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Lab reports should not be delivered after hours

So I got the report of my CT Scans and X-Rays.  They came in the mail on Friday and I noticed them at about 10pm.  Despite feeling absolutely craptacular from my cold, I managed to obsessively disect the information for two hours.  I fee like some sort of tragic and far less stylish version of Sherlock Holmes, except the clues are laid out in front of me and all I have to do is “search” the internet for answers (i.e., plug in the numbers and see what other people like me have already said).  Basically, it was exciting but not that exciting.

Like a good detective, I have developed a theory based on the information provided.  I think that finding a theory has helped to distract me from the fact that I have more than a week until my actual appointment when a legitimate doctor with a degree and skills can tell me what the hell I should be doing.  But until I have further assistance, I am on my own to find the answers.

Theory 1 – I have dysplasia in my right hip and will ultimately need a PAOBUTsince the dysplasia is mild, there is going to a lot of waffling back and forth about whether it is necessary but then it’s going to become apparent that since my labrum is retorn (Theory 1(a) is that I tore my labrum again), the only long term alternative is a PAO.

Theory 2 – I have mixed CAM pincer inpingement and retroversion of the acetabulum.  OK, this isn’t really a theory because it’s what my imaging report says from my CT scan, so I guess my theory is that I am going to need an arthroscopy to repair the impingement (an acetabuloplasty and a femoral neck osteoplasty).  Theory 2(a) which I seriously doubt is that I am going to need a reverse acetabular periacetabular osteotomy (a reverse PAO) but, again, I think there is about a 2% chance of that happening.

So now I wait, and go see my doctor, and get a second opinion.  I just want to have a plan and to know what I need to do and get going so that someday soon, I can get my life back.  That, I would really like.

In the beginning

I’m trying to figure some witty way to start this blog but really, I can’t think of anything witty.  I’m not one of those people that’s quick on their feet with a sarcastic retort.  I normally don’t realize when people are being sarcastic and I am incredibly gullable.  However, I am exceedingly introspective and have a lot to say about what’s going.

I’m 35 and I feel like my body is giving up on me.

First things first, though.  I am only starting this blog now because I have some potentially serious situations ahead for me, in terms of my hips.  My right and my left hips, not one or the other but maybe both.  Maybe.  Who knows.  Anyway, so I have a ton of stuff on my mind right now and I think that anyone who is my age would have a lot of things going on in their head if they had pain every day and weren’t able to run anymore and were told they might someday need a total hip replacement if they didn’t take it easy — I’m getting ahead of myself.

OK, so I have hip problems.  Maybe.  The facts that I know are as follows:

I had arthroscopic surgery in my right hip in January 2012 to repair a torn labrum.

When the doctor did the surgery, he found that I had moderate dysplasia in my right hip (“not mild, not severe” as I understood, after the fact, that described to my husband and mother).

I recouperated from the surgery and thought I was doing really well.  Then the pain came back.  And now it won’t go away.

My left hip hurts.  Similar to the right but I have no idea why.

I have had MRI’s, X-Rays and CT Scans.  I have been through numerous physical therapy appointments.

I have two herneated discs in my lower back (L5/SI and L4/L5).  The L5/S1 is pressing on the nerve root.  I am never without lower back pain. (I only mention the lower back pain because I am worried what implication any surgery or procedures on my hip would have on my back.  That and the fact that it literally hurts ALL the time — I haven’t been able to sneeze standing up straight in years)

I have appointments to see doctors and I am scared.  And excited.  I am hopeful but worried.  I am pissed off.  ALL at the same time.

I want to believe that I am not alone in this so I am writing this blog and NOT publicizing it but if someone stumbles on it, more power to them.

I will try to keep it updated, as the process unfolds.  I make no promises.  It is selfish to keep a blog – this is my selfish attempt to connect and yet remain unconnected.  I do hope it helps, both me and someone who might read it.

And so it begins.