I had my ortho appointment this morning and they took more xrays. They did the hip series today. Ugh is all I can say. They showed me the pictures and you know how the ball joint is supposed to rest in the socket like O)? Well on my left hip, the ) part is deteriorating horribly. It looks like it is melting into my pelvic bone. I guess its my top pelvic bone. No darn wonder the hip hurts so bad! The right one only has some mild pitting that is viewable by xray. What is really concerning to both the doctor and me is that I dont normally show the arthritis well on xrays. It normally is much worse when they open me up. Sigh. I dont know what this means for me except I have a feeling Im a time bomb. This one idiot intern was in there with me and I asked him why this was happening to me and he said "its arthritis, it happens as one ages!" ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im 45!!!!! This has been happening to me for at least the last 10 years if not longer. I first went to a doctor about my knees when I was 24 I think. I dont think I qualified for elderly then and I dont think I was elderly at 35. Heck...I had my first scope at 41 and that wasnt elderly! I am dealing with arthritis that looks like what people in their late 60s and 70s deal with. Not mid 40s. I want to know why Im progressing this fast. No one has an answer for me. Maybe Im asking the wrong specialty. But...this specialty is giving me the suprax injections again. I think that is the name of this batch. A series of 5 injections of gel in my knees. Then they did the steroid injections into both hips...ouch! Next week when I go back for the next gel injection they are going to xray my back and do injections into my spine. Oh joy! I should be able to water the garden soon and glow in the dark!