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From: Teresa in North Carolina
Date: 29 Jan 2001
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
I was amazed when I found this site! I though I was one of the few THR patients in there 30's! After reading some of the testimonials I realized that I have not been alone! When I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with a slipped epiphysis, my left leg had grown @ a faster rate and had slowly grown out of the socket. My hipped was pinned and then @ 15 y.o. the right hip did the same thing. Dr's told me I would need a THR in my 30's on my right hip since I developed arthritis. After my 2nd surgery I could never again put on socks or tie my shoes because the rotation of my right hip was very limited. I have had severe pain most of my teenage and adult life, however, when my hip motion became even more limited my dr informed me that I should have a THR. The day after my surgery, when the physical therapist began to move my hip, I began to cry. She immediately stopped and asked if I was in pain. This was the first time since my teens that I had had so much flexibility in my hip and I rejoiced. I had forgotten what it felt like to be normal. Now I can tie my own shoes, ride my bike, swim and I am going snowmobiling in the mountains for the first time. I am scared to ski but I still think I'll have a great time. I'd like to hear from any other people in their 30's or older because I have some anxiety about how long this hip will last before another replacement and will I start limping bad again. What is the process? Also, without my strong faith in God and His ability to give us strength, I don't think I would be the person, wife, mother, that I am today. I thank Him for modern technology.