Young Adult Dealing with a Bad Hip -- It Really Sucks!
My Hip Woes
Let me tell you: Dealing with a chronic pain condition really sucks -- especially at a younger age.
Since the age of 13, I've had hip problems. I developed a condition called slipped capital femoral epiphysis (scfe), which is a condition affecting the growth plate of the upper femur.
Basically, SCFE causes the ball of the hip socket to displace relative to the lower leg bone, resulting in a misshapen hip joint. Unfortunately, both of my hips were affected, leaving me with two abnormal hip joints.
I had to have pins placed into both hip joints to stop the slippage and to stabilize the condition. The surgery was relatively minor, and I went home the following day.
Unfortunately, the surgery doesn't actually restore normal hip joint anatomy; it simply prevents further slippage.
Therefore, my hips have never been normal, and I've endured years of hip pain, hip stiffness, and reduced hip range of motion.
And let me tell you: It sucks!
Chronic pain has a way of getting in the way of life; it saps energy and impedes happiness. There's something demoralizing about having a body that is not 100% sound, especially for a younger person.
But through it all, I remain very active. Honestly, exercise is a powerful weapon against chronic pain. Generally, the only time I feel pain free (or close to it) is after a good gym workout, when my body is pumped and the blood is flowing.
Fast forward several years, and now as a middle-aged adult, I'm in pain most days. The pain is never severe, but it's just enough to make me irritable and, often times, depressed.
Because of my hip problems, my lower back has been bothering me for several years. My right leg is 1/2" shorter than the left, so my gait is abnormal (I do wear a shoe lift to compensate though).
Also, my knees and ankles ache a lot, probably due to the abnormal stresses placed on them due to altered hip joint biomechanics. When it rains it pours, right?
But through it all I still try to remain active; I'm in the gym 4-5 days a week, and I do a lot of weight lifting. Honestly, the only time I feel pain free is after a good gym workout. And there's my ego that refuses to allow me to submit to my physical infirmities and which pushes me to stay strong.
Looking ahead, I know I will have to have my right hip replaced at some point. I have a fair amount of osteoarthritis in that hip, and it's only a matter of time before my right hip totally craps out.
So, overall, I try to cope with my hip problems as well as I can, but in reality, it's very difficult to do so. Although I still walk and move around pretty well (most people can't tell I have a problem), my hip problems and resulting chronic pain cause me endless grief and misery.
But I know I have a lot to be thankful for. In comparison to a guy or gal without any legs or arms, I know I am lucky. But I still can't stop wishing that I didn't have hip problems and that I didn't have to endure daily chronic pain -- because it definitely SUCKS!