Hi there, my name is Kathy, im 27 and live with my partner and our 2 Sons aged 3 and 1 in Formby, Merseyside.
I was born with congenital hip dysplasia which wasnt picked up on until i began walking. 10 years ago i was diagnosed with early osteo arthritis and kind of just got told i had to live with it until my 40s as they would give me a hip replacement at that age.
During that 10 years i have been to see numerous consultants, had to give up my job and live on painkillers and anti inflamatories. When i had my first pregnancy the pain and mobility problems got worse and very early on in my second pregnancy i got extremely bad. Inbetween having the 2 kids i found a really good surgeon called Mr Cope, he was young and gave me lots of options but the pregnancy with my second Son Jamie affected me that much he put me straight on the list for a hip replacement.
I trust him 100% and i still have contact with him however, i am now nearly four months post op and i am in more pain than i was in before. I walk with a really bad limp, havent slept more than a couple of hours a night since the op, im in severe discomfort 24/7 and if i sit for any period of time, when i stand up to walk i nearly fall over. I have got to have my other hip replaced in around 18months time and suffer chronic back pain.
It is very hard to cope at times, especially given my age. I have given up going out with my friends, although i see them alot, it is to do things with the kids. The thought of going for a night out or on a shopping trip terrifies me. I was planning to return to work this September but as i work in a gym i have had to re think and now decided to try for university.
The hardest part of life isnt the pain or missing out on the things i enjy with my friends, its having no body to talk to who understands. People sympathise with me but they never really understand. I suppose i just had a really bad day today and came online to see if i could find anybody in the same situation. This website is fantastic. Cannot believe how many sufferers there are out there. Hope i have not rambled for too long.xxx