Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Did not see that coming!

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Hubby drove me to my hospital appointment and Monday.  It was a bright sunny day with blue skies, lovely!
We did not have to wait long and due to the early hour, all was very quiet as well.
I had an appointment in January and previous GP appointments and I was told that for my age I should not really have any problems as such andt smoothing out this slight bump on the ball joint which showed up in an x-ray would probably solve the pain etc.
Well....fast forward 6 weeks and now the slight mis-shapen of the ball joint will not make any difference if smoothed off, I now have arthritis in both hips and the left one is the worst one.  Everything is too far gone for any treatment including keyhole surgery!
I have three options
1). Soldier on as I have done!
2). Have a cortisone injection into the hip, which may or may not work, you can not have many of them, they do not always work each time.
3). Have a hip replacement, but at my age (43) I am likely to have several in the years to come as they can have a life span, some last for 5 years some can last for over 30 years.

I was told quite categorically that I did not have arthritis as I did not have all of the symptoms (which have changed even since last summer!) and I was not the right age (too young).  One of my tutor group has arthritis so that is not strictly true.  He is 12.
So...what a choice.  Not what I was hoping to hear.  I am starting to get really tired and worn out with it and keeping up a full time job.  Hubby watched me get in and out of the car for the first time after school on Thursday and said that he did not realise how difficult I really was finding it after a full day on my feet.

So.......I have asked to be put on the list for a cortisone injection into my hip and this could take up to and beyond 10 weeks for the appointment to come through.  I will need to go to a hospital about 45 mins away and due to it giving you a "dead leg" I will need to have the day off.  It would not do to have me falling flat on my face in the middle of my classroom!
Today I have felt as stiff as a board and a little dejected as I have been told it will gradually get worse.  There will of course be good days/weeks as well and I know that it is not life threatening but when I have a house with stairs, a 10 year old, a husband to does work away and a full time job....I will not be able to completely ignore it.
So,  there I have it... time to move on and swap painkillers as my current ones do not really work at the moment.  Roll on half term next week.
Tomorrow I will be handing in my evening class coursework and I shall try and take some pictures as I do not think that I will get it back until the Autumn.
Have a good evening


Mad about Craft said...

What a b£$%^&!!!

I know someone that has had several cortisone injections and they have helped quite a lot. I have worked with a G.P that was also a sports doctor and he was brillant at giving them and they always helped so prehaps ask to see if there is someone more specialist in your area to give them as it may help in the long run.

A hip replacement may be the best outcome though due to y

Toffeeapple said...

I am so sorry to hear this news and I wish it could have been better for you. I once had a cortisone injection in my knee, the Doc thought it would work immediately but nothing happened. The injection didn't give me a dead leg though. I take anti-inflammatory meds for Scoliosis, might that be an option for you?

Wishing you well.

Carol said...

I'm really sorry you didn't get better news at your consultation.
No, it isn't life threatening but chronic illnesses are not easy to manage nor ignore.
I hope that the cortisone injection works for you, it works for some people so it could well work for you.

Carol xx

Ali said...

I really hope the new painkillers and the injections work. My uncle recently had a hip replacement and the relief from the pain is worth the operation. I hope you have a good half term.
Ali x

Pomona said...

I am so sorry that you have had bad news - I hope that you don't have to wait too long for the cortisone and that it helps with your pain.

Pomona x

sweetypie said...

hiya, so sorry to hear off your pr oblems, my mother had cortisone injections and did a more damage because she didnt feel anything, my good friend frankie has had hip replacements and is like a new person hope you find a solution soon

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

So sorry to read this. I have RA. It's worst in my feet and hands, and starting to affect my hips. I'm ten years older than you so still on the young side. It is a horrible thing, but, if you manage it you can keep it at bay, and now you know what it is ... Arthritis Care UK give great lifestyle advice for RA sufferers and there are many other groups that can help too. Have you tried a TENS machine. And I find meditation helps with pain management. Hugs xxx

Chookyblue...... said...

goodluck just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you........

Tatkis said...

Such sad news!! Have courage and take care! My thoughts are with you!


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