If you guys have read the blog from the start then you probably will of read my post on hip dysplasia – to surgery or not to surgery, in this post I explained that I’d suffered from hip pain since I was about 15 and that when I was younger they had once offered me hip replacement surgery but this was something I’d turned down at the time because as a scared 15 year old I felt this was a huge decision to make and I didn’t feel I knew enough about it. After I’d turned down the surgery they didn’t offer me anything else and I was left for years to just deal with it and try to manage my pain.
So I sort of give up on doctors but anyone who knows me will tell you that over the years I’ve googled hip dysplasia more times than I can count and tried every possible ‘at home’ remedy I could think of from heat packs, ice cubes, herbal remedies and even losing dramatic amounts of weight but nothing worked.
My pain just seemed to be getting worse the older I got and it was effecting my daily life more than ever as I was in constant pain, I decided earlier this year after a fall that enough was enough and I needed to get some help for my hip before it got any worse. So in June I went for my first appointment as an adult patient with a hip and knee surgeon, I’d waited almost 5 months for this appointment so I was actually really excited/nervous to see what help or options he would be able to offer me. I didn’t hold out much hope though as in the past I haven’t had very much luck in regards to doctors/specialists but to my surprise my specialist had said that surgery wasn’t something they would be willing do right now as it wouldn’t be just a hip replacement, they would have to rebuild my pelvis and then do a hip replacement apparently this is a really big operation which means the longer I can manage without it the better.
After many xrays/scans and examinations they found that as well as my hip dysplasia I now have secondary arthritis which they think is the main cause of my hip pain, although they didn’t think surgery was my best option right now they did come up with another option of giving me cortisone injections. Cortisone injections were something that I’d heard nothing about until ironically I met a lovely lady while sitting in the waiting room, it was one of them you know where you’re sitting there and a wonderful stranger starts telling you there story? I’d been sitting waiting to be called when this lady just randomly started telling me that she comes to the clinic every 6 – 12 months for Cortisone for arthritis in her hands. She told me she’d had them a few times and found them amazing so as you can imagine when they offered them to me I was over the moon, that was until I remembered how she’d described her clinic visits as ‘the scariest of my life’ she then went on to say that the needle was huge and some of the worst pain she’d ever felt.
Despite the stories of terrible pain the lovely lady told me I decided the benefits seemed to outweigh the negatives so I decided to give the injections a go. On 18th November the day finally came for my first course of Cortisone and I can definitely say I’ve never felt more excited to go to an appointment even though I was really nervous as I’m really not too good with needles but thankfully my nerves were soon put to rest once the hospital staff ran through everything that would happen and assured me the needle wasn’t huge! As the doctors assured me the needle wasn’t huge and it wasn’t the worst pain I’ve ever felt like certain people had told me it would be obviously it was uncomfortable like you can imagine with any needle but it was over within 25 minutes, they told me that once home I’d probably be in pain for a couple of days as the steroid in the injections can cause slight irritation at first but after that I’d be fine to get back to normal.
Cortisone injections don’t work for everyone so for a couple of weeks after I was really apprehensive and nervous as to weather they would work for me but just over a month after my injections I’m so pleased to be able to say it has worked wonders for me and my pain has dramatically decreased, the effects of cortisone can last for up to 7 months so hopefully they’ll last that long for me and I’ll be pain free for many more months to come!
Have any of you guys had Cortisone? If so How did it work for you? please let me know in the comments below guys.