My hip is wearing out. Of course, these things happen as you get older. It’s happened to quite a few of my friends and acquaintances, in a number of instances at an age younger than I am now. And the approach in each instance has been the same: while you can manage the pain, do so; the next step is the hip injection, and only as a last – but inevitable – resort will there be a “hip replacement” operation.
So I’m at the “pain management” stage. It mostly occurs at night time, and sometimes is brutal. I’m learning as I go what strategies work best with regard to the taking of medication. Physio and heat packs have a role, too. Yet at other times, I’m hardly aware of the issue. I don’t know what triggers it.
A side effect is that it makes medium-term planning a little tricky. We want to do some travel over the next few months, but it’s a bit hard to make too many plans while there are issues such as this in one’s life.