Considering hip replacement - bone on bone. Have compressed lower vertebrae, scoliosis, painful knees, arthritis almost everywhere and fibromyalgia. Using walker 1 yr. Cane several yrs before. Been walking hunched over for so long can hardly straighten now. On leg with bad hip I haven't been able to straighten it while laying down for several years. Afraid I won't be able to accomodate life with hip replacement due to all my other problems. Am 70# overwt., but have lost 50# over last 5 months. Hope to be at normal wt. by time of surgery. Am a passionate gardener in spite of all this, using low, rollng cart and bending over while standing. I sleep in a recliner with pillows under knees due to lower back pain. Have been told that these things will be impossible after surgery. Would an power recliner work? Can't imagine life without gardening. Am director of a children's gardening program. I've tried a kneeler, but too painful for knees. Is there any hope for continuing my gardening in future? Also I am the librarian for small library, a job which entails working with books on lower shelves. How would I deal with that dilemna? Thanks for any suggestions.View Thread
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