So if we are friends IRL you know that I have been having a lot of pain issues in in 2020. In mid December I had an x-ray and was diagnosed with Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) , pincer type, in both my hips.
The thing about pincer type is that it isn’t something that CHANGED in my body in the last 45 years, it is something that I was born with. Yes Baby, I was born that way! Go Gagag!
I can tell from your face you have a question. It is probably the same question I had. If I was born with the condition WHY does it hurt so much now? I assumed that it was regular wear and tear, my weight, etc. but then I met Dr. Andrew. Andrew is a new part of my recovery. When we met he did an EXTENSIVE history of illness’ and accidents to try and isolate the problem. After an assessment and a treatment he had a VERY surprising conclusion, and I was legit SHOCKED!!!
Now if I were click bait here is the part where I would give a link to a super crappy add filled page that ever actually answers what I found so shocking. Lucky you I am the real deal baby!
Eight loooooong years ago I was out for a run on a cold, wet November evening. Under the wet leaves my right foot found a piece of broken asphalt. It rolled in the MOST disgusting way possible. I knew right away that I was fucked. It was a third degree sprain and a broken bone in the foot. I spent WEEKS in first a cast, then a boot. It sucked. And although I did do physio, it was not enough. Maybe not the right person, maybe not long enough, I don’t know. But I do know it has not been pain free at all in the last eight years. Now sounds a little dramatic. It’s the kind of pain that you learn to live with. Daily it’s like having a low-grade headache in my foot. It flares up a lot worse where there is going to be “weather” or when my foot is really cold. I knew the foot was bothersome to me, what I didn’t know was that the pain was having a profound impact on the whole structure of my body!
Yes Theydies and Gentlethems ….
Your foot bone connected to your heel bone
Your heel bone connected to your ankle bone
Your ankle bone connected to your leg bone
Your leg bone connected to your knee bone
Your knee bone connected to your thigh bone
Your thigh bone connected to your hip bone
Your hip bone connected to your back bone
And it turns out when you fuck with one of them you fuck with them all. I stopped walking properly on my right foot which started putting strain on quads and hammies and IT bands and a bunch of other stuff. Once the right side was sufficiently buggered we moved on to the left side. Now eight years down the line the left side is EXHAUSTED from over compensating. Throw in a job that is very physically challenging and a waaaay to sedentary life and BOOM …. PAIN CITY BABY!
So what does that mean for me now? I will continue to work with my team on pain management and helping the hip thru physio, acupuncture, and anything else that might work. Yoga, walking, prayer… really ANYTHING to avoid getting a new hip for as long as possible. In the mean time Andrew is going to teach my right foot how to be a proper foot again. How weird is that?!