Newly diagnosed early onset degenerative osteoarthritis in both hips.
Hi everyone, I'm devasted to be here. I'm sorry for the long post but I'm just lost.
2 years ago, I thought I pulled a muscle in my groin / leg. It took a long time to heal and I didn't go to the doctors. Fast forward to March 2021 and I had the covid vaccine. About 10 days later, I got the same pain in my groin, but couldn't remember doing anything to cause it. Then the pain got worse and spread to my other leg. I honestly thought I had a reaction to the vaccine. In a very short period of time, I could hardly walk. It felt like all the muscles across my bum and top of my legs were so tight, it was pulling my legs into the wrong position. I had an xray which didn't show any problems. I was referred to a rheumatologist. It took months to get an appointment and the consultant basically said it wasn't rheumatology related and asked what my mental health was like, as if I was making it up. The honest answer to that was my mental health was dreadful, due to the fact that every single second of every day, I am in agony. I was even more upset after my consultation cos he dismissed me. He said he'd refer me for an MRI but didn't expect to see me again. I started swimming every other day and Physio and losing weight. I managed to reduce the pain significantly and only needed pain killers when I first woke up and before i went to bed.
By Christmas, I was sick of the effects of pain killers and decided to ween myself off codeine. I've had 6 weeks from hell doing this. Whilst it wasn't as painful as it was when it first started, the stairs became almost impossible to climb. I had my MRI 4 weeks ago and still hadn't got the results.
I called the GP on Friday to see what else I can do for the pain. He tells me he has my results and there's nothing wrong with my back, but I have early onset degenerative osteoarthritis in both hips. I'm 42 years old. He's put me straight back on codeine. I think he said it was mild but this pain is anything but mild. Until I get the letter, I don't know anymore.
I've been a wreck all weekend. I'm a building surveyor, I have to be able to climb ladders, get into loft spaces etc. I've been mourning the future loss of my career. I have so many questions swimming around my head. Am I going to be on painkillers until they decide to replace my hip? Should I have these steriod injections? How long before I can't do my job anymore? I know a lot of these can't be answered. I always thought people got it in their hips when theyve had it in their feet or knees and put too much pressure on one side. I am so scared that no one will employ in the future. I feel so alone. Is it odd that I had if in both sides at the same time? I know the vaccine didn't cause it, it must have been happening for a while but I can't help but feel it triggered this flare up and I'm really scared to get the booster in case it was the trigger and it gets worse. I do want the booster but in terrified.
Thanks for listening to the ramblings of a crazy woman.
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