About a year ago I started to get the odd twinge in my right hip. I put it down to strains and aches and pains etc, but in the last few months it's got steadily worse. Back in May/June I noticed that I was sometimes struggling to swing my leg over the bike. Three weeks ago I went on a camping weekend. I slept on a sleep mat rather than an airbed, and couldn't get to sleep as I was so uncomfortable. Since then the pain in my hip has got steadily worse, so much so that I have hardly been on any of the bikes, and it got so bad that I decided to see the GP. He sent me for an X ray, having warned me it was probably arthritis. That was a week ago, and today I have been back for the X ray results. I have what the GP described as "moderate degeneration" of my hip. He has referred me to a specialist and I've got an appointment for a fortnight's time. In the meantime I've fallen out with codeine (too stoned at work!!!!!!) and so I'm now on tramadol. On Tuesday evening I decided I'd have to see what it was like on the bike, so a quick 5 mile jaunt up to Buckstones and back. No pain at all whilst actually cycling, but when I go to the top of the climb I discovered I couldn't actually swing my leg over! When I got home I had to lay my bike down on the floor to get off it. Not ideal! So, any other hip sufferers out there? I'm 48, so don't want necessarily to have it replaced just yet. With any luck it may respond to one or two other procedures (he's mentioned steroid injections and arthroscopy as potential solutions before replacement) It'll be interesting to see whether the tramadol can get the pain down enough for me to brave any rough stuff in the near future!!!!!