The Begining of my Hip Dysplasia Journey

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On October 29, 2016 I was injured during my rugby playoff game. I was tackled and fell to the ground immediately feeling and hearing my hip pop. The game was stopped and my coach and the trainer ran on the field to see if I was okay. I could not put any pressure on my left side and every time the trainer moved my leg I would be in intense pain. Since I heard my hip pop the wanted to send me to the ER. One of the girls on my team asked her mom to take me so I would not have to go with someone random (Thank God, her mom was there). Five long hours in the ER lead to an X-Ray, and many hours of pain with no medicine. They sent me home saying I had a contusion and needed to stay off of it for a couple of days, this meant crutches (yayy!..not). The doctor also told me that if it did not get any better to go to an orthopedic doctor. She gave me an oxy before I left (did not touch the pain) and wrote me a prescription for some tramadol. They next tame my team travel back to SC from TN. This ride was long and painful. Once I was back home I took some meds and tried to sleep (which was very hard to get comfortable). I ended up calling my mom in tears because I was in so much pain. I was 2 hours away from her (I’m at college) so this made it even worse. She made me call the doctor the next day for a second opinion. The orthopedic was able to get me in right away. So, on November 2, 2016 I went to visit the orthopedic. She took another x-ray and said everything looked fine. She said it was definitely not a contusion and wanted me to do PT for a possible hip flexor strain. She also wanted me to stay on crutches until I could walk without a limp so that I would not injure my back. I was to do PT for 3 weeks and then go back for a follow up. So, the next week I started PT. My physical therapist did an evaluation the first day and after she said I could have possibly torn my labrum. I started to see another physical therapist at the place because the other one had a full schedule. After 3 weeks of PT, no change and even more pain my Physical Therapist told my doctor it was my labrum. So, at my follow up appointment she told me she wanted me to have an arthrogram MRI. Which is where they insert dye into your socket so if there is a tear, it will so up. The week after Thanksgiving I was scheduled for the arthrogram MRI. Two days later my results came back and my labrum was torn. The doctors in the town where I go to school at do not perform hip surgeries. This meant I had to find another orthopedic...GREAT!!! I was still in constant pain. Thanks to my Aunt (who is a nurse) she was able to get me an appointment fast with a friend of hers. This meant i had to get a copy of my MRI and all my X-rays. Being curious I looked at my MRI results and sent a picture to my parents. My mom responds back with "you have hip dysplasia". I had no idea what she was talking about but she looked up what my results said. So, when we went to see this new doctor she told him that I had hip dysplasia. He did not even look at my MRI and went straight to my X-rays. He saw it immediately, and wondered why the other Doctors did not see it. He talked with my mom and I about hip dysplasia and how only certain doctors can do this surgery "PAO" to fix it. This news was devastating. That meant I had to see another doctor and I would still be in constant pain. Christmas was coming up and my family had a trip planned to TN. I could not walk, lay down or sit without being in pain and there was nothing these doctors could do. The earliest the new doctor could see me was January 20, 2017, so I made that appointment. It felt like I was never going to have that appointment. Time was going by so slow but finally the big day had arrived. It My mom went to the appointment with me. The doctor was so nice and explained everything so well. I left that doctors appointment feeling much better. While there we discussed and scheduled the surgery for May 17, 2017. I graduate from college on May 6, 2017 so I wanted to wait to have the surgery. Sometimes I regret this decision because the waiting game is no fun but I am glad that I am getting school over with. The pain is still frequent, some days are worse than others, but for the most part I feel like I have just built a tolerance to it. Waiting for this surgery is awful and I am just ready for it to be over with. The closer I get to the surgery, the more scared I get. I don’t want to talk to anyone about it because I don’t want to scare them because I know this surgery will take a toll on my whole family. I know I am not the best writer but I thought writing this all down will help me cope with everything.

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