I was about 4 when I remember my hip pain starting. Took until just after my 9th birthday for the doctor to take x-rays. He took them to show me nothing was wrong and came back almost in tears because he said they showed my hips were so bad I shouldn't have even been able to walk. He was so sad because he felt he should have paid more attention and noticed it because he also had hip problems himself).
I am 44 now, at least if I remembered the year correctly...was telling people I was 44 or 45 before I turned 44 as I am not always in tune with the time of the normal world
Outside of 6:30am/pm when I am supposed to take a certain set amount of pills from one of those weekly pill containers I often don't remember what day of the week it is. To me there are days my Wife is home and days She isn't, not so much named days of the week.
I was working full time and going to college part time when I fell down and started the quick downwards spiral towards being no longer able to work. All I had through work was a 14 week disability policy. Took me several years to get on SSDI and I didn't know enough to get a lawyer. When I finally did get on I only got 6 months of back pay instead of the 3 years it should have been, but statute of limitations got me too.
Did make for some very tough times as we got married in October, I fell in January and since we were young and she was just out of college, low salary. Low enough that my factory job as a laborer/cleanup crew during the winter/ forklift driver, unloading dock night shift supervisor during the summer paid a lot more than she got even though the company I worked at was terrible for it's low pay and weak union (even though it was a Teamsters union).
My brother has a theory, and my normal doc agrees with him, that I just overloaded my systems ability to handle the pain by pushing through it all of those years from 4 until 22. I did lots of things I shouldn't have done, including working as a landscaper during high school, working hauling and cutting firewood starting only a few months after my first surgery at age 9, wrestling in high school and college, playing football my senior year of high school (got to play varsity until a teammate broke his hip. Coach pulled me about 5 plays after the other guy got hurt and I never got to play in another varsity game the rest of the season) After that they got a special ruling that let me play on the JV team even though I was a senior thinking that it was less likely I would get hurt).
I have been stable on my pain pills most of the 12 years or so I have actually been able to get decent pain pills. Had to change dosages when I changed from oxy-contin to ms-contin (insurance rules, the *********'s) and then again when my knees got worse. Basically once the correct level was found I have been able to stay at a stable dosage for years. I don't quite get enough ms-contins to control it enough now, but if I did get the amount I need I wouldn't have hardly any type of alert life at all. So I do without the extra 2-4 pills I need to make it so that I get a few hours awake most every day and on the average day get about 12 hours mostly alert and awake. I do pay attention to my intake before I need to drive and my Wife is almost always around when I use any power cutting tools or has made sure that I am alert before okaying my doing it without Her around...which is a seldom ok as She would prefer She was around no matter what when I did that type of stuff just in case. When I do that kind of stuff or drive without Her I have to call Her when I am done or get to where I was driving so She can stop worrying.
As for the bathroom problems you mentioned, I really know what you mean there...One bit of advice, Fiber One bars. 1/3rd of daily fiber, taste good. Up until recently I needed to have 5 a day normally for 5/3rds of my daily fiber and even then things were not as they should be. But the baby thought....been there, done the screams.
Better stop before I scare the healthy people away from me.