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arthritis of the hip or chronic post hernia surgery pain

Is there any definitive way [MRI?] to tell if my pain is chronic post surgery pain or if it is hip arthritis?

I had hernia [inguinal - insertion of mesh, and umbilical - sutures only] surgery last year.  After some time [a couple of months?] being relatively pain free and doing a lot of walking on vacation, the pain came back when I undertook 2 projects in the house that required much usage of stairs and a lot of up and down, squatting, and kneeling.  It has gotten worse.
Hernia doc sends me to orthopedic doc to take x-rays of hip for possible arthritis.  Orthopedic doc thinks it's arthritis, but, to my ears, doesn't sound like he's sure.  A friend is a PA for orthopedic doc and does surgeries with/under his orthopedic doc, and does a lot of clinic type stuff.  He looked at my x-rays, and is less than definitive with what he thinks is causing my groin pain.  Will soon be going to another doc.
Is there any definitive way [MRI?] to tell if my pain is chronic post surgery pain or if it is hip arthritis?
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323551 tn?1255174750
after 7 months of testing my docs still aren't sure if the majority of my pain is from the hip or lower back since both areas are highly arthritic. All that I can add is be 100% sure before any surgeries and make sure you get a 2nd opinion!
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