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Hi all,

I could REALLY use some advice because for years I haven't had proper health insurance, and I haven't taken care of myself in this department, and I am only 28 and I feel like my body is falling apart and I don't know what to do, I am panicking! :(

Anyways, here's the scoop:

When I was a teenager I was in a serious accident and broke my femur, for which I had two surgeries: one to put a titanium rod in my leg (through my hip) to help my leg heal, and one to take it out two years later.

Although the initial injury was to my femur bone only, they had to go through my hip muscles and such to conduct the surgeries. This tweaked my muscles, I think, and although I was ok for several years (even managed to keep up running, I used to be a distance runner) one day I was jogging to make a light and sort of tripped on my own foot, and hyper-extended my leg so that it twisted funny, and the next thing I knew my hip snapped out of place and broke and I fell over.


I was taken to the ER, but it was misdiagnosed, they did not believe that I could have dislocated it (I put it back in place myself before the ambulance got there--yikes!!) Because I was only 21 at the time, they did not believe I could have broken my hip.

Months later it was correctly diagnosed through an MRI, and they saw that I broke my hip.

Needless to say, it was not given the best attention and care and though I had some (very minimal) physical therapy after the break/dislocation, I did not have much. The most I learned about my hip and what to do about it was to stop running, or I would "need a hip replacement by the time I was 30." :(

Well, I had to give up running and that broke my heart, but I knew it was best for my hip.

Now, 6 years later, my hips are not doing so well. They always had their "off days," but just in the last year it has gotten very noticibly worse.

I am starting to panic, the one I broke crackles with every step, and the other one is starting to hurt all the time, and I am getting BIG bunions on my foot as well. Both my hips make snapping sounds, they constantly ache it seems, and it sounds silly, but I am realy worried about my sex life (even though I am single right now) I am beginning to think that by 30 I am going to have the hips of a 90 old, and I am terrified that sex will be too painful.


I am trying not to cry while I am writing this, my hips are aching so badly.
I alreayd had to give running up, which was one of the few things that I was really good at and made me feel good, helped me deal with stress. I feel like an old woman, and I am more physically fit and active then most of my friends, but my body can;t keep up.

I'm so young, but am terrified and depressed that my body is giving up on me, and that there is nothing I can do about it.

PLEASE HELP!!!! WHat can I do to prevent it from getting worse? Is there any way to reverse some of the damage that has been done.
I don;t expect to be able to run again, but I am not ready to say goodbye to walking, having sex, etc....

I need my hips!!!!!!! Ahhhhhh! I can feel the cartiledge whittling away!!


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