I just moved back to Massachusetts from California. I have had some hip pain for years, probably from arthritis (which showed as mild to moderate in x-rays) or a combination of arthritis and bursitis. Since I just have a part-time job without benefits now, I purchased a new health care policy here, which (although expensive) has a $2000 deductible. When I went for the first time, they took new x-rays and said the arthritis is now severe. The orthopedist (who I didn't like and wouldn't go back to) said I need a cortisone shot now and could get a hip replacement whenever I wanted to. He said the shot would be done by a radiologist in a hospital setting (and I'd have to pay for out of pocket). It's true, my pain has been a lot worse recently, but I figure it's because I'm walking a lot more than usual and had been only wearing sandals--and also stopped taking my glucosamine/chondroition/msm. Also, my furnished apartment has a very hard bed and uncomfortable sofa. I'm shocked to find out I need all this--and right when I have to pay a lot out of pocket. Have any of you had the shot (which sounds scary), and is it worth the expense and hassle? Does anyone know what it would cost? He didn't mention any alternative treatments.
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