I finally have a Dx

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quahog
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   Posted 11/9/2010 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been years coming but I finally know what has been causing my low back and hip pain.

I went to see a Hip specialist who after looking at my image studies Dx'd me with FAI or Femoral Acetabular Impingement Syndrome.

So it looks like I'm going to need surgery in the near future.

I'm currently studying to become a Physician's Assistant so this is definitely going to cause some difficulty.

I guess I'm going to have to take a break from school for awhile.

Still in a strange way I'm happy to finally know after all this time.

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/9/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice to see you postings, sorry about your needing surgery..
Sure hope that'll help. Keep us posted as the surgery date draws closer,
and hopefully this will only set you back a semester or two, but please
keep working at getting your PA, it'll be so much more worth it...
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Anniewhereugo
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   Posted 11/9/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It's always nice to know the reason for your pain. What exactly is being impinged?
protruding discs, c-4, c-5 and c-7 with spinal cord impingement, which is causing numbness, pins and needles and peripheral pain.arthritis of the left knee

quahog
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   Posted 11/10/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
The Femoral Head on both legs for some reason is deformed and when I move them they impinge on the cartilage (Labrum) which lines the joint. If left untreated I will need a both hips replaced.

It can cause severe hip pain which radiates into the groin, low back pain, and can even affect the knee

It's difficult to diagnose which is why it's taken so long for me to get answers. It could also be that several years ago not much was known about the condition and not much could be done to correct it.

Thankfully they can treat it today.

At this point though I'm not sure what it's going to require to get this fixed. I'm scheduled to have a MRI Arthrogram so hopefully that will shed more light on what's going on

Post Edited (quahog) : 11/10/2010 3:44:31 PM (GMT-7)


MsBunky
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   Posted 11/10/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem quahog - in my right hip for sure (MRI confirmed) and probably my left hip as well. I have both the CAM and Pincer types.

I hope you are able to get your surgery done quickly. I live in Canada, and am now almost 8 months in to waiting to get an appointment date with the surgeon. Yes, you read that right...8 months and counting, just to get an appointment date. There is only one surgeon in Calgary who does this type of surgery and he picks and chooses his cases, so it could be months or even years before he sees me. So much for our medical system in Canada being so wonderful.

I am going to consult with the Mayo Clinic to see if they do the surgery, as I believe they work with our Provincial Health boards regarding payments.

I hope things go well for you, so you are quickly on your way to recovery.

hugs,
Pam
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solar powered
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   Posted 11/11/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi quahog. It's good that you finally have a diagnosis. It's not so good that it is FAI. When you find out more about the surgical fix please let us know. I have a friend that had FAI and had this extremely complex surgery to fix it and it turned into a disaster when she fell on that hip 10 days post-op. She did end up getting the hip replaced but has had complications with that also due to the first surgery for the most part. I had encouraged her to go conservative with the surgery because you can always do more if needed but impossible to take complex back if things go wrong. And things did go wrong but hard to know how things would have turned out if she hadn't fallen. I'm not trying to scare you. I just want you to weigh all the options, conservative and complex, before jumping into anything. Second or third opinions may be a really good idea also. I wish you the best of luck. Please keep us posted. Lisa
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cogito
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   Posted 11/11/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have been diagnosed with FAI, particularly my right hip.

In 2004 I was in a car accident and, among other things, had considerable hip pain. MRI indicated that the cartilage was severely damaged and the doctor also reduced the femoral neck while cleaning up the joint. The surgery helped a little. But I know of a few others who it has helped far more, including someone who had severe groin pain and had a testicle removed prior to determining the actual cause. Since the surgery, he has been pain free.

Apparently, those of northern European decent are particularly prone to FAI -- if I recall about 20% have overly thick femoral necks.

Bear in mind that by reducing the width, your risk of a break increases. But if the pain is considerable, that may be worth it.

Expect about 3-4 weeks before you're able to drive and about 4-6 months before you're able to walk without a cane or crutches (my doctor underestimated these numbers -- he said I would be able to drive in a week). I actually still need a cane when I'm going to be very active -- but can get along without it 80% of the time.

ReactiveConstellationNE
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   Posted 11/13/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
quahog said...
It has been years coming but I finally know what has been causing my low back and hip pain.

I went to see a Hip specialist who after looking at my image studies Dx'd me with FAI or Femoral Acetabular Impingement Syndrome.

So it looks like I'm going to need surgery in the near future.

I'm currently studying to become a Physician's Assistant so this is definitely going to cause some difficulty.

I guess I'm going to have to take a break from school for awhile.

Still in a strange way I'm happy to finally know after all this time.


That's good to hear, Quahog. I don't know if I'm still posting under the same name or not (I keep my somewhat aggressive-sounding name because people might recognize it, I've used it in the past), but we've talked in years past and I'm glad to hear that you've at least made that much progress. I wish you all the best.
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