Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,

So I had my appointment with my orthopedist today. Nice guy. I like him a lot. He's very blunt and practical, and willing to answer questions. The first thing he did was order another xray so he could see both hips, but when that came back, he nodded and said, "Yeah. That's classic arthritis." He pointed everything out to me on the screen. My right hip is perfectly fine, and while the spacing on my left is good, there are definite cysts to show that it's arthritis.

"I'm going to order an MRI," he said, "but all that's going to do is come back and tell you exactly what I've told you now." Which is how sure he is about this.

He was very open about everything, too. "Can I tell you why it's hitting only your left hip? No. Does it suck that you're really too young to get this? Yes. Is there really anything we can do but pain management? Not really." Well, at least not until I'm older, it's more progressed, and hip replacement surgery is my best option. But that's a long way down the road hopefully.

He did assure me that I can be more liberal in taking the ibuprofen. I've been very strict with myself, only taking it when it's absolutely necessary, and then only once a day and never on consecutive days, so it's a relief I don't have to be quite as stringent about it. And the weight loss is the biggest thing I can do help it.

It's hardly a surprise, and actually a bit of a relief to have something more definite.
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