Author Topic: My story........and it aint over yet!  (Read 1727 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 8
My story........and it aint over yet!
« on: October 11, 2008, 06:27:09 PM »
Well, this is my first post. I have spent time reading others stories and although for a long time I felt like my story was unique, I find its not. Strangely enough I find that to be comforting.

I have been having groin pain for over ten years. I was a Professional Bullrider and then an Airborne Ranger. I clearly understand how I got here now. Hind site is 20/20. I just wish there had been a manual that stated "you can over do!"(LOL).

When I was finally brave enough to tell my doctor that I was experiencing this pain in my groin (I thought it was something like cancer), he had me undergo an MRI. The findings were osteoarthritis in both hips. I read the doctor's analysis and summary. I was in shock. Lots of big scary words and I have a Biology degree! I had never before encountered anything my body, good nutrition, and a good exercise program could not defeat. So I set my teeth.....

At my GP's recommendation, I went to an Orthopedic Surgeon. After our meeting, he recomended a good chiropractor and NSAIDS. Upon reflection, I think I more or less told him what I was going to do. I am a bit of a control freak and as I stated above, I thought I could fix anything. I am sure this wasn't his first rodeo and he allowed me to vent and go do my thing. He knew I would be back sooner or later.

I went through all the supplement websites, frequently visited the local health Food Store and tried all the "solutions." I might add that some of them actually gave me temporary relief and appeared to do some good short term. An unintended benefit was that all my other joints and sore spots began feeling great. But the reality was for me that once  the damage is done and so severe, I think there is only one end to the story. Anyway, I took a myriad of supplements and devised a strict workout plan and diet. I felt confident I could defy the odds..........

As time went by, the pain increased. Although I gritted it out and lost 40 pounds, the pain grew so intense that it effected my whole life. I was irritable all the time. I finally sucumed to the pain and sat in my recliner depressed and gaining back the weight. I found myself back in Dr Stock's Office (last month) 5 years later. He ordered a second MRI and the findings were that the spurrs and cysts had worsened some (of course). Although the pain was more in my right than my left, he actually asked me which hurt worse because they were both bad. Another real shocker! Luckily during my 5 year struggle, BHR came to the states. So maybe my struggle counted for something.There are qualifications though that have to be met per Dr Stocks for resurfacing that I had to pass. One was for good bone density. Another was for good kidneys in case there is metal debris which rarely ever happens I think. Lastly, if the cysts and spurrs worsen to the point that the femoral head cannot be properly modified to accept the femoral cap, this can be a disqualifier.

Now here is the part of the story I am a little curious about but no deal breaker. I was diagnosed with this problem in 2003 and struggled with the pain, but knowing what it was, for five years. Finally at two months prior to my BHR which is December 1 of 08 coming up, on my own I decided to ask for cortisone injections because I was having difficulty exercising(duh) through the pain and could not be consistant. It was granted and afterward I was elated with the results. No pain for the first time in 10 years! Th early side effects were that I felt like I was on speed for about two days (no sleep for about 48 hours) afterward because cortisone(Kenelog in my case) apparently is secreted naturally in the body by the adrenal glands for the fight or flight syndrome. My face was very flushed like I had a sunburn. I also developed a case of chronic hicc ups for about three days which I read online later does happen sometimes. I was told the steroids would take about three days to take effect and about two weeks to have full benefit that would last 3 to 6 months. So far everything has been true. My question is, why didn't anybody mention this solution (although temporary) to me before? I could be in much better shape going into this as over the years of inactivity due to pain, I am about 50 pounds over weight.

Now I am exercising almost everyday and I might add, even though I am aware of the risks, I am anxious to have this done. My take on this decision is this. I am 54 years old. The rest of my body is in great shape. I have discovered this while working out with the benefit of the injections. I cannot enjoy life and the activities I love in my current condition.(even with the injections, my ROM is very limited). So even if I wait until I am older, the rest of my body will be aging as well. So not only will I be unable to enjoy the now time and my current youth, I will be less likely to be able to enjoy the later as much if I wait. And what about recovery? Maybe my youth will help accelerate it and increase my chance for success although we are all different and age may not be an issue for all. What if I wait and something else starts to fall apart because of age? It all chalks up for me to be wasted years of not being able to ride a horse, chase my girlfriend, hunt, fish, you get the drill. If I wait, I may ot want to chase my girlfirend.......bottom line, I want to enjoy the now. Anyway, I dont think anyone knows how long the BHR joint will last. From what I have read and what Dr. Stocks indicated, they have examined active individuals at ten years with no noticeable wear. 

 Oh yea....My doctor is here in the Houston area at "The Fondren Group", Dr. Gregory Stocks. He may not have the big numbers for BHR procedures, but I like him and he has great credentials and many years of experience in hip replacement. He also mentioned that he had done a BHR on another Bullrider with great results. We are big into rodeo done here! But thats another story. I know BHR is a different procedure from replacement and more complex, but I still like him and I am comfortable with him. I think thats important. Anyway, I will let everyone know how its going just prior to my operation. I haven't had my presurgery interview with him yet or my presurgery physical, so I can update with info on that before surgery. Happy trails folks......later.

Bo Porter

Pat Walter

  • Patricia Walter
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3935
  • Owner/Webmaster of Surface Hippy
    • Surface Hippy about Hip Resurfacing
Re: My story........and it aint over yet!
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008, 11:23:55 PM »
Hi Bo

Thanks for taking time to share your story.

It is important for you to feel good about your doctor.  Statistics are not always the deciding factor.  It is good to use an experienced surgeon, but many people use the newer surgeons with good success.

I hope you will continue to update us as you move forward and get your hip resurfacing.  Bad hips slowly make your more and more inactive to the point that you just let life pass you by.  No reason to do that if you can get a hip resurfacing.

I wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing the rest of your story as it progresses.

Webmaster/Owner of Surface Hippy
3/15/06 LBHR De Smet

John C

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 855
Re: My story........and it aint over yet!
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2008, 01:15:45 AM »
A quick reply to your question about cortisone injections. I was told by a number of hip specialists that a cortisone injection would likely help the pain, but it would also be likely to accelerate the deterioration of the hip. In your case,  it will work out fine, since you are all ready to take the next step. However if you had done it a few years ago, you might not have made it to this point when resurfacing has found you. It all works out for the best.

John/ Left uncemented Biomet/ Dr Gross/ 6-16-08
Right uncemented Biomet/Dr Gross/ 4/25/18


  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 8
Re: My story........and it aint over yet!
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2008, 06:54:30 AM »
Excellent insight John.
Bo Porter

Big Bill

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 138
Re: My story........and it aint over yet!
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2008, 11:07:47 AM »
Yo Bo...  Big Bill here .... I live in Houston and had my resurfacing done here also. I can imagine what you are going thru ...I did the same. You have found a very informative site. My procedure was done 7/9/08. You can email me thru this forum if you need any info.

   Best of luck, Big Bill     C.A.S H. 7/09/08   8)



Recent Posts

Surfing after bilateral resurfacing by Greg8556
Today at 01:21:23 PM

Re: 6/10/24 Second Biomet Magnum Uncemented with Dr. Gross and Lee Webb by MarvinB
July 12, 2024, 09:38:53 AM

Re: Struggling by IRONMAN
July 11, 2024, 03:49:34 PM

Re: Struggling by BilateralRecerf
July 11, 2024, 03:26:21 PM

Donate Thru Pay Pal

Surface Hippy Gear


Patricia Walter- Piano Player Pat

Powered by EzPortal