Hi everybody, I’m Chris and new here. A couple of weeks ago (three?) I went in to a local sports med Dr (He is quite good)to have to my left hip examined because of extreme pain, he diagnosed me with hip dysplasia and told me I needed THR surgery. The X-rays were all the evidence I needed, nearly all of the cartilage in my left hip is gone and the bleach white of my bones showed the obvious contact points of the femur ball contacting lower down on my pelvis toward the pubic. I am an ultra runner, I’ve been running most of my life with the usual gaps of disinterest when I would become involved in other sports like, rock climbing, mountain climbing, ice climbing etc. I returned to running in 2014 and found a life in the ultra running scene in 2016. I’ve since ran in a slough of ultra’s from 50k up to 100 miles.
Last year in October of 2019 I was running in the Javelina Jundred 100 mile trail race about 50 miles in I began having hip pain, grinding, aching debilitating hip pain. Pain was shooting down my leg to my knee. I was slowed to a speed walk and by the time I reached 80 miles I had missed the final time cutoff and dropped from the race. I took the winter off thinking I could recover with rest. It did help and when covid struck I found myself out of work and my health insurance at risk of not getting paid I decided to forgo the Dr appointment, my hip felt ok again, no rush. I ran through spring and summer and the pain gradually returned, after my longer runs over 20 miles I would have to be inactive for a couple of days afterwards until the pain subsided and run again.
This process came to a head in early September, I couldn’t handle the pain any more and stopped running. Finally I got off my butt and went and saw a Dr, and now you are all caught up. I’m going to schedule the surgery after the new year in January when my health insurance renews so I don’t pay twice on the deductible.
After being told I won’t be able to run again I spent about 10 days dealing with the emotional backlash (I suffer with depression) basically crying in the fetal position on the couch. The I began coming out of my darkness and started researching options and post surgery running. I have several friends who have had THR and are back to running ultra’s, they said that if you get the right hip prosthetic you can return to running as long as your bone quality can accept the prosthetic. I have my second meeting with my Dr next week to begin the process leading to surgery. I trust his evaluation, but not his opinion regarding not being able to run again and this will be a topic during the appointment.
Any advice you all can give me would be appreciated regarding the type of hip and materials. Also I’m trying to find a good PT that is familiar with recovery for runners. Wow this post got long, sorry about that!