Too young my ass!! I am sheduled for surgery for THR on 3rd feb next year and I am 45 - I have had my right hip scoped and it lasted a mere 5 months before the pain returned when I went back for my 7 month post op visit I told him about the horrible pain and was sent for an xray there and then and within the hour I was acting like a guppy flapping my mouth with very little noise as the THR verdict was told to me ...... I m bone on bone with next to no cartilidge and marked narrowing of the joint
I would tell him to get his act together give you your life back - if this fails get a 2nd opinion!!! These doctors dont live with the pain and cant understand how debilitating it truely is - and living on very little sleep is not good for a person or those around them. I feel your pain in more ways than one
Get a second opinion. You are not too young. What does he expect you to do - sit around for the next ten years and die of boredom!! There are several methods of doing a hip resurfacing, one is not recommended for over 50's but the others are fine and in fact are the standard ones used in the UK.
This whole hip thing is a nightmare and some of these consultants so flippant!!
Totally agree i was offered a THR at 33 yrs old, and i know someone who actually had one at 22 yrs old. But i got a second and third opinion and thankfully i've saved my hip with a TPO similar to a PAO so it should be 10yrs before i need a THR.
It can't hurt to ask around more doc's xx
Thank you thank you thank you!
I'm going to do just that, get a second opinion. I want my life back!
I'll totally echo what the others have said. I was told (I'm 35) to just wait until the hip got so bad I couldn't bear it and I just wanted to get on with it after an arthroscopy in March which showed significant damage and narrowing of the joint space. Although I got lots of pain relief from the scope I couldn't get my head around the fact that I was facing potentially 18 months-2 years of uncertainty and increasing pain levels and have had a second and third opinion. Saw my third opinion yesterday who's doing THR on 27th Jan as he doesn't see the point of putting my life on hold any longer - so get that second opinion from someone that regularly sees young people with hip problems !
I have my second opinion on 17 December with a guy that specialises in Birmingham hip resurfacing and alternate options for younger adults, I'm looking forward to seeing him
Thanks for the support everyone - once again this forum is fantastic.
Ali how wonderful to hear from you!
I sincerely hope that you do qualify for a resurfacing. It's true that a THR is something they want to hold of doing because it's the last step & only lasts for so long before they need to do another. And I guess they factor that we young chicks are too active, well the wear & tear on the new hip compared to someone much older... I can see why they are hesitant.
So fingers crossed for you for the resurfacing!
I could theoretically start calling the hospital to find out when it's my turn but in a way I'm a bit leary & ashamed that I wasn't able to lose the weight. Instead of losing the 20lbs I gained it making me 40lbs over the acceptable mark
It's frustrating really. Not trying to make excuses but if my friend's horse wasn't so out of the way, I would go take advantage of the offer she gave me. He's a big boy so very much a weight bearer, has the characteristic smooth gaits of his breed & demands you to convince him that he should work properly. So you do end up having quite the workout.
I still don't have the cash to buy myself a new saddle for either of my mares so... Besides, it's so wet right now that the ground is very greasy (clay bleurgh, I hate clay). In a way I wish I still lived with my parents, there area is all sand, so you can pretty much ride year round in any weather.
My sturdy little mare Heidi colicked last week, her gut shut down imediatly, the vet was there within the hour of me finding her & told me to prepare myself to have her PTS, she was that bad. He's been her vet for the 11 yrs I've had her (got her when she turned 4yrs old) & he was very surprised at her predicament.
Since I don't have a barn/stable, I stayed with her, in my driveway with either a flashlight or the lights of the car until any gut sounds were heard. Even though it took 6hrs before I heard a faint noise, seems like time becomes non existant.
I expected my hip to be sore, but halfway through both my hips were in incredible pain. My youngest son was nice enough to take over for me as I sat down for a while.
I've noticed though that even before that, my "good" hip has started to ache sometimes. I hope that when I get the resurfacing, that ache in the good hip will stop.
Ali are you on FB? It would be nice to keep in touch, you're barely on here (well I'm one to talk... I'm barely on here also because I don't feel I don't have much to contribute)
Good luck with your 2nd opinion!
Good to hear from you. Don't worry about the weight-what do they expect when you have had to wait so long for the surgery. I am sure once you have had it you will be able to be more active and the weight will come off then. You might also find that the good hip will be better when you are not overcompensating and once you have lost the extra weight that will help it too.
Sorry to hear about Heidi, we had a similar experience about 2months ago with our old mare ( nearly 30) really thought we were going to lose her, colic is so scary. Hope shes ok now.
Hope you get a date soon, it seems like you have been waiting forever,
keep in touch