I am currently going through the exact same thing; I also don't want to go through a hip replacement. I am 71 and have walked with a slight lip for a year now due to hip osteoarthritis. One day I went to get up, the pain was so severe from my hip to my knee that I could not put any weight on the leg and could not walk for four hours. I was in tears it hurt so bad. Went to orthopedic and got my first steroid shot a couple weeks ago. I was told a total hip replacement is in my future. Very scared to go through the procedure and recovery. Add to the problem; I live alone, have 14 steps up to bedrooms and 14 steps down to basement for laundry!