I was here a number of years ago when I shattered my knee. I thought for sure they would come back later and do it, but they never did. They gathered up the pieces, gathered them into some sort of mesh bag, and put it back in place, or at least that's how I understand it. It's been maybe 5 years, and this knee still gives me pain once in awhile, and I certainly can't walk any marathon. (Not that I'd want to) But it's still a pain! I just live with it. About 5 months ago I injured my hip. It was either from a fall, or sleeping in the drivers seat for some hours, maybe both. But either way the pain didn't start right away, then one day I felt pain from my lower back straight to my knee. I figured it might go away soon, so I took some ibuprofen, and carried on. A week or two later, the pain was still there, and wasn't getting any better. Some reading and talking to other people seemed to indicate sciatica. I decided to see somebody about it, but couldn't get in for about a month to see the bone and joint specialist. So I made an appointment, then decided to go see a Chiropractor. My wife had seen this guy once before and had good luck, so I gave him a try. The dude was a bear of a guy. I mean big! He put me in a position and tried to pop my hip. Somehow, this position entailed crushing my thigh between him and the table. I didn't notice right away, but the next day my thigh felt as if I had bicycled 15 miles up a mountain. A week later, I was still in so much hip and leg pain, that I decided to take a percocet I had in the cabinet. It helped quite a bit in conjunction with the ibuprofen, until I ran out. A few days later, I couldn't take the pain and went to the ER. They took some hip x-rays and sent them to my Doc. Doc gave me a shot in the back side, and said my hip was swollen. He gave me a 6 day steroid pill pack, and told me to report back, it didn't help at all. He scheduled me for a steroid shot under a CT scan, but that was gonna be two weeks away. He gave me some cyclobenza-something to relax the muscles, and some tylenol 3. By this time, I am up to about 15 ibuprofen every day, and totally relying on a cane. I went back to the Chiropractor, and told him his work didn't help any at all. He gave me another adjustment, and damn if he didn't do the same thing, and crush my leg again. Two weeks later I got the CT scan shot, and it helped, but not much. It did relieve the hip pain enough though to let the thigh pain through, and it was bad. In the meantime, the muscles in my leg started snapping and popping, like if you drag your fingers across the knuckles of a fist on your other hand. My wife could hear the noise from across the room. I just saw the specialist again, and explained how nothing seemed to be working. I have gone through tons of Ibuprofen, tubes of aspercream, bottles of Biofreeze and every other ointment out there including, but not limited to Emu. I stood on my leg to show him the snapping. He told me that was normal! No. No, it's NOT normal Doc, and it hurts. He now says that I need to see a physical therapist, but that won't start for about three weeks. My knee is killing me, my hip feels like someone hit it with a hammer, my thigh is a mess, and he wants me to wait another three weeks like this. I am at month five of this stuff, and I'm about to go insane with this 24 hour pain. I can sit easily, but standing, walking, or worse, climbing into bed is torture. I asked him for some percocet, he said no. We don't want people getting addicted. Yeah, I sure would hate to get addicted to being free of pain, and being able to get something done around my property. I'm a grown man, I'm 56, and I think I can handle something as simple as percocet without getting upside down with it. But no. He gave me something called Meloxicam. It worked for about two days. This is hell. Doctors don't care. I fear I need surgery.