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.

Also please feel welcome to join in our help and advice forum for support. We have 3 advising FAI expert hip surgeons, 3 PT/physios and a sports medicine doctor as well as the largest international FAI hip impingement forum on the net:

Monday, 14 December 2009

hip arthroscopy wk 23 hip surgery causes nervous breakdown

I think I might be ill, mentally, going all fruit loop, or something strange??!
I am suddenly soooo stressed! Its like my body kept hanging on in there thru this hellish year of my one year old baby been diagnosed and subsequently treated for hip dysplasia... followed by my SSSSIIIIXXX year, yes '6' year, crippling back pain turning out to be my hip too. That'll be the hip pain I kept complaining about then, the one ALL the specialists said was referred back pain, on the basis I was too young to have hip pain!! READ UP DOCTORS, READ UP!
Then my surgery, uuggh shudder ..and THEN "THE RECOVERY" and 5 months down the line, I should have a second surgery on my other crappy hip and yet I hesitate with this half cooked hip - not quite the recovery I was hoping for!
Now suddenly I am tearful, exhausted like never before, snappy and with a whole host of neurotic symptoms, breathless, panicky, tachycardia and overwhelmed.. and mainly I just want to sleep.
The only other time I can remember feeling even a little bit this way was like 12 years ago, working as a reporter for BBC Radio, as of all things, their religious correspondent! Trust me I was pants, because I know nothing about religion (I kind of believe in God, but noone goes to church I haven't a clue!) so I was utterly err clueless, but broke so took the work! ..I was also working evenings too as a driver in a Chinese takeaway for a stress head chief, because yes you got it, I was broke!
I lived on coffee and cokeacola. Anyway, I don't know if it was the stress, the coffee or the coke, but I ended up hospitalized with palpitations! Funny thing was I was relieved as it gave me a great excuse to get out of my BBC contract! The thing is this time I feel the same, but can't resign from my hips, so I'm not sure where that leaves me...
So does the stress just dissipate? Or will I go nuts like Micheal Douglas in Falling down and start shooting random people?? What does a nervous breakdown look like? Anyone else gone nuts recovering from hip surgery, or am I the weak link here??!


  1. You're not a weak link..... what exactly percipitated this anxiety for you? Sit down and write down the 3 things that scare you the most. Then "demystify" them one by one. If you rationalize your fears they won't cause you anxiety.... am I making sense?!?! You're stuck in a wheel of anxiety and you need to slow down and break apart your fears... You're hip (and mine and everyone elses who reads your blog) will heal on its own time. I too have awful days with my first hip thats 15 weeks out and it sucks....but it is what it is. Are you doing everything you are supposed to do? Then there it is....
    I totally understand you now wanting to do #2 hip; but know this.... from an exercise professional and hip patient; you have 2 DIFFERENT hips. Your real pain may not subside until you are symmetric. You have 27 muscles that attach to the hip and they are all off balance dut to the different bony structures. As horrible as two sounds; balance may be what your body needs. I too had MAJOR back problems with my hips... I understand your pain, it sucks.
    Just my opinion darling..... wishing you well!!!

  2. you could have been describing me right there! I think the length of time we have to deal with these problems really gets you down. Is there anyone you can talk to about this to get your fears/feelings out? I am currently seeking counselling which is a huge and scary thing for me but I really think I need it. Knowing/admitting you have a problem is a huge step in the right direction. I hope you feel better soon xxx

  3. Been through exactly the same thing this week too. I blamed mine on the combination of crappy hips, christmas, PMT and the final straw was burning the tea! That tipped me completely over the edge and I broke down and spent the whole x factor final (highlight of my week, lol how sad is that?) a jibbering wreck. I think it happens to us all at some point, and this time of year is stressful enough for everyone.
    Hang in there, I reckon it means your normal (or at worst, maybe if we are committed we can arrange for adjoining beds! )
    Kate xx

  4. Thanks for your honesty, Jess I suspected so and Kate I'm not surprised you've been through so much, Noel you are a power house.. and what you're saying is part of my internal argument, but right now I'd like to live under my duvet for a few days, err or weeks!

  5. Louisa, you sound like you have some of the classic symptoms of anxiety and depression - tired, insomnia, low mood, lack of interest in things, palpitations, panic attacks etc. It's no wonder after the time you have had recently and a recovery that hasn't gone as smoothly as it should have. Please go see your GP and let them help you, getting help early will be best and there is lots that can be done to get your head back in the right place.

    I also think you are sensible to have cancelled your second op, you are right that it takes a huge amount of mental as well as physical strength to get through these ops and there is no point pushing yourself and risking causing yourself all sorts of problems postop when you have the option to leave it until you are back to your old self and a bit happier. The end of hip pain is in sight, even if it seems a long way off now, just think how much you will be able to run around with your beautiful girl when she is a terrible toddler in a year or so!

    I really really hope that 2010 is a better year for you, Sam xx

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  7. Been a while since I have been to visit due to my own issues. Mine of course was brought on by the constant pain, the holidays and deciding all at once to cold turkey my pain meds. We could certainly attribute these issues to the mental torture of never knowing if we will feel better.
    Take a step back and see how you can possibly fix just one thing your feeling. So you're not sleeping well .. that can be symptom of 4 other things. Try taking Melatonin one night, hot bath and some soothing music. If you sleep good you may have a better outlook.
    I know I am not a doctor, but sometimes we can really improve things by just changing the way we see it. If you have been by mine you will see that you're not alone and any virtual help you need to get through it is right here !
    I missed you woman.

  8. Sorry dee deleted your comment by accident, trying to delete flextech crap!

    I'm just slowly chilling out again.
    Can see little point, at the mo, in going to the docs as:
    1. they couldn't even work out the source of my physical pain for 6 yrs, the idea they know whats in my 'head' seems more unlikely.

    2 I think its just my bodies reaction to this year of stress, which has probably been a bit too much to handle for whatever reason.
    I think I might chat to someone though I think that might be good, as I don't want to bore those around me anymore than I already have!!

    Also Erin I can sleep, I want to sleep loads I think its my bodies way of sorting myself out.
    I think its just a stress reaction and not too surprising, once I stop being determined I can handle any crap! It'll pass, these things do.. eventually.
    Once again sorry Dee!

  9. Louisa,
    I KNOW how you feel, it's not you. You're not weak, but you've taken so big blows this year and naturally it has slowed you down.

    Let's address the chronic pain, that alone will cause depression. This has been the most difficult year of my life. Not only did I spend it trying PT, which didn't work, then preparing for surgery, recovery etc...but what I've never mentioned in my blog is I am a songwriter. I had a song on a major record dropped at the last second, like the week they printed the record. I also lost a very, very big deal, lots of $$$...like almost $100,000.

    It's difficult and in the end I reached out to a therapist and it's been the best decision I have made in a long time. Sometimes you have more going on than you should handle by yourself. You need a break and having someone to talk to (who hasn't heard it all before and who has a talent for putting it into perspective) this is so helpful in the healing.

    Find someone who can help you talk this out. What you will find is that you are in fact very strong and you simply need a little encouragement to get you built back up. SO that you can feel good about yourself, care for your sweet babies and feel hopeful. It will come. And I'm sorry about Izzy's dysplasia. I can only imagine that adds a lot of heartbreak to your situation.

    Thanks for your honesty and your humor. I'm glad we can "walk", haha bad choice maybe, "limp" this road together:)


  10. Thanks for sharing that (gosh I am starting to sound more and more American!) But it kind of highlights that when the s**t hits the fan, like for you in work its super hard, but with the constant pain and worry over hips getting better and hip pain added it can become overwhelming because so much energy is taken by all the hip stuff.
    I hope more luck comes your way re the songs, your obviously v talented else wouldn't be getting amazing breaks, so I wish you luck to boot. Talent and luck is all anyone can ask for in work!
    ps Izzy 'looks' to be fixed. They need to keep an eye on her but that's all I think.

    My hip stress backdrop is whether or not to have another child, which is dependant on whether or not I can carry them when they get heavy! And tick tock to say the least!! Also our house is on the market, as is a townhouse with tons of stairs, 3 floors.. so they're two pressing issues at the mo too.