Kirstin

Hi. I wanted somewhere to share my story where people might benefit from it. I started having pain my my right groin area when I was 14 years old. It went on and off for months until I started high school and it got worse as time went on. At the end of the year I was sent off to JROTC camp and during my seal training we were doing scissor legs. The pain got so bad I couldn’t get my leg off the ground. They thought I pulled something. Eventually my parents finally took me to a sports medicine doctor who diagnosed me with femuracetabular impingement with bone spurs And a labral tear on my right hip. I went through my first surgery 2 weeks after my 16th birthday.
My recovery went well for the 6 weeks I was on crutches. However the pain still persisted for a year and a half after so I went back to the doctor. His practice shut down right after I got another MRI. So I got sent to a hip specialist who ran more xrays and a mri on my left hip as well. He sat me down and explained that I had FAI on both hips not just one and hip dysplasia along with a labral tear on my left hip. Basically my only option was a PAO surgery or I would have a hip replacement at 25 years old.
My first surgery was scheduled to take place in April 2019 (I was 18 at the time). I refused pain medication and they let me out of the hospital after 2-3 days instead of a week. This was supposed to be the easy surgery since it didn’t have a labral tear to repair. I was ready to go after 6 weeks and there was still pain but that was to be expected.
My second pao with screw removal from the right hip happened 4 days after my 19th birthday in November 2019. They sent me home the day after and this surgery was 10x easier and the recovery was as well which is weird bc it was supposed to be worse. I’m currently almost 5 months post surgery and yes there is pain every now and again but I am recovering and still strengthening my muscles.
Some tips: don’t stay in the house it depresses you. Try to only take the pain medicine if you absolutely need it all it does is put you to sleep and keep up with your physical therapy regimen. My doctor trusted me to do it at home. It’s going to be a very long and hard road to recovery. But it has reduced my pain quite a bit. Being active and stretching helps take the edge off. If you have any questions I’m here for you please ask. I know My mom and I were looking at this blog when I got diagnosed. It was really hard when I couldn’t find anyone with the things I had. Also get checked out early if you can it can help preserve your hip.



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