“Alright, alright, alright”

I am doing good.

The cortisone took off the edge and does its magic. Quite nice to not have really aching hips and to get a mental breather.




I also went back to the gym but nothing crazy, to not aggravate Majesty hip. 5 minutes the Elliptical/ level 1 and 10 minutes the stationary bike, also level 1 so far. Stretches are back on the menu, light weights, foam rolling and even planks.

Verdict – both times the hip was aching afterwards, but tolerable. I now took eight weeks off because of the flare, which was topped off by the diagnosis of the labral tear. I guess I have to ease back into it and enjoy what I “can” do, more than getting grumpy about what I “can’t” do.




You also know you have been way too long at this, when various people keep pointing out “you are walking! Without crutches.” (Geez. I used to be known for my tennis game. Now I am known for “hips”. What a trade off!)


I also don’t know how many times I was asked recently if I am getting a  THR. No, I am not. Final answer.

My hip went through quite a bit already, is not anatomic anymore and a bit beaten up but everything considered, it’s still a good quality, functional hip. And most of all, my own bone.

The hip would have to be in pretty rough shape to qualify for getting a  THR  and mine is far from it.


Today I met a woman who told me, “I heard arthroscopic surgery on the hip is easy.” Uh huh.

Comments like this  ONLY  can come from people who never had it done. If there is “nothing” to it, I wonder why they knock you out with general anesthesia, why you have to be on crutches for several weeks, why you need  PT  for months and why the heck, the recovery takes a year minimum. Enlighten me please.


Sometimes I wish people would just not say anything at all, instead of belittling something that they have no experience with.

To save myself from getting high blood pressure and disappointment, I did not tell most people about the latest developments. People have a short attention span if it doesn’t concern them personally, people don’t care and people are tired of it. (Join the club!)


Everything will be okay. I will figure it out.


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Cortisone injection

PO  MONTH  16 – not where I thought I would be but I am trying to make the best of it.

A few days ago I had my cortisone shot in my R hip. This would make it officially steroid injection No. 4, spread out over a period of six years “hip fun”.

The techs were very nice but the procedure was still rough. It’s a lot of pressure and burning when the injection goes in there. It’s not like a quick flu shot, it is guided under X-ray and has to be done slowly, to get it in, in the right angle and without hitting an artery, vein and nerves. A skill by itself.




I was told to stay off the joint for two days, so the steroids get the best chance to get absorbed and unfold the maximum relief.

On both days I felt the side effects from the cortisone. It felt like getting the flu – fast heartbeat, tiring very quickly and my face turned red and was hot to touch. Delayed allergic reaction. What else is new? Out of 4x, I got it 4x.


I continued my research and know now that I again have “FAI” with a labral tear. (= Femoral Acetabular Impingment), just of a different kind and  WAY  more difficult than before.

I found exactly two medical articles about it, almost 20 years old and with this completely outdated; and they both say the same thing. To “avoid impingement down the road, the reduction has to be made perfectly at the time of surgery.” Theoretically true but completely unrealistic and not doable.

No orthopedic surgeon will actually attempt pulling two broken ends of bones “apart” and try to twist the femoral neck back in position before putting the pins in. The chance of causing more damage or ripping some arteries are way too big.

So, as I said, not great medical articles to go by. Maybe I should become a case study for my OS?!


This week I will try working out again. Starting with 5 minutes. Back to the beginning.