Wow avonldy, you have really been through it! I am glad I started this thread. Being new to this message board, this thread has helped me to understand how many others there are out there like me.
I am fortunate that I have not yet had any joints replaced, but I've been having a lot of pain in my right hip for a few months now. It's scary to me. I am so sorry you have had to endure so much without knowing what was wrong for so many years. Isn't it maddening!