FAI Hip Impingement (Femoro-acetabular Impingement)

FAI Hip Impingement Awareness facts - It is estimated that approximately 15% of the young, adult population have hip impingement, so who do you know that might have it?
Hip impingement causes painful labral tears within the hip socket.
Hip FAI symptoms are misleading to the average medical professional, as FAI hip impingement pain frequently presents as low back pain and interesting only 10% of back pain is ever clinically diagnosed and cured... Which begs the question what percentage is actually caused by hip FAI or hip impingement, as its otherwise known.
The more active you are, the more likely you are to trigger hip impingement symptoms, so busy mums and gym bunnies beware... but at least you're in good company as many premiere league football players have also suffered FAI hip pain.
Hip impingement is diagnosed through x-ray and labral tears are diagnosed through MRI arthograms - but both need to be read by hip consultants specifically trained in FAI hip impingement.
There are 60,000 hip replacements every year in the UK and it now appears that FAI hip impingement, over the years, could be the leading cause of hip osteoarthritis. A silent epidemic.
Hip arthroscopy can reduce the hip impingement and reattach the torn labrum to the hip socket. This surgery can eliminate the pain and disability caused by FAI hip impingement and divert the need for hip replacement in later life.

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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Hip arthroscopy - bring it on!

Well after several days of normal activity I have managed to really bring on my hip pain symptoms in technicolour! So much so it reminded me I have no chance of resuming a normal life/activity level above that of a couch pototoe with any kind of conservative treatment.
...And so much so I actually called my surgeon's secretary to see if she had any surgery cancellations, not so I'm afraid. Apparently due to the enormity of the recovery people rarely cancel, having had to make all sorts of arrangements to function in the weeks post op.

Yesterday I actually cried when carrying my 8 month old chubster daughter (21lbs) I was faced with the stairs to the first floor and it look my a lifetime to climb them carrying Izzy. I live in a 3 story house, the ground floor I see as a useless obstacle now and only houses the laundry room and shower room and the garden room, so I have to climb a flight of stairs just to get into the main part of the house, the the lounge, kitchen, diner, then another flight for the bedrooms and bathrooms. I'm trying to work out which floor to stay on post hip arthroscopy, with crutches, as despite having 3 bathrooms, none are on the middle, living floor! My husband keeps joking about putting a portaloo out on the lounge balcony, but its starting to become appealing! Sometimes I can 'DO" stairs, but on bad hip pain days of which there are increasingly many, I have to drag myself up, last night I tried crawling and that worked quite well, but not whilst carrying a baby I suspect!

I HAVE to give this hip arthroscopy a shot, I've tried every treatment going, but to no avail and owe it to myself, my long suffering hubby and to my toddler and baby. I see 60yr olds more agile than myself! ..and before this, I was super active, its like been a prisoner inside a mutinous body!

Don't get me wrong, I am terrified. I've already listed my anxieties, though 2 new ones are what if the house sets on fire and I can't get the kiddies and myself out on crutches; and (more minor) what if a huge spider runs across the floor and I can't get it and I'm trapped in a room with a monster spider!!

But I see no choice as I stoically plod towards 10th July 2009 with fear buried in the pit of my stomach (sounds bit melodramatic) but its pretty accurate!

No more pain, I can take no more, but I know its a bloody long road ahead as IF my right hip fixes well, then I still need my left hip fixed. Both hips have hip impingement, the right hip more severe impingement than the left hip. I believe the hip degree range should be between 20 and 37 degrees and my right hip is at 50 degrees and my left hip 40 something...I think I blanked out at the second hip measurement explanation.. a bit like in the TV show "SCRUBS" ..I could here my own voice saying "my God BOTH hips, I knew it! ... but OMG, that means TWO operations, SHIT!"
It makes a change though, as usually in these medical appointments with consultant types (prior to hip diagnosis) My 'SCRUBS voice' was saying in my head " You really have noooo idea, do you ...how old are you? ..24? I get it, you've just qualified, oh my God yes, you're only a house officer, Jesus why have they given me a house officer, can't they see I've been in agony for years.... arrhhhhh!"

1 comment:

  1. My daughter's name is Izzy too! So, we really do have a lot in common. I saw your post on my blog and you are welcome to email me: vanessa@vanessalynch.com

    I haven't had the surgery yet though. You may have already figured that out. I live on the fence about it, but so far have not made that decision. Most of the time I am able to control the fai pain and actually am able to keep myself pain free and very strong. It was really bad for a couple of months last summer and then gradually it improved to the point that I thought it was gone, but it returns every now and then. There's always a little pain in the evenings if I'm on my feet a lot or do something aerobic like cycling. It sucks in general though, I do miss my old life. I was very active and love running, yoga, etc. I've not been able to lose my baby weight and at times it's very hard. I haven't found enough info to convince me yet though that surgery is successful enough to go through with it. Good luck to you!! I certainly hope you find relief.