Hello,i am a 49 year old female, born with hip dysplasia. i have been a runner since high school,and besides the pain, it has come quite natural to me, and i have excelled.

However, just the past three months it is so painful i am down to just jogging like three times a week and no longer able to race or do speedwork.

i am so sad and so confused what to do. i went to the orthopedist and he said gravely to me with sympathy,,,,how are you..? i said i was fine until i saw your face. I said it must be bad? he said yes you are definitely going to need that right hip replaced within five years…

i was just crying then, are you sure…? so now i just feel so afraid, but i dont want to be in pain. i wish as probably everyone else does that there would be a way to just build more collagen to pad that damn bone and take away the pain…!

anyway, i just keep trying to think positively but i know after you get a hip replaced you are not suppose to run on it. that is so sad…

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  1. Lee Ann Straub says:

    Hi Sheri,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your prognosis. I too, am a runner and am awaiting a right hip replacement due to hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis. I’m 49 years old and am at a cross roads. I feel the same about running, but those in my family don’t understand the sadness and frustration I have. Please know there are people out there that understand.
    Best wishes,
    Lee Ann

  2. Teri says:

    I was dx as an infant and grew up with no running. I saw a chiropractor and started getting straightened out. Soon after, I began running. I have done road races and triathlons with some pain, but short distances. I just take it slow!!

  3. Laura says:

    I just got diagnosed today and i was also a avid runner. My doctor was sweet but was blunt of the damage i have and she suggested NO MORE running- well I don’t know anyone who has had a hip replacement so i am not sure what to do.. but whatever I need to do to stay strong and healthy needs to be a right choice..

  4. Carol says:

    I am 50 years old just found out that I have it to and still overwhelmed. What gets me is I have done marathons, triathlons, and biking and ever had any trouble until two months ago. Thank you for sharing your story and I will miss my running a lot, it is pretty freeing. The orthopedic doctor didn’t say much about needing surgery yet, I just hope it gets better with cautious exercise.

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