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Congenital Hip Dysplasia Missed Until Age 20

From: Heather Lisle
Date: 29 Oct 2000
Time: 09:42:53
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I was not diagnosed with my CHD until I was 20 years old. I had just lost about 125 pounds. Everyone thought that my limp came from all the extra weight I was carrying around. However, the weight was gone and the limp was still there. I hardly even noticed the limp anymore. I would have people always asking me, "What's wrong with your foot?" or "What happened to your knee?" The pain was just a dull ache back then. I'm 27 now and the pain keeps me up at night. It is in both hips, the right more so than the left. I have 2 small children and keeping up with them is hard. My ortho wants to put off having the surgery for a few more years. He said I have a long time left in my left hip and a few years in the right. I take Darvocet to deal with the pain. Like I said, I have 2 small children and I will not let this keep me from being the mother I want to be to them.

I'm afraid of the replacement surgery. I'm afraid that something will go terribly wrong and I will be worse off than I am now. I plan on going with the new Metusal metal-on-metal so I can forgo hip replacements every decade. Is there anyone out there in my situation who has had a hip replacment at a similar age?



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