Hello and thank you for your very interesting site! I have ehlers danlos syndrome and was diagnosed about a year ago. I am now 33 yers old.
My hip problems started when I was 17, and I was told I had a snapping hip on my left. I went trough two hip surgery to correct the snapping hip but it did just get me more pain.
The last year I understood that my hips where very hypermobile and they started to click in each step. Not the snapping hip I've had since I was 17, now it also was a painful clicking inside my hip joints.
Every step I take is now so hurtful and I walk with a crutch to let the worst hip rest a little.
Since december 2012 i've done some xrays, but the doctors says it all looks normal and they are confused about my pain and very loud clicking. When I read about hdd it sounded like my hips, except from the xrays that doesn't show anything abnormal.
In sweden where I live I have never heard someone talking about hip dyspasia in adults, maybe that is the problem with my hips anyway? I'm sending you an xray picture of my hips.
I'm starting to be desperate, the wheel chair is near and I have four kids to look after for. Maybe you can give me some advice?
Hello Marie, Fortunately you don't hip have hip dysplasia. The sockets, acetabulum, are normally formed and roofed, and the hips sit nicely in the sockets.
There are two types of hypermobile hips. One is hdd or hip dysplasia. That you don't have. The other is simply known as hypermobility and is considered normal, although it certainly can be painful. In the groin, hip and upper leg.
And hypermobility is what eds is all about.
Is it possible for you to send to me at contact a larger file of your pelvis. This one is only 13KB and not diagnostic.
A little test for you: Lie flat on your back and first pull the less painful knee to your chest. Does it hurt? Where? Now compare with the worse hip.
Secondly, pull the knee towards the opposite shoulder. Stiff or very mobile? Sore? Where?
Now rotate the hips. Again hypermobile presumably and sore? Where?
Lastly, slide your thumb, use a little oil, down the inner thigh starting right up near the hip in the groin. Deep and quite hard. Is it very sensititive. Compare with a friend. It shouldn't be particularly tender and in your case may be excruciating.
Your xray. Like I said too small, but I think I see small cam and pincer deformities of Femoro acetabular impingement syndrome in both hips.
There's a very bizarre condition in which hypermobility and fais co-exist in the hip. One causes increased movement, the other decreased movement, a complete contradiction. The net result is severe pain in the groin.
Both may progress to osteoarthritis of the hip and I think on the hip on the reading left there may be some thinning of the cartilage.
This condition may lead to mid lumbar pain. No back pain?
Was this X-ray taken with you lying down?
Quite a lot of questions for you, Marie. Please keep to the same thread with your answers.
1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.
2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.
3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree.
Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.
4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.
He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.
5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.
6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.
7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.
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11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.
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13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback
since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he
has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments
he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
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