YANMD/YANML, but can you offer advice on my osteoarthritis situation?
February 28, 2013 6:18 AM Subscribe
Following some intense pain I felt back in August
, I began going to doctors to figure out the cause. I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I am in my mid-twenties. I could use some help figuring out my next medical and legal steps.
posted by Sakura3210 to health & fitness (6 answers total)
I've seen 3 specialists (1 sports medicine/orthopedist and 2 orthopedist/surgeons).
The SM noted I have a bone spur, and seemed to think that my August pain was due to a hip impingement caused by the spur. Recommended surgery to shave it down. One of the surgeons basically agreed with the SM (bone spur, hip arthroscopy to shave it down). The last surgeon (supposedly one of the best in the nation) told me that my cartilage is too far gone (plus I apparently have cysts on the femur bone), so that a full hip replacement is my only real option. His opinion is the August pain was likely due to a cyst exploding, causing inflammation.
I would really like to avoid surgery- I've had it before for another part of my body, and the surrounding areas now hurt almost daily. The hip is not severely hurting me (only when I overdo it do I flare up, and nowhere near as bad as August). What should I do? Do I see another specialist? Is it a bad idea to avoid the surgery? If not, how can I make my hip better/avoid making it worse?
The doctors all seemed to agree this was caused by trauma. The most likely culprit was a fall I took 2 years ago on a giant patch of ice (flew through the air, smashed hit the ground with my hip) that was on the sidewalk in front of the stairs that lead into my building. I got up (hurting pretty bad) and went to the super to tell him about the patch, and he went to break it up with a shovel. I tried going to class, but the pain was too much, so I went home and spent the next two days in bed (possibly more? Can't remember 100%). I do not think I went to the doctor (stupid me, but I think I figured it was just a bad bruise, and that it would heal). Everything seemed fine afterwards, so I forgot about it until all this went down. Might I have a viable complaint? I usually just let these things slide, but since I now have irreversible damage...
Sorry this is so long, but I am really concerned about my future health and well-being. Any advice is welcome. Thanks!