Joined Nov 19 2013
27 years old
Hi, my name is Rachael and I am 23 years old, I was born with hip dysplasia.
When I was 18 months old I had my first surgery, which involved a femoral osteotomy & a tetanotomy. I also had a metal plate fitted with 5 screws to hold my hip in place (which are still in situ now), I was then placed in a spica cast for 3 months.
Up until I was 17 years old I had a normal, pain free life. However, since the age of 17 the pain in my hip has got progressively worse. I have been told that due to my original operation my hip hasn't developed properly and is very abnormal, therefore causing osteoarthritis. I was firstly sent for 2 years of physiotherapy, and when this made no difference I tried acupuncture.
In January 2013 I had a hip arthroscopy operation in which they tried to re shape the femoral head and pelvic cup, after this I had 3 months of intense rehab, unfortunately my pain has since only got worse.
About a month ago I had my first lot of cortisone & anesthetic injections. Again these made no difference and the pain is still the same. I am however being listed for more injections this month where I am really hopeful they will make some difference.
Failing this, my consultant has advised me a full hip replacement is my only option going forward. I am very dubious about this due to my age and the risks of the operation. However if the pain continues to progress I do think this is my best option.
I signed up to this site because I think it is really helpful to read other peoples experiences and also talk to people that are in the same sort of situation.
Please feel free to ask me anything else if you would like to know more