Bad News

Sunday, November 10, 2013

So lately I've been having horrible pain in my lower back and hips. I was on the maximum dosage of over the counter meds and was prescribed a more powerful medication to help the pain.

Last week I had my appointment with the hip specialist. I've been crying and worrying ever since.

The doc looked at my x-rays and told me casually that I had severe arthritis in both hips. He recommended both hips be replaced within the next two years. Keep in mind, I'm only 25.

I'm scared.

Other words like "congenital condition" and "hips like a 90 year old" were used. He said that in order to have full movement of my legs I'd have to have the operation. Without it, my bone spurs would get bigger and I might lose more functionality.

Bone spurs? I didn't even know what bone spurs were until last week.

This came out of the blue entirely. I was hoping that he would say everything was fine and refer me to a physical therapist or recommend yoga.

Seriously? Hip surgery? I don't want any kind of surgery, especially one that would put me out of work for months.

So I'm going to get a second opinion this week. Hopefully my condition isn't as bad as the first doctor claims it is. If it is, I'll accept it. I'll accept that I have to have surgery.

Right now I'm still in the stage of denial. I don't want to believe his diagnosis. There's still hope that it was just a misunderstanding.

I'm still scared though.
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    Good luck!

    2466 days ago
    God bless you. I'm praying for your peace of mind, first before you get a second opinion, and then in case that dr confirms the first opinion, that you will have God's own peace regarding the entire thing. It sounds like a real smart idea to discuss with a dr about having the less-invasive surgery. A friend of mine (in her late 60's) had it, and she was back in church less than two weeks later.
    2469 days ago
    Also see if a two incision (mini hip) option is available for you. The healing time is less, chance of dislocation is less as well. I've taken care of lots of patients that have had that done, and it seems to be much easier on them than a traditional long incision hip replacement. Good luck!
    2469 days ago
    If you do have to have surgery on both hips ask if it can be done one at a time bilateral hip surgery is very hard on you.
    2469 days ago
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