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Name:
sam
   
Location:
Sydney
Sex:
male
Age:
36
Reason for Hip Problems:
ankylosing spondilitis (arthritis)
Profession:
teacher
Comments:
I am very happy to know that there are many people like myself, not happy because they've got problems but you know it is hard to suffer alone. I've done bilateral hips replacement 5 years ago. doctors said that I am very young to have this surgery, but I was relieved to know that there was something which could make me walk again without that killing pain in my hips. so I did it. I'll be happy to hear from anyone would like to talk about this. Sam


05/28/98 01:15:06

Name:
Sudhir D
   
Location:
New Delhi, India
Age:
60 years
Reason for Hip Problems:
Treatment for NHL in '87-'88 which included steroids.
Number of Hip Surgeries:
None so far
Profession:
Engineer
Comments:
I had NHL 10 years and had chemotherapy as advised by the specialists at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. There was a relapse of the NHL during which time severe pain in my right hip joint. The pain is off and on and I am generally quite mobile and s I'm and can and do travel heavily when required. Following last week's bone scan and MRI of the hips I am told I am a potential candidate for THR once the pain not be controlled by Nimesulide.

 
05/26/98 16:59:03

Name:
JOHN C
   
Location:
MO
Sex:
MALE
Age:
48
Number of Hip Surgeries:
two
Profession:
engineer
Comments:

 
05/25/98 23:12:26

Name:
Holly
   
Sex:
Female
Age:
22
Reason for Hip Problems:
Lupus
Profession:
Inventory Controller
Comments:
My story is very long ..... so I'll just tell the short version. With my disease I was put on a steroid (Prednisone) this caused my hip joints to collapse. That causing THR. I was only 19 when I had both of my hips done. It's been 3 yrs since then and I ove the new additions! Now I'm starting to get information on shoulders, I have to have both shoulders replaced!!! Wish me luck!


05/21/98 09:12:21

Name:
Al R
   
Location:
San Antonio, Texas
Sex:
Male
Age:
32
Reason for Hip Problems:
Avascular Necrosis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
First replacement. bi-lateral decompression last Nov, 97
Profession:
Pastry Chef
Comments:
I was to have THR on the 18th of May, 98. But got sick with pneumonia three weeks before surgery. Nt doctor started therepy to knock out the pneumonia and by Monday the 18th I was given the OK for surgery again. I thought I would have to wait for maybe -4 weeks for the surgery to be rescheduled, But, Tuesday I got the word that the surgeon had an opening this Friday the 22, at 12:00 noon. I am excited about finally getting this over with. I am riding a bike this October in the Texas AIDS Ride, 575 mile across the great state of Texas. I was worried that my recovery time would not leave enough time for actual training time on my bike. The surgeon says I should recover quickly since I am in good physical shape. I have been doing extra leg exercise with eight machines to make sure my muscles are as strong as possible going in to the surgery. I completed Pre-Op today. Everything looks good to go. I am a bit nervous. But, know I will be fine. By the way my reason for having the THR is that I developed vascular Necrosis last June 97, after receiving Prednisone for a pneumonia in March of 96. I had core-decompression last Nov. 24th, 97. Doctor said I was to young to have THR at 31 that decompression was the first step. I got 4 months extra use out of my left hip. But, it started hurting mid-March and doctors did an x-ray and saw that the left femur head was collapsing. I was told it was time to do THR. I will be having surgery at University Hospital in San Antonio, TX. My doctor is Dr. Mabery Head of ortho. Thanks Linda for having a wonderful site where people can share their stories.


05/20/98 20:24:58

Name:
Pat R
   
Location:
Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Sex:
female
Age:
68
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Profession:
retired
Comments:
This is a wonderful site. I thought I was all alone, and now I find others with the same problem. It wasn't in my mind after all. God bless you all. Pat.


05/20/98 20:24:01

Name:
Pat R
   
Location:
Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Sex:
female
Age:
68
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Profession:
retired
Comments:


05/14/98 21:17:38

Name:
Gloria M
   
Location:
Las Vegas, Nv
Sex:
Female
Age:
54
Reason for Hip Problems:
Fall
Profession:
Dept. Mgr. -Retail-Retired
Comments:
I was on a ladder at work the ladder slipped one way and I fell the opposite way, shattering the hip ball, as a result I had THR. I am having some problems with gait and pain I will be having surgery again in the near future to correct these problems. Tha k you Linda for such a terrific site. I was having a bad night 5/14/98 and I think I was guided to this site. I have been on the net before just searching for a site like this with no luck. Keep up the great job

 
05/12/98 22:45:21

Name:
Steve G
   
Location:
Staunton,VA
Age:
41
Reason for Hip Problems:
avascular necrosis
Profession:
government
Comments:


05/11/98 00:56:52

Name:
Amy S
  Location:
Fairbanks, Alaska
Sex:
Female
Age:
42
Reason for Hip Problems:
congenital + arthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
scheduled 4/48/98
Profession:
Advanced Practice Nurse
Comments:
Anxious and tired of being in pain. Waited 6 months before deciding THR a patently obvious need. Have a 2 year old boy + 2 teen boys. This web side helpful.


05/10/98 01:13:14

Name:
Joyce C
   
Location:
Frederick, MD
Sex:
Female
Age:
48
Reason for Hip Problems:
Congenital Dislocated Hip/repaired joint disintegrated
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1THR
Profession:
Assistant Museum Coordinator
Comments:
Well, I had my L THR on April 29, 1998. This is my first time back at the PC. My surgery went very well. I took a short walk and sat up for four hours the day after. I had Physical Therapy in my room until Monday. Then it was twice a day in the gym a the hospital. I am partial weight bearing using a walker. I came home yesterday, Friday, May 8. All I want to do now is sleep. You sure don't go to the hospital for rest! Pain? Not much. Nothing like the agony in my left thigh and groin before. The worst pain is in the muscles that hadn't worked for months; the pain comes during exercises. It's a grin and bear it situation. Since my surgeon also restored my leg to near ly its normal length, the muscles are complaining extra--but nothing like what I had before the surgery. I see my surgeon Tuesday morning in her office. Hope to get the staples out then. Probably the only thing that scared me was the drainage that started last Sunday. I wasn't prepared for that. However, it often happens, and a few days of antibiotic cleared it up. I'll keep you posted from time to time. Joyce Thanks, Linda, for this site. The information is great, and sharing with others undergoing the same thing is good for the morale.


05/08/98 22:03:35

Name:
Marlyn W
   
Location:
Amarillo, TX
Age:
44
Reason for Hip Problems:
OA of left hip due to unknown cause
Number of Hip Surgeries:
0 (THR scheduled for June 29, 1998)
Comments:
I have had slowly worsening left hip pain, and my left leg has slowly been becoming shorter over many years. I don't have any significant problems with any of my other joints. About 5-6 years ago I was told that I had severe enough OA in my left hip that needed a THR, but I was advised to delay the surgery for as long as possible due to my age. One doctor advised me to "wait until you are in nearly unbearable pain almost all the time". Well, I am not QUITE that bad yet, but I do have some pain nearly all the time now (at times severe), and I am beginning to have to severely curtail many of the activities I enjoy. I also think that compensating for my painful hip is beginning to mess up the rest of my body, so I have finally decided to go ahead with the su gery. I have had plenty of time to research the subject and am pretty confident that I know what I am facing, but I was very glad to find this site to get a more thorough perspective of what to expect. Nothing beats first-person accounts! I am not sure wh t caused my left hip OA. I don't think I have ever taken steroids. One orthopod thinks it is most likely the result of some long-past injury that damaged the blood supply to the femoral head. Makes sense, since I used to train horses and have been dashed o the ground many a time! After reading other people's stories I am more thankful than ever that I only have 1 joint that is giving me trouble. My right hip looks absolutely normal on radiographs. I am not really looking forward to my surgery or the recov ry period (I will have a cementless implant), but I am looking forward to having it over with. I hope I will be able to better perform my favorite physical activities (bicycling and hiking) after my recovery, and my surgeon thinks I will be able to as lon as I am reasonable (triple chain-ring crankset on bike, no heavily-loaded backpacking or excessively rough trails). I also hope I won't be crippling around so when I work in my yard and garden! Luckily I have a wonderfully caring and patient husband to h lp me out at home during my recovery, and a fairly sedentary job to return to when I am able (my surgeon said I could probably go back at least part-time within 3 weeks). Anyone who has any helpful hints or advise for me, please send e-mail, and I will an wer all (may take a few days!).


05/08/98 15:45:49

Name:
Joe S
   
Location:
Plover, Wisconsin
Sex:
Male
Age:
40
Reason for Hip Problems:
congenital
Number of Hip Surgeries:
two
Profession:
general manager of fab shop
Comments:
My problem with my hips started as an infant. I was born with dislocated hips and to try to correct the problem the doctors in the 1950's used casts to spread my legs apart and try to make the hips go back into the sockets. This caused a loss of blood fl w to the ball and over a number of years, the ball and socket deteriated. My first THR was back in 1989, I was 32 years old at the time and had severe pain constantly. I had a very hard time sleeping at night and could only stand for short periods of time. At the time I had my left hip replaced, I had never experienced pain i my right hip. Soon after my THR of my left hip, I was totally pain free. I could do anything I wanted. I started water skiing, sky diving, motorcycling, snowmobiling, yard work, you name it, I could do it. A year or so passed and my right hip started to cause me pain. I could still do almost anything, but, had to put up with the nagging pain again. About a month ago, I made an appointment to have my right hip done. the surgery was set for April 25th at 8:00 am. I couldn't beleive when I woke in recovery and it was only 10:15, the surgury was complete and according to my surgen it took only 45 min tes. He said all went well and scheduled me for some physical therapy the next day. I was feeling so good, I was ready to go home. The wouldn't let me go home the next day, but on wednesday after only two nights in the hospital they released me. I was very excited as my first THR had me there for 10 days. Well, its now about a week and a half later and everything is going great. I've been back to work for an entire week and feel like I could throw down the crutches. I have to remain on crutches for another 3 weeks or so as the doctor perscribed no weight bearing for that length of time. It's a beautiful spring here in Wisconsin and not being able to hop the Gold Wing and go for a ride is kind of tough, but, looking foreword to a complete recovery in no time-----Then watch out.

05/07/98 15:53:05

Name:
Colleen C. L
   
Location:
Tustin, California
Sex:
Female
Age:
52
Reason for Hip Problems:
osteo-arthritis and acromegaly
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1 THR Right hip 12/15/97
Profession:
Purchasing Manager
Comments:
I first found this website the summer of'97, 6 months before my surgery and I have learned a lot since then. While I am realitivy young for this procedure, I knew I would need it several years ago, but I had to have brain surgery and back surgery first. O e of the most important things was questions to ask your doctor and if she/he is not willing to talk to you about them, then go find another doctor. You need to be sure that your doctor is your partner in this. Also, you will not heal the same way other do, so listen to your body and your doctor and don't compare; just know that you are going at your pace and trust in youself and God. Do go for aqua therapy if at all possible since it is so much easier on your body.


05/05/98 22:52:38

Name:
vicky
   
Location:
ohio
Sex:
female
Age:
43
Reason for Hip Problems:
OA
Profession:
pt aide
Comments:
I just wanted to let you know that I am now two weeks post op of my R THR today. The pain I was having before is totally gone. I am using a walker yet for another two weeks and then I can go to a cane. I am full weight bearing as tolerated now. I am glad hat I had it done. My surgeon said I can go back to horse back riding later on. So I am working towards that by going to physical therapy twice a week to help build up my strength.. Thank you to the people that emailed me me and gave me support. This support group is great. VICKY


05/04/98 17:45:07

Name:
Hassan M. M
   
Location:
EGYPT
Sex:
Male
Age:
26
Reason for Hip Problems:
Rheumatoid Arthiritis
Profession:
Computer Engineer
Comments:
I am the youngest THR in EGYPT. i am a software Engineer. Silly thing happen to me , i go to the surgery room to do the surgery , but the doctor (he was from Swiss) say that the implant will not fit with me :))) , but it was fine with me because i know after that , that this implant with the worst type. after that with 6 monthes i did it withe cemented on , with DR. Hassan El Zaher , he is a great doctor he is egyptian also. its really hard to give up football , BasketBall. but its fine to walk again without pain. My hip is cemented. here in EGYPT , THR is a big problem, because the IMPLANT types is very bad, they send us the most badly replacement part. but the Surgeon are fine. but they don't have experience in Uncemented THR.

05/03/98 18:59:11

Name:
Liane H
   
Location:
Lee, NH
Age:
39
Reason for Hip Problems:
congenital dislocation
Number of Hip Surgeries:
4 total; 1 replacement
Profession:
chemist, paramedic, future med student
Comments:
First off, Linda, let me tell you what an excellent service you are providing by maintaining this site. I had heard vaguely of your site during my pre-op training session, but the person could not tell me your URL. I just recently found you in a rather ro nd-about way. Anyway, about myself... I was born with a left hip dislocation which was diagnosed at 3 months of age. This was reduced with a series of casts throughout my infancy. Things were fairly normal until I was about 12, when the hip dislocated again. This time, they operated, created a second socket higher up in the pelvis. This left me with a fairly stable joint, but a severe limp, which I have lived with ever since. Numerous absurd ideas were proposed to rectify the situation - most of them involving shortenin the good leg, but I was not comfortable with any of them. And for many years, replacement surgery was not an option due to my relatively young age. But in recent years, I've been hearing good things about the implants, so I began to consider it. In recent years, the pain has been increasing - not to the point that it was unbearable, but rather, it was starting to limit my activities. That began to scare me. Being a paramedic and working with a lot of patients, I readily equate a sedentary lifestyle with the beginnings of more serious diseases. I had my surgery 13 weeks ago; it was actually 4 procedures in 1. The joint was replaced. I had a femoral osteotomy (shortening) because in bringing the joint back down to nearly its original position, the nerves would not stretch far enough. The femur al o was straightened and the rotation corrected. Whew! I was on crutches for 6 weeks, and also had a Newport brace for that period. How I hated that brace! Pain was tolerable. Things were uneventful. I stayed out of work for that period, primarily because I found the brace uncomfortable. I worked on my exerci es, and walked up to 2 miles every day on crutches. The 2nd 6 weeks, I was on a cane. I started back to work full time and also began seeing a physical therapist - there were a lot of motions I could not do unassisted. But the 2nd 6 weeks also gave me a lot of severe knee pain. This being due to my body be ng realligned, the muscles still being very week, and all my new activity. I've had my 2nd post-op Dr. visit last week, and have been told I can do whatever is comfortable. I'm not ready to totally give up the cane yet, but I am walking more and more without it. I definitely do not want to push the knee too far too fast. There is currently no hip pain, and only a slight residual thigh pain. The therapy has definitely helped. In spite of the osteotomy, I've actually gained some leg length; it is now only about 3/4" shorter than the right leg. It used to be ~ 3" shorter. I still have a limp, but I don't think it is nearly as severe, and that may improve as the muscles strengthe . All in all, I'm pleased so far. I'm hoping to be in pretty good shape when I start med school in the Fall. (No I am not going into orthopedics - emrgency care has my heart). This group has been wonderful in sharing their stories. I hope to keep you updated on my progress. Love to all!


05/01/98 05:31:18

Name:
Troy T
   
Location:
Simi Valley, Ca
Sex:
male
Age:
28
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN Left hip
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1 Core Decompression
Profession:
Student / Customer Service
Comments:
Unlike others with AVN, my story is slightly different. While enlisted in the military, I underwent a hypospadias surgery in January of 1996. As a result of this surgery I was in the lathotomy position for six hours which ended up cutting off the blood upply to my low back and left hip. After several MRIs to locate the pain in my low back, I was diagnosed with AVN in my left hip. On October 4, 1996, I underwent a core decompression (like many others I have read about) which did no good. in May of 199 , I was discharged from the military due to the AVN. During my seperation physical, I was told by the doctors that I had around 5-10 Years before I would need a THR. As of today (4/30/98), I find myself preparing for my first THR on my left hip on May 1 ,1998 :( one year after discharge :( On the road to becoming a "hippie" and finding this site, I now feel like I am not alone... although I do have a few questions. My biggest concern is the pain I am facing. What will help? What should I expect after surgery? And if I will ever walk str ight again without a limp? Good luck to everyone out there and remember to keep your spirits up!!!


04/30/98 01:59:11

Name:
Nancy H
   
Location:
Council Bluffs, IA
Sex:
female
Age:
41
Reason for Hip Problems:
OA
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1, right hip scheduled for 8/21/98
Profession:
RN consultant for Assisted Living Facilities
Comments:
Had my first THR on the left hip 04/03/98. 3 1/2 weeks later I am walking without crutches (with the doctor's approval). Will be going back to work 4 weeks after surgery. Can't wait to get the other hip done and be without pain. Actually it is schedule for 8/21/98. I am very much a success story. No swelling after surgery, really no problems. Did run a temp in the hospital, but it was not related to infection. They just think I hyper-responded to surgery. Went home 4 days after surgery and have bee going every since with the use of my crutches. Was glad to be able to drive again (3 1/2 weeks without). My boyfriend has been very good about keeping me active. My only pain is in the right hip now. Life is so much better!! Praise God for all his blessings !!!


04/29/98 23:02:25

Name:
Mary L. G
   
Location:
Wisconsin
Sex:
Female
Age:
49
Reason for Hip Problems:
Synovial Cyst Attached to Right Hip and Hole in Hip
Number of Hip Surgeries:
One
Profession:
Admnistrative Assistant to a B roker
Comments:
Went in for two surgeries 1/20/98; one to remove the cyst and two to replace the hip (hybrid). Ended up FOUR surgeries - blood clots afterwards...had angio-plasty and by-pass. Hip is healing, but total recovery is slow due to all the surgery and re-ons t of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Use of platform walker with basket and grabber attached and a leg lifter is a must afterwards. Also having a caring partner is essential to recovery. I had all. I'm blessed.


04/29/98 18:05:01

Name:
patricia w
   
Location:
oxford ,Wisconsin
Sex:
female
Age:
62
Reason for Hip Problems:
avn
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none
Profession:
school bus driver
Comments:
love the group and have found so much info that I would never have on my own. Especially the questions you don't realize you should have answers too.


04/29/98 13:27:34

Name:
Karen H
   
Location:
Clinton, TN
Age:
34
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN,due to steroid use for LUPUS
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1 core decompression, 1 THR on Left eventually
Profession:
Homemaker
Comments:
I was diagnosed with AVN in both hips in October of '97. The AVN was caused from taking prednisone to control LUPUS. A core decompression was performed on the right hip in December '97. So far so good! The left hip will eventually need replacing. It is in advanced stage 4. I am doing well so far. My left hip is holding its own right now. There are good days and bad days, but until my bad days out number my good days, I am going to hold off on the THR surgery. This is a great web site! Really enjoy ll the info that is available from such a variety of sources. Feel free to email with any questions.......


04/29/98 03:41:13

Name:
Dan D
   
Sex:
male
Age:
64
Reason for Hip Problems:
arthritis
Profession:
retired teacher
Comments:
HELLO: MY NAME IS DAN I AM 64 AND WEIGH 240 POUNDS, AND I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A HIP REPLACEMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF ANYONE ELSE HAS HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM. ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1997 I HAD MY HIP REPLACED. EVERYTHING WAS LOOKING GOOD UNTIL I STARTED BLEEDING BACK INTO THE WOUND; I WAS GIVEN MEDICATION TO THIN MY 'ALREADY THIN' BLOOD. I WENT BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL TO EVACUATE THE POOLING BLOOD. THE DOCTOR WORKED N THE UPPER PART OF THE WOUND. A WEEK AND A HALF LATER HE HAD TO EVACUATE THE LOWER HALF OF THE WOUND. WHEN I CAME HOME I HAD HOME NURSING CARE TO PACK THE WOUND; TO ALLOW IT TO HEAL FROM THE INSIDE-OUT. AFTER A MONTH THEY FOUND TUNNELS RUNNING FROM TH BOTTOM OF THE WOUND TOWARD THE HIP REPLACEMENT. I WENT BACK INTO THE HOSPITAL FOR THIRD TIME SINCE THE ORIGINAL VISIT. THE SURGEON AND HIS PARTNER TRIED EVERY THING THEY KNEW TO DETERMINE IF THERE WAS INFECTION IN THE PROSTHESES. BLOOD TEST AT THIS PO NT SHOWED THAT I PICKED UP A STAFF INFECTION. I SPENT 30 DAYS ON I.V. ANTIBIOTICS TWICE A DAY. I HAVE THE TYPE II DIABETICS. I HERD ABOUT THE HYPERBERIC CHAMBER HELPING DIFFICULT WOUNDS TO HEAL. I AM IN MY 45 SESSION IN CHAMBER. I ALSO HERD ABOUT CHR NICURE, A POWER SUBSTANCE WHICH HELPS IN THE HEALING. THE WOUND AT THIS POINT SEEMS TO BE HEALING, GOING FROM 7.8 CM TO 3.2 CM. I HAVE NO SYMPTOM OF INFECTION, THE BLOOD TESTS COME BACK O.K. EX RAYS OF THE PROSTHESES SHOWS THAT IT IS SOLID WITH NO SIGN OF CORROSION. ON FRIDAY I SAW THE SURGEON WHO WAS HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS WERE GOING. TWO HOURS LATER I SAW MY INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR, WHO CLAIMS THAT THERE IS INFECTION IN PROSTHESES. HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE THAT THE INFECTION IS IN THE PROSTHESE . HE IS BASING HIS BELIEF ON THE LENGTH OF TIME THE WOUND HAS BEEN OPEN. I FEEL WELL AND THE HIP IS STRONG, BUT STILL HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT INFECTION. IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE AND THEY MUST REMOVE THE PROSTHESES, WHAT AM I LOOKING AT. HOW DO THEY DO THE OPERATION AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECOVER. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ANY INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS gad1@mindspring.com THANK YOU DAN


04/28/98 23:36:30

Name:
Renette
   
Location:
CA
Sex:
female
Age:
21
Reason for Hip Problems:
hip fracture turned into arthritis
Comments:
I have finally had my THR. I had the operation on the 17th of April. It is a week later, I feel terrific. I get a little bit better everyday.


04/27/98 14:32:53

Name:
Paula S
   
Location:
Baltimore, MD
Age:
24
Reason for Hip Problems:
Juevenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Number of Hip Surgeries:
1 and 1 on the way
Profession:
System Programmer
Comments:
I was diagnosed with JRA at age 8. I needed both hips replaced my junior year in high school, but was told to wait as long as possible. I had my first hip replacement(rt) in the summer of '93 right before my junior year in collage. I had my knee replace (rt) in the summer of '97, and am preparing to have my other hip replaced(lft) this year, May 18th '98.


04/25/98 14:50:41

Name:
Terry B
   
Location:
Ireland
Sex:
Male
Age:
30
Reason for Hip Problems:
Osteoarthritis
Profession:
Sales /farmer
Comments:
Had a THR on 30 th May 97 Have a a limp now Going to see my surgeon on the 1st of May What should i ask him?????


04/24/98 09:42:28

Name:
Dee V
   
Location:
The Netherlands
Age:
40
Reason for Hip Problems:
Accident in the home
Profession:
Housewife
Comments:
I added my little story a few weeks ago and just want to say thank you to those who took the time to email me. It was a big help. I have two large screws in my femural head and am now in week 11. Was told last week to start walking again and luckily I ad decided myself to have physio from week 3 (hospital told me it wasn't necessary!) so things are going quite well. Believe it or not I had no pain (just the 2 inch scar) for the first 10 weeks (which worried me, what's wrong? why haven't I any pain?) N w a week after putting full weight on leg I have pain. It's not unbearable but now I'm worrying - why am I having pain now? What's wrong? I have physio twice a week now but go every day to exercise on the machines and my therapist had told me no more c utches after this weekend! Although I'd been told that the screws would stay in for good, at my last hospital visit, specialist told me they would HAVE to come out since the hip had 'sunk in' which he said was perfectly normal. Anyone know what that mea s? I must say the Dutch medical system is good (I'm originally Irish) but you really have to drag the information out of them. Thanks again.

 
04/23/98 15:44:33

Name:
Werner M
   
Location:
Vienna
Sex:
male
Age:
44
Reason for Hip Problems:
AVN
Number of Hip Surgeries:
none until now
Profession:
computer operator
Comments:
Hi Linda ! I am reading your homepage since december 97, when my hip-problems really started to disturb my life. Got AVN, diagnosed in december 97 (atypical ?) don't know, where it comes from. Got no real problems, a little hurt in both hips, but still am able to get to my office without working physically. I don't know, how long it will last that way, but I'm still feeling well. So, to all these, who are suffering only a little bit from this ad illness, keep going ahead and think of those people, who are not as lucky as we are. These ones, who have got cancer or other real problems with their health, and be glad, that you have got the chance, to live your life, not perfect, but even not so b d. The magic words are"HOPE" and "BELIEVING" and "FAITH". I'm sorry for my poor english, and I wish you, dear Linda, all the best and thank you very much for your encouragement !
 

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