After "saving myself" so to speak for my trip to North Carolina and then Montana, both of which would be full of hiking, biking, watersport, etc., I am happy to report I made it through both better than I ever expected. I was able to do most everything I wanted with slowing down a bit and simply being aware of how my hips were feeling. When I thought they needed a rest, I stopped.
I hiked a lot of fairly steep trails with NO pain or discomfort whatsoever. I was most concerned about long hours in the car and in flight, but was not affected much by that either. My biggest complaint would be the occasional dull clunking deep in my groin. I hate that feeling although its not painful. It is however down right yucky and creepy. It absolutely drives me crazy.
I am amazed at how much I continue to improve. There have been days when I hurt pretty bad and feel discouraged, but they are few and overall I would have to say that I am 90% pain free most days. I think what has helped more than anything is being aware that I have hip issues and learning to avoid what bothers them. Most importantly, I am finding returning to activity levels I am happy with, so far has been successful. The only thing I have cut out indefinately is yoga, but with pilates still in the mix I can live with that. Also, I feel that Yoga may have contributed to some imbalances I have developed.
I hope this will serve as hope to those of you considering non-surgical alternatives to your hip issues. We'll see what happens...thanks for listening.