The same night, she called. She told me my hips were awful, and that Physio would be pointless. She had showed the X Ray to am Orthopaedic surgeon, who wanted me to come and see him. I saw him a week later.
He explained that a Total Hip Replacement was the only option for me. I asked about having a Resurfacing instead of a full replacement, as I had read about them for younger patients. Apparently my hips were too badlt damaged to warrant a resurface, my bone density was poor and the joint area unstable.
After lengthy discussion, the surgery was planned for June/July, when I would be home for the summer. The surgeon felt I should come in sooner, but I wasnt happy at the thought of having the surgery in the middle of my degree, I didnt want the disruption! I also did not want to go back in September and have to re-start 2nd year- I would be seperated from my friends from the course :-( so it was decided. June/July it is. Of course I can last until then, I'll just take it easy.
It turns out I was wrong, I couldn’t last until June. I got to the point where my mobility decreased so much I could not even walk 5 minutes without being in agony, my hip becoming stiff, and being unable to walk afterwards. My left hip gave out on me one night, when I was swimming. I couldn’t extend my hip; it was stuck in flexion (bent, like in sitting). It remained like that all night, I could not lie flat in bed & had to sleep sitting up. I thought it would pass by morning, but it didn’t. The next day, on a tutor’s advice I had to go to A & E. It was just a scare, but boy was it a good one! I have never felt so scared, the thought that my hip was displaced and I might have to have surgery there and then. Turns out, it was just bone rubbing on bone, causing so much friction that it felt and appeared to be displaced but it was actually just my hip joint scraping along trying to move, but getting stuck in the process. After this experience, I knew it was decision time. I chose to bring the surgery forward, I couldn’t wait any longer. I was missing uni because I was in pain, got stuck being sat in lectures all day, and when I did go in I had to either use my mobility scooter (which I HATED) or use my car, for which I felt lazy because I only live 4 minutes away on foot.
The surgery has now been brought forward..... :'(