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    Default News from Islander. Good news? Bad news? You decide

    X-rays ---> Diagnosis: severe osteoarthritis of the hips. (I told you it hurts to walk!)
    Next step: consultation with orthopedic surgeon on hip replacement.
    Dr. Google says: 6-8 weeks recovery, 6 weeks no driving.

    I live alone. I'm actively farming and gardening, but pain makes this lifestyle increasingly difficult. There is no 8-week period in the year when I don't have to carry firewood and/or 50# grain bags...nor a week when I don't have to drive.
    I think I'm screwed.

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    Default Re: News from Islander. Good news? Bad news? You decide

    Sounds like you need to recruit a younger person you can trust that would help you temporarily, possibly in exchange for room and board and a free learning experience in the University of Hard Knocks among other things. Good luck, and think of the positive side - once you recover the pain should greatly subside.

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    Default Re: News from Islander. Good news? Bad news? You decide

    How about increasing (Great Lakes) gelatin and bone broth for more collagen in those sore joints???

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    Haha Grulla, I've been on GL Collagen for at least 4 months in addition to bone broth and actual jello. I've also been taking glucosamine with chondroitin, 1800 mg, for almost two full months. No improvement. That's the point at which Tx + pain sent me to the x-ray station to get the verdict.

    Ora, I've had a series of offers from friends [yes, my age and younger] to spend a few days to a week to possibly as long as a month as house guests and helpers. That's in the first 24 hours of posting it to Facebook. I've also been reassured that the healing time is much shorter than Google's estimate, and to do the right hip first since that's the one I need to drive sooner than those 6 weeks.
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    "Islander", try google searching the minimally invasive practice and procedure of inoculating collagen in deplete joints. Here is one link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0428074648.htm

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    Grulla, according to that article, the treatment is preventive of osteoarthritis rather than a cure or treatment for it. Further, the expense is apparently not covered by Medicare or other health insurers.
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    Default Re: News from Islander. Good news? Bad news? You decide

    Good luck Islander. I hope you can figure it out.

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    Thanks, bmc. I hope to know more soon!
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