I am a 45 year old Male from England who was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia 13 years ago. My symptoms began with lots of lower backache which I simply put down to playing too much Football (Soccer) which I had been playing since I was old enough to walk. My GP (Doctor) sent me for an X-Ray and when I went to see him to get the results I was totally amazed and shocked with what he had to say. I was expecting just a basic diagnosis of nothing severe, to my shock when he mentioned the condition I had never heard of it and obviously asked lots of questions.

He immediately informed me that I would need a total hip replacement but not for many years or at least not until it got to the stage where I was in too much pain to continue. During the past 13 years I have had numerous days and weeks where I am in pain and discomfort I guess like lots of other people on this website. I have never received any injections I only take mild painkillers when the discomfort gets too great.

Over the past 4 years I am noticing that I am having more flare ups than ever before. I am currently on my 12th Day of real discomfort in the thigh/knee joint. I am finding that driving is a major problem with this condition it really does aggravate the pain. I go to see my Dr every 12 months at my local hospital where I am always sent for an x-ray to see if there has been any change from the previous visit. I am always being advised that I am possibly too young for a THP as in England we are led to believe that the replacement will only last around 12-15 years.

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  1. Elaine says:

    I’m from England too, and I was diagnosed with Congenital Hip Dysplasia when I was in my early 40s, so I was born with the condition in both hips. I am now 61. I had always had trouble with sports at school and was branded as ‘lazy’ and a ‘liar’ when I told the P.E. teachers that it hurt to play any sports.

    I had my right hip joint replaced in 2002 (in my mid 40s) so it has lasted (so far) for 15 years (I was told it would last around 15 years) but now the hip joint in my left leg is deteriorating rapidly and I’m walking with a severe limp again. Stairs or carrying anything heavy is a real problem, and I can only walk for a fairly short distance before it becomes too painful, particularly if I have to walk uphill.

    My fear now is that if the left joint goes completely I will be right back to square one as the replacement in the right joint is rapidly reaching the end of its expected lifespan.

    I take over the counter painkillers every day just to get through daily life and, like you, am finding driving a problem. I can only drive short distances now, and always take a couple of painkillers before even attempting to drive which helps a little. Before my right hip was fixed the pain was so bad that I was prescribed morphine and so couldn’t drive at all, as it’s illegal to drive with morphine in your system in the UK, so I’m dreading being in that position again.

  2. Sarah says:

    My name is Sarah I’m 29yrs from England. I have suffered with hip dysplasia since birth the doctor did not noticed there was something wrong with my hips until I was 18months old and still wasn’t walking I have major surgery on hips when I was a toddler and was in plaster from the hips down to my legs for 8 weeks. I lead a fairly normal childhood playing out taking part in games in school. I always remember that I couldn’t cross my legs like the other kids though and he fact my left leg is 2cm shorter than my right I’ve always had a limp. It has become a lot harder in my adult life it has prevented me from joining the armed forces which was a dream of mine and I struggle to walk long distances or when I do I’m in so much pain for days afterwards. I find swimming is a massive help as it takes the weight off and cycling is great. Just praying for the day when they will eventually replace this burden aka the hip. Great reading everyone’s stories glad to know I’m not alone :)

  3. Amanda Manfield says:

    Hello… I’m now 46yrs old and after two disc operations on my lower back ( opposite side to my hip dysplasia) they finally took and x ray of my hips and the diagnosis took less than 5 mins and in the same trip I had my obs bloods saw a pre /post physio and look forward to my full left hip replacement within the next 3months…. My back operations I’m told could of been in hindsight caused because of the over compensation on the opposite side of my body … we ll never know. Both operations were thankfully successful so was distraught when I started with more back pain and front of thigh pain.. Over the next 6mths my knee felt very unstable and unless I’m walking/limping to and from the Carpark at work I’m housebound. It took 5visits knee hip and back MRIs but it was still missed . I have zero hip pain , it’s all in my thigh knee and back so was just assumed it was sciatica… A new consultant fresh eyes on my situation n 4mths on 6/8 Zapain a day and Amitriptyline to help kill the night nerve pain ( but as you can see it’s 240am I’m messaging) so they don’t totally take the pain away. I have 3 girls aged 14 and 10year old twins… I simply can not wait to be able to take them shopping and out and about again after my surgery.. Everyone tells me it’s life changing… I’ve cried too many tears and lost too much of my girls life by being in hospital with my “back” for it not to work… After reading information from this site I’m now worried that I should be getting my girls checked too as all have hyper mobility.. Great gymnasts … Can in the UK I insist they are checked? Mandy x

  4. asutherland2@sky.com says:

    Hi Darryl,

    I am in the exact same position as yourself by the sounds of it, I am 41 years old and got diagnosed 11 years ago while still playing semi pro football at the time.
    The doctor told me I was too young for a replacement, he said I would just need to manage it as best I can with keeping weight off and stop all impact sports.
    I have never been back to the doctors since I was diagnosed in 2008, no injections or pain killers, I do have pain every day but I think I have just got used to living with it. would it be worth while me going back to the doctors to see if my hips have got worse over the last 10 years?

  5. Lee Sutherland says:

    I forgot to say that my name is Lee and I’m from Scotland.

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