I Finally have an appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon!!!!!!

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MsBunky
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   Posted 3/8/2011 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear HW Friends,

I haven't been posting much as my pain levels have been all over the place, and my fatigue has hit hard. I've been waiting for almost 10 months now for an appointment with a hip surgeon to evaluate my right hip - an MRI showed a condition called Femoroacetabular Impingement (both CAM and Pincer), where the head of the femur doesn't sit in the hip socket properly.

I've been waiting to see this guy for so long, as there is a surgery that can help immensely, and would hopefully prevent me from ever needing a hip replacement.

Well, today I finally had a call from Dr. J's office offering me an appointment THIS THURSDAY afternoon!!!! I almost cried on the phone I was so excited!!!! I just hope and pray that when I see this doctor and after he's examined me and viewed new x-rays, etc., that he will consider me a viable candidate for surgery and that it will be booked and happen soon (but not before my CRUISE this coming March 26th!!!)

I am truly beside myself with happiness! It's been a long and very painful wait. My hope and prayer is that after the surgery is done and I am healed, there will be a lessening of pain in the pelvic area and that I will feel better physically in many ways. I know that I'll still be dealing with the other pain issues in my life, but even just to lower my pain a point or two would be fantastic.

Yay!!!! I am the happiest girl in the Forums today!!!! smilewinkgrin

straydog
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   Posted 3/8/2011 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Woohoo, that is wonderful. I do hope the appt goes well and the dr says you are a candidate for that surgery. That would be great. Why did it take 10 months to see an orthopedic? I know you are not in the states just can't remember where you live. I think that is pathetic to have a wait like that though. Is is that way for all specialist?

Let us know how the appt goes.
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MsBunky
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   Posted 3/8/2011 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Straydog,

Thanks for your note! Yes, I am in Calgary, Alberta Canada, so unlike in the States, the wait time to see a medical specialist is pretty bad. Waiting several months for tests like MRI's is pretty common as well. It really boils down to not enough providers or equipment to manage the population and it's needs.

Some waits are longer than others. For some reason, it can take up to a year to see a specialist for hips and knees in particular. Most other specialists have waits of up to 6 months as well, so unless you pay at a private clinic, you're stuck with it.

Pam
DX: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Type 2 Diabetes, Reynauds, Visual Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Hard Start for IV's, Unable to vomit due to surgery.

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   Posted 3/8/2011 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   

 

     Congrats! I know you have suffered with this for a very long time shakehead

       Lets hope that all will be well, and you can grab some quality life back.

       SE wink


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   Posted 3/8/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   

 

  Dear MsBunky,

   Goodness, it sure is good to hear from you. Even better that you are finally getting in to see a surgeon. It was so hard to read about everything you were going through for so many months!!! Gosh, we will say an extra prayer that this surgeon will be able to help as quickly as possible!

*warm huggs!!*
        dani


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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/8/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, Pam, I can remember when you needed this appointment so long ago!! I'm so happy for you. Update us after the appointment.... hope it's a valuable, informative visit. Will be praying for you.

I know what you mean... I know I've got life-long CP, but even coming down one or two notches would be a wonderful thing....

Thinking of you - yeah! :) -Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

momtofourangels
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   Posted 3/8/2011 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats MsBunky. i'm glad to hear that you finally got your appointment. Ten months is so long to wait. I hope you can get that surgery and that you'll feel better afterwards. Good luck.

Yahoo

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Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

MsBunky
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   Posted 3/11/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, here's an update on the visit with the Orthopedic Surgeon:

Overall, the appointment was good. Dr. J is very nice, has good "bedside" manners and he listens when you're talking. He sent me for x-rays first, then did a physical exam of the hip - bending, twisting and turning me into a pretzel...so (more than) a few tears were shed. His diagnosis is that there are definitely problems with the bone and the tissue in the right hip, but he wants to try a steroid shot directly into the hip joint, to see what happens. He figures though that arthroscopic surgery is probably in order.

He is concerned about the fact that because I have Fibromyalgia along with some pretty severe Myofascial Pain, it's hard to say if the hip pain is actually from the hip joint, or from one of those two issues - that's why they try the steroid injection. If you get pain relief, then it's a safe bet that there is pain that is definitely coming from the joint. He told me straight up though that he can't guarantee this will lessen my pelvic pain - it's impossible to say if the pelvic issues are related to the hip or not, so only thru surgery and a full recovery afterward will we get the answer to that question.

He said that only in a last resort would he do an open surgery, using a larger incision - because any type of surgery can cause the Fibro and Myofascial pain to become worse, with no guarantee of it subsiding, so you want to do as little as possible to "upset the balance" while still treating the hip completely.

So, I go back and see him 6 weeks after getting the steroid injection (and that should hopefully only take a month to get done) and report back what happened (I have to monitor the pain level hourly, then daily after the first two days for the entire 6 weeks). Then between us, we can decide whether that's all that needs to be done, or if surgery is the next step.

I'm in a lot of physical pain tonight - that's always the case after an exam like this, but I'm relieved we're finally dealing with this. I am trying to remain optimistic that there will be pain relief and that a long term solution for this health issue is out there. I'm now dealing with knee pain and elbow pain - two things that are new to me, so need to be investigated. It just never ends.

Thanks for all the support. Hope everyone is have a day of as little pain as possible.

Hugs,
Pam

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   Posted 3/11/2011 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Pam -

I'm glad the appointment went well! I hope the pain from your exam passes quickly... hopefully you are resting and taking good care of yourself. So glad you got a good doc w/ good bedside manners; that's half the battle, isn't it?

I pray you get relief from the steroid injection, or just relief in general!
Keep us updated...

Hugs, my friend! Love, Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

mama6
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   Posted 3/11/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Pam,
Glad your appointment went well. He def. sounds like a good Dr. Hopefully the steroids will help subside some of the pain that you have been having to endure for the last 8 months. I can't imagine having to wait so long to see a specialist. You are def. more patient than me. Take care and keep us posted. Heather
Big Hugs, Mama6

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momtofourangels
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   Posted 3/12/2011 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam I'm so glad that your appointment went well. It's good to hear that you found a good doctor. I hope the exam pain is better and that you're getting some good sleep tonight. I really hope that the injection will help your pain.

I pray that you are in low pain today and that you have a good weekend.

Take care my friend.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

straydog
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   Posted 3/12/2011 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like your appt went very well and I am so glad you were able to see this dr. He sounds like he knows his business. That has to be a big relief.

Hope you pain quietens down over the weekend.
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