I'm trying to deal with a new spinal arthritis diagnosis with not much help from my dr. or insurance company. I'll try to make a long story short. Seven years ago I started experiencing knee pain. It took me five year for anyone to try to help, but I finally got a left knee replacement at age 56. Shortly after, hip pain on the same side started. I waited two years for the knee to heal in case that was involved, then I went to my knee O.S. X-rays showed the hip is not arthritic, but the lower spine is. Referral to "Spine Guy"...another month in pain. "Spine Guy" says x-rays show degenerative, arthritic spine damage that could explain my hip pain. He orders an MRI. Insurance company refuses to pay. So I am now in 4 weeks of physical therapy that is supposed to tell them something, but just makes my lower back muscles sore. The hip still hurts if I try to do any one thing....standing....sitting... sleeping... for more than one hour. I'm sure the strengthing exercises are a good thing....but I still hurt. My dr. says I should take Advil as directed on the bottle. Hello...I've been doing that for a very long time. I'm refusing to try to work as a substiture teacher because it involves so much standing and walking without sitting down. If you sit down as a substitute teacher... you are dead meat!! I retired as a full time teacher a year ago because of my pain and hoped subsituting would be easier because I wouldn't have daily lesson plans, parent conferences, papers to grade...etc. It didn't work out that way. So.... "Spine Guy" says he is filing an appeal to the insurance company. I'm just so depressed and tired ..... I don't really give a rip about what the insurance company wants to do. I'm going to do my part by doing the physical therapy and setting a wieght loss goal. I will not do anything that will make the pain worse and see what happens. I know I am not the first person to ever have this happen. I learned from my knee replacement forums that so many others have the same problem I have so I am looking for others who have spinal arthritis that is causing leg pain to help me deal with the hoops one has to jump through to get some help. I can do without the work...but I have my first grandbaby coming in the fall and I will not give up moving aroung at age 58!!