I have been reading the forum with interest for a few months now and thought it would be good to get some support and offer support to others.
I was diagnosed in May with a Cam Impingement in my left hip which has been recently been confirmed as mixed Cam and Pincer with a probable torn Labrum and a double Cam bump. I really struggle walking as I am unable to swing my left leg back and so my life has drastically changed in the last few months. I cannot stand for long and seem to have a problem in the right hip as well ? it has been diagnosed as a Cam Impingement but needs to be confirmed as I don?t have the classic symptoms on that side.
Have had the problem for about four years now. Have seen three consultants and as I said was diagnosed in May and saw an expert in the field last week. I have been advised to have Open surgery due to the nature of the Cam Impingement. I was originally referred to Prof. Griffin in Coventry but have never received an appointment and have been advised that if I do it could be another year before they fix the problem if they are able but this is uncertain due to the nature of the impingement. I was advised that privately the consultation would be £1800 and the surgery about £5000 ? this without any guarantee he can fix the problem. I am in so much pain I can?t wait. Have now seen someone in another Health Authority to my own as no-one deals with FAI where I live. Waiting for funding to be sorted out to get the treatment but this could be months.
How have people handled the pain while waiting for surgery and how do you move around? I just cannot physically walk far or stand for long but I am fairly young. I would love to hear your experiences as I am pretty low as this seems to go on and on with different parties arguing about who should fund the surgery and no progress being made.
Love to hear from you.