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smendes 05-07-2012 10:44 PM

Recent Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis
I'm brand new to the whole world of posting in threads like this, but I'm really trying to gather as much knowlege as possible on this topic.

I'm 38 and was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis. I have been told my bone is too straight, the socket is too shallow, and I have developed a significant bone spur on my pelvic.

It took many tests and before they finally took an x-ray and MRI that showed the problem. The first orthopedist told me there was nothing wrong, but the second one said there is definitely a problem. They have only looked at my right hip, even though my left hip feels very similar...just not as bad.

I received a cortisone injection in early March. It helped for a couple of weeks, but then the pain started creeping back in. I'm now dealing with pain to varying degrees pretty much all of the time now. I am a gastric bypass patient (4 years ago), so I am not allowed to take any anti-inflammatory medications. The pain is now interferring with everyday activities like driving and even shaving my legs.

I'm very active, especially during the summer. With the weather warming up, my activity has already started increasing and so has the pain. I'm flying to Florida this summer and I'm really concerned about being able to tolerate a 6 hour flight...not to mention being able to keep up with my daughter on this trip.

I am going back to see my doctor Wednesday and would really like suggestions on questions I should ask?? I'm feeling frustrated and confused by all of this. I don't understand how I was able to go this long without someone finding something that has supposedly been with me since birth. Anyway, I would love to hear from others in the same boat. Thanks!

janewhite1 05-07-2012 11:25 PM

Re: Recent Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis
My father was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and arthritis in his early forties after many years of sports and distance running. He was able to stay active for several more years, with some pain, but eventually had to have both hips replaced when he was 50.

He is now 60 and still doing well. He doesn't run any more, but he swims, walks, bikes long distances and goes skiing.

Now, it does now sound like you are near needing a replacement. Osteoarthritis is mostly just the wearing away of the cartilage in the joint. Depending on how advanced yours is, there may be smaller surgeries that could improve the function of your hip joint. Actually correcting the dysplasia is a big deal, but if the arthritis is still slight, it might make sense. Otherwise, debriding the joint (removing bone spurs and other junk) can sometimes relieve pain.

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