I had my appointment with my OS by now.
Since my last X-rays were taken around the 6 month PO mark and I am now borderline 16 months, it was time for a fresh set of X-rays. Of both hips!
By now I know the drill… “point your toes together”, “give me the frog leg position”…. My OS looked at them but said, it is impossible to tell from an X-ray what’s going on, so he ordered an MRI. To rule out AVN and to pick up anything else that might be going on.
I asked him what would happen if it was AVN. His answer was short and simple – THR and that soon, before the hip collapses. Gosh!
He wanted the MRI as soon as possible and I got lucky to get an appointment the same afternoon. While I was waiting and being a nervous wreck about the potential bad diagnosis, I had the pleasure to sit next to some chatterbox.
By the time I got called in, I knew “what, where and for whom she worked, what her husband does and doesn’t do; where her son is stationed, what she sent him for Easter and of course what carrier choice her Grandkids chose for themselves”!
G-o-o-d-n-e-s-s !! Compared to that the noises the MRI machine made were calming.
The MRI took a good half hour, was not painful but not comfortable either since they had to tape my toes together. That puts the hips in a more optimal position somehow.
I got my diagnosis the same evening.
The good news first – the bone has fully healed and no AVN. Bad news – I have a new labral tear! Not the greatest news but compared to having AVN and ending up with a THR, this is gold. And compared to the hip fracture from last year an “upgrade”. (Hipster humor…)
The other, good hip is ok, just stressed out from compensation and overload.
I was told, I didn’t do anything wrong. It happened because the fracture was impacted and had to be pinned in a certain way the day of the accident. Now the hip is not anatomical anymore and to put it bluntly, something is “banging”against my labrum and tore it.
It is a different kind of tear than before, back then it was vertical, now it’s horizontal.
Shows again, listen to your body!! I knew this was more than a regular flare.
I will see my OS again in six days, to talk it over and discuss the next steps. It’s not ideal but it’s better than AVN. Never thought I would say “I am happy it’s a labral tear”.
Let’s see what next steps my OS proposes.