Thanks for reminding me about iron-rich foods, DeeDee. I knew about dark, leafy greens and have had some of those. Forgot about peanut butter, which I like on rice cakes.
In answer to your question about my hip, I developed a rather rare disease called osteonecrosis (literally "bone death") which can hit any of the large joints. I know of some people with multiple joint involvement. Fortunately, mine has thus far contained itself to my bilateral hips. The blood supply is cut off to the femoral heads and they die and disintegrate, and the femoral head collapses. I had the left one replaced first, and had to have a revision of it 3 weeks later when the cup slipped out of place (they replace the acetabulum/cup, femoral head, and about half of the femur (long bone in the thigh.) I had the right hip replaced 6 mos. later. Unfortunately, these replacements were not done correctly and in time started to dislocate. I had the left one revised again 3 yrs. ago, but at Mayo, and the rt. one revised on Aug. 12th of this year, by the same Mayo orthopedic surgeon. I should have no more trouble with my hips and just pray that other joints don't become affected. I cringe when I see people on long-term prednisone use, as that is the #1 cause of osteonecrosis. In my case, they think it was due to heavy, long-term drinking, although I had been sober for 16 yrs. when I was diagnosed. Had the initial replacements been done correctly, I would not have needed subsequent revision surgeries.
Because of the hep C and cirrhosis, I am tired doing nothing. Surgery takes a lot out of anyone, so right now I am just trying to regain some strength and stamina, but am still healing.
Thanks for asking.