Hello have not posted for long while but seems we are all still talking around the same points. Have finally given up on running after bout 4 years of pain even though finding this depressing. Have now had two rounds of cortisone injections on the NHS into hip, one in Sept 2012 one in July 2013 after physio and hydrotherpy didn't seem to do anything. Both have been great although not a pleasant experience, with instant relief which lasted for bout 3 months when the pain creeps back in and I just about last until the next one can be sorted. Ran again after first and it only took a couple of 5k runs to put me back in a lot of pain.
There is no sign of labreal tear according to MRI but is impingement pincer variety. Nowhere near bad enough for surgery thank goodness at the moment but it is the early days of OA but has taken a while to get my head round feel much older than 45.
So can't imagine what some people on this site are feeling with much worse cartlidge situations but I would say that the injections are worth a shot (ha ha) for some welcome pain relief.
Pipes glad you managed to get your second op sorted although it sounds more troublesome than the last I hope you are the road to a real recovery. Lots of stories of surgery to read but it doesn't seem as though I will ever get near that stage. I have been told I am a long way from surgery. The first cortisone shot has lasted 4 months but is wearing off considerably now. Think I will have to go back and ask to be put on waiting list for another. Was almost pain free for about 6 weeks so that was great. Have a 6 month open appointment to see consultant before I have to start from GP level again. Have only run short diatances as just aggravates everything bummer. Thanks for you all posting, although I dont write much I do read everyones posts and take it all in. I know I should be relieved that doc feels I don't need surgery but it would be nice to feel normal again!!
Good Luck to all waiting for and recovering from ops and keep taking the pills!!!
Ah right well that was a pain that the op was cancelled especially when its a nightmare getting childcare and supply at school etc time off in education not as straight forward as it may seem and all that. Hope all goes well on Friday and that you get the solution you need to enable you to get some pain management and be able to consider eventually competing again. I will keep everything crossed for you.
I was told the steroid jab effects could last up to 4 months if I was lucky. I think you can have up to three in a year. I think I have some side effects - that 'fat' tongue feeling like before you vomit, over salivation and a funny metallic taste- weird eh? has anyone else experienced this??
Still the respite from horrible achy stiff hips is loverly!
Well this steroid injection lark is good stuff. I feel like I have been WD40'd inside my left hip. Have woken up and not winced getting moving. Crouching down with kids at school is possible again. Haven't dared run or get on me bike yet will try at weekend BUT how long will this last if its only treating the inflamation and not addressing what has been causing this it? If I have subchondrial cysts caused by FAI wont the pain just return? The consultant said there was no cartlidge damage so how come the cysts have formed? If there is no tear do I need surgery? God it all goes round in your head doesn't it? I don't think they talk about the surgical options on purpose. The physio I originally saw 2 years ago said he suspected FAI but that there wasn't an X ray to be had let alone a surgical solution that Derbyshire PCT offered. I self referred myself back to the physio team 6 months later.
Hope you get another date for your MRA soon Pipes I can't understand why they don't give you a steroid/cortisone shot at the same time as the arthogram why inject twice when its obvious that you need pain relief? Surely that is a waste of time and money.
Anyway will try to pursue just what happens next when see consultant for follow up appointment. In the meantime I have been advised to use a stick when walking the dog! You've got to laugh.
Hello been a long time since I wrote on this thread but do feel as if things have moved forward if only a bit.
After the joke wait of 6 months for the results of an MRA it took 18 months to get, I was told at the end of July that I have a too deep socket in both hips (Pincer Impingement) but the FAI only causing me problems in my LH so far.
MRA showed no cartlidge loss and no labreal tear but sub chondral cysts (apparantly this is enough to cause all the pain I have been feeling) My consultant sent me for a Cortisone steroid injection today (not too bad a process I thought) so we will see what happens. No options of any surgery have been mentioned. Have been told NOT to run at all and no yoga. Good to hear people still managing to stay positive.