grade DSMO cream will be helpful. Do not apply DSMO undiluted (in a cream this is already done) and make sure the skin is squeaky clean where the cream is applied.
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Thank you. Yes, I meant injection. I appreciate your comment.
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Hi again Dianne.  :)

I just answered your other question to me on the Thread below of hip arthritis -travel.
I just want to encourage you to get your hip implant as soon as you can so you won't suffer anymore.  My 2nd implant that was done poorly was done when I was 61 years old and the 3rd was done when I was 63. Now, as I said there, I'm getting ready for my 1st implant in my right hip and I'm 69.  My Mother broke her hip when she was 81 and had her hip implant put in then.  She had great results from it. So don't be afraid of it, once it's done you will be very glad you did it and probably wonder why you waited so long to do it.  :)

Do be careful of 2 many steroid shots. They can be very dangerous.  I destroyed my entire immune system by taking steroid packs for my Chronic Bronchitis and now have to have IV Infusion's every 3 weeks for the rest of my life.  PLEASE proceed with caution.  

Good luck.   ........      Sherry   :)
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