This post has been a LONG TIME COMING!! Sorry about that. I’ve known for a few weeks of what’s been going on with my hip, but haven’t been able to wrap my head around on how I wanted to tell you all. I had another appointment a week ago Monday, to discuss the situation in further depth, and now have an action plan. Now that I have a plan, I feel its appropriate to discuss what’s going on with my hip.
In Hip News, I have “scuffing” in the labrum section of my hip. Ya, I didn’t know what that was either until the doctor explained it to me, and even after that discussion, I had to Google it. Then after Google-ing it, I discussed it further with Dr. Rheumy.
The labrum is the section between the hip joint and the head of the thighbone. “It’s a ring of soft elastic tissue, called the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum acts like a socket to hold the ball at the top of your thighbone (femur) in place.”* Who knew?!?! I sure didn’t!
Well, mine is “scuffed”. Everyone I discussed it with, and all of my research couldn’t quite conclude or understand the term “scuffing”, but we’ve come to the conclusion its on the verge of a tear. Ya, but not quite a tear. Super right? No, not really because I still have the pain of a tear, which is defined as “symptoms include hip pain or a “catching” sensation in your hip joint. Initial treatment may include pain relievers and physical therapy. Using arthroscopic techniques, surgeons can remove loose fragments from within the joint and trim or repair the hip labral tear.”*
So, what does this mean for me? Well, this is why I had the second appointment a week ago Monday. To discuss with an Orthopedic Hip Specialist. No longer Dr. Orthy. (That still cracks me up!). We’ll call this new doc Dr. Hippy. Oh boy, I think I should create a list of all these fun doctor names.
ANYWAY!!! Dr. Hippy said that a cortisone shot directly into the hip would be beneficial as it would help heal the labrum. Heh. Do you guys remember the last time they tried to inject something directly into my HIP? I CRIED LIKE A BIG BABY!!!! Dr. Hippy noticed in my records that I had difficulty, so he recommends I get sedated. Yes, ladies and gents, I need to be SEDATED in order to receive a cortisone shot. AND I’M OKAY WITH THAT!!!
He also said that I should resume my low impact cardio activity. SO, I get to start Zumba once the shot has been administered!! WAHOO! I haven’t been to ZUMBA IN 9 WEEKS!! 9 WEEKS! Gah, I miss it so bad. I also can move forward with Yoga too. EEEE! 🙂
He said that Zumba and Yoga activities will help build the muscle around my hip faster than physical therapy.
I also found out that Dr. Hippy has a sister who has ankylosing spondylitis and was diagnosed with it in her hips first. SO COOL! So cool to have a doctor who has a direct relation to a disease I fight with.
BUT, he told me that this scuff, this wanna-be tear, is not related to my ankylosing spondylitis. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY ARTHRITIS WHAT-SO-EVER!! eeee!! I’m in true medical remission. EEE HAW! Which means that my Remicade medication, the one I’ve been on for the last 10 years, the biologic drug that could cause so many issues, has STOPPED THE PROGRESSION OF MY ARTHRITIS. Stopped. The end. It is not a cure, however, but its buying me time until there is one.
So, now what? I wait. I’m waiting for the office to call me back to schedule the appointment for the cortisone shot. To be honest, I normally would of called them now to schedule it myself, since they haven’t already, but the last 10 days or so have been SUPER BUSY, emotional, and just draining. I will not get into detail as it does not directly affect me, but affects some close friends of mine. They are all in my prayers and thoughts right now. That’s probably why I’ve had a hard time discussing my hip issue. I haven’t really felt pain in that area because my brain has been consumed by other situations. My pain has felt insignificant compared to the other situations and it just felt weird to talk about my “scuff”. It also felt weird to talk about it since its not related to my arthritis. Oh what a fun catch 22 I put myself in. Oh well.
Don’t worry, I’ve scheduled and set a reminder to call them this afternoon. I’ll keep you posted.
*Definition and picture source are from Mayo Clinic