Exactly Dobbersky. Only people who persisted with Judo are usually people who are passionate about it or people who want to compete at the highest level. I heard of a guy from Edinburgh (originally from NI) who fought at a high level in tournaments for a long time. He sustanined a lot of joint damaged which directly lead to an arthritic condition. He had arthritis from the age of 38 and was forced to quit Judo.
Martial arts should enhance persons life IMO, not take away from it. It gets to a point where you have to face the reality of training.
Hope you get well soon Leo, and as before, consider BJJ when you are well if you still want to grapple but reduce injury risk.
"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food"