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evor1

diagnosed with hip arthritis

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im 35.  been having hip pain and poor mobility for probably 2 years now.  it was really holding me back on the ice.  i thought it was due to lack of stretching so i saw some sports therapists and did stretching.  saw only minor improvement so i went to the doctor.  i dont know the extent of it yet or what the plan is as i havent seen the specialist yet.  now i know why older skaters were keeping up with me on the ice.  fucking sucks. ill be pissed if my delay of seeing the doctor really screwed me over and ends up causing me to have to quit hockey or require surgery.  i start physical therapy next week but need to see specialist to determine if anything else needs to be done.

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Well, that's early in years. Sorry to hear that.

I've been lifting weights for years, like since 1989, and last year, I had hip arthoscopy because of hip pain, it would catch sometimes. The doctor just cleaned up some cartilage. He was going to shave down the bone too a bit where he saw it was pinching, or cam shaped, but after he got in with the arthroscope, he didn't bother shaving the bone down because there was so much worn out cartilage that he saw I would be getting a hip replacement soon anyway, so it wouldn't be worth going through the pain of recovering from shaved bone. He's estimating a hip replacement in two years. It feels better after the arthroscopy though.

Oh, and an MRI in the hip is not a regular MRI. They have to inject a dye so stuff shows up. For that, they have to x-ray your hip while inserting in the needle with the dye. But, they first have to inject local anesthesia, first on the outside, and a second one that is deeper. Then, they aim the x-ray camera at your hip and the person sticks the needle with the dye deep into the hip, guiding the tip in while watching the x-ray monitor. This is one of the most painful experiences I have ever had. Then, you go to the MRI room within 30 minutes and get that done.

And if you want to temporarily reduce pain with a cortisone shot in the hip, it's the same thing as the dye injection. The doctor uses the x-ray monitor to guide the tip of the needle inside the hip. I had that done years before. It's not a tiny needle.

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