Welcome to my blog. This is the first time, I have ever created one. I never kept a journal or did anything like this before. I don’t count facebook in this category. 😛 I created this for both you and I. I want to keep track of my progress, give the viewer a better idea of the surgery I have had, and recovery period after that surgery.
My first PAO on my right hip, was done on Dec. 18th 2012 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas.
I am a 30 year old female, going on 31 come this March, diagnosed at 27 years old. I live with my mother and my chihuahua. I attend college at Central Texas College. School is the only thing I have been able to do with success after my diagnosis. I only heard of hip dysplasia, in dogs, before my diagnosis. I was a veterinary technician at the time. I have developmental Dysplasia of the hip. DDH. Both hips. Bilateral Hip dysplasia. Most of the time, if a baby is born with DDH, it is caught, and the baby is treated. Mine was not caught and the pain did not come around until my mid 20s. This site is a way to interact with people with similar problems because, unless you have hip dysplasia, people don’t understand. They think, your complaining.
I was working two jobs at the time of my diagnosis. Emergency animal clinic and day clinic. It was extremely painful and I had bone on bone sensation. Grinding noise. In my 20s I felt like I had restless leg syndrome. I tired out easily. I made an appointment at Scott and White Clinic in Killeen. The doctor did not think I needed a hip x-ray but I pushed for one. Long story short, he was amazed, I was able to get around like I did.
He referred me to a specialist in orthopaedic in Temple, Tx Scott and White. I saw Dr. Monroe, and he told me the only treatment was a THR(total hip replacements). He would not recommend I have them done at the time because of my age. He referred me to the hip surgery doctor, Dr. Allen, who just recently did my PAO on Dec 18th 2012. Anyways, Dr. Allen, did not think most of my pain was coming from the hips, he thought it was mostly bursitis causing me pain. He would not do a THR at the time and did not offer me any other type of surgery. Dr. Monroe said I was not a candidate for a PAO, I believe. Dr. Monroe said I had arthritis and Dr. Allen said I did not. Dr. Allen gave me a steroid injection in both hips and referred me to physical therapy sessions twice a week. Which did not help, the injection just hurt period, could not sit for a day.
I was supposed to see him again Feb 2010 but I quit my job and lost my insurance. I found out about my hips in Aug. 2009, and quit the emergency clinic in Sept. 2009, and finally quit the day clinic in Oct 2009. They were not willing to work with me. At first they seemed willing, employers always do, but the supervisor said I was fine a year ago and their was nothing wrong with me because she had hip problems when she was pregnant, which to her meant their was nothing wrong with me. Matter of fact, I was scheduled to walk all the dogs every single day, after I told them about my hip dysplasia.
Needless to say, I quit, did not have insurance, and did not see a doctor again, until I had a mass on my left humerus. If you are interested in learning more about this, check out the category on the left hand side called Left Humerus Mass.
After my left arm surgery was done, my surgeon for the mass, referred me to Dr. Allen, for my hips. The same doctor Allen I saw when I was first diagnosed in 2009. The first thing, I say to him, was that I wanted a THR, I can’t live with this pain anymore. We talked about my past and the treatments he gave me then. He offered me surgery this time, finally. A Periacetabulary Osteotomy. I thought I was too old for this surgery, but he said no. He also said I did not have arthritis in 2009 or now, but I know I do, because when he was doing the PAO, he saw early arthritis, which I hope does not affect the success of my PAO.
Did I forget to mention, that I don’t develop Vitamin D?? Yep. I was diagnosed for this in 2009 as well. I was put on 50,000 units once a month but it got jumped up to twice a month before I lost my insurance. Currently, I was recently tested for my vitamin D leval again, and its worse. So I am now on it once a week. 50,000 units once a week. My hair was falling out in chunks still, even though I was taking the vitamin D twice a month. In the past if I was not on vitamin D, my hair would start to fall out. This made me concerned about my healing during recovery after my PAO, but Dr. Allen says as long as I am being treated for it, I’m good.