I had a follow up visit with my Orthopedic Surgeon yesterday. Quick history - I've been dealing with chronic pelvic pain, Fibro and a multitude of other issues, including hip impingement on the right side (along with tears in the tissue, and a bone spur). My first visit with the Ortho included new x-rays and the suggestion of having a cortisone shot in the hip joint, to ease the pain.
I had the injection done, had some minor relief, but nothing lasting. When I saw the Dr. yesterday for the follow up, I expected we would talk about
hip revision surgery, which is what he felt the next step might be. Fast forward to having more x-rays done yesterday, just prior to the appointment (this clinic has their own x-ray group, so they get the results instantly).
After looking everything over, my Dr. told me that regretfully, the hip revision isn't going to help me much, because I have too much arthritis in the hip joint. So, the plan now is to see him again in 6 months, and then he wants to do a full hip replacement surgery.
I have to admit, I was speechless when he said this, as we'd never talked about
anything that extreme. He showed me the x-rays and he could see changes from the first ones he did to the ones done yesterday - and not changes for the good. He wants to wait for 6 more months, to see if there is any delayed reaction to the cortisone...he's see it happen before. Mostly, he wants me to monitor the pain with and without activity. There's a good chance I'll need to talk to him about
knee surgery as well - we're waiting for an MRI to confirm the problems. It's the knee on the right side as well, so perhaps I should just ask for a complete Right Side of the Body transplant.
So, I go through the next 6 months as I have been, but with an eye to major changes after that. I'm going to go hang around in the Arthritis Forum as well, to get some perspective and advice there. Thanks for the care and support here...I'm afraid I haven't been very good about
posting my good wishes and support to others here, I've been so busy hurting and wallowing in self pity.
Wishing each of you a day of sunshine, and praying for each of you a lifetime free of pain.