OA DIAGNOSIS- do I need to seek more ...

OA DIAGNOSIS- do I need to seek more advice for treatment? Not confident in GP

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#1 Dec 2, 2013
I am a 41 year old woman reasonably healthy, but been getting on/off pain in both hips.

6 weeks ago, while walking it felt like what I can only describe as my hip popping out of its socket, it was very painful to walk on and 6 weeks on both hips still feel sore at times, along with lower back Very stiff after sitting for my office job,(people comment I am limping).

Although movement ok in terms of touching toes, I can no longer sit crossed legged and certain movements feel restricted.

I have had hip X-ray which has revealed little early bilateral rim osteophytosis and minor degenerative change in symphysis pubis (suffered when pregnant and could barely walk).

Saw my gp today and she didn't seem worried, said to just carry on as normal but to 'lighten the load' where I can (I'm not overweight-carrying things)i pushed her to refer me to Physio and further blood tests as my shoulders sometimes click/hurt (mildly). But there will be no need for me to have further check ups and she didn't seem that interested.

Should I be pushing for any treatment or any other investigation at this stage? Or is this a general approach to early evidence of this condition?

I want to check I am doing everything I can to reduce the pain and further damage (my grandmother had osteoarthritis in her hips and was wheelchair bound by age 35).

Any advice appreciated.

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