Coxa Valga

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Hi, I'm new to the forum, I've recently found out I have a Coxa Valga in one of my hips, I'm 22, and I understand it's quite late to be diagnosed with it.

I'm not seeing a specialist until January which will probably result in an MRI (I don't mind as I work in MRI!) but I didn't know if there are any others out there with this condition? It causes me great pain, -!: constant clicking. I'm writing this now as I can't sleep from the pain, no matter what I do or take I just can't get comfortable! I'm really looking for some advice!

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    Hi Bekki,

    This is a great place when you can't sleep cause somewhere it is daytime!

    Yes, I would expect you to be in pain.

    Because this pain is the result of misalignment, rest is the only true answer to pain management without narcotics. Working in MRI means you are on your feet a lot?

    So, your femoral head and neck are angled pointing up at a large angle. This means that the socket is too low to articulate properly with the head. It is rather like your hip is trying to dislocate because the misalignment stresses the muscles of the hip. So both bone and muscles ache. It is also possible that the joint cartilage has been rubbed the wrong way...quite literally.

    The nifty thing about working MRI are the available wheelchairs...borrow one...

    Ask the diagnosing physician to order an MRI so that it will be available for the specialist when you visit.

    In the meantime you might try putting a heating pad on it, or a gel ice pack, or even alternating the two every 20 minutes.

    Consider repositioning your hip using pillows set so that the leg is out towards the side...

    And remember, you have an appointment with the specialist soon.

    Stay upbeat and in touch

    kind regards


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      Unfortunately I can't just get my GP to do the MRI request, as the specialist needs to decide if I need an arthrogram or even just an ultrasound. I work all over the radiology department so my workload varies day to day, but they are aware of it and do let me sit down when needed smile

      I've just started on 10/500mg Co-Dydramol and ibuprofen as I've not been sleeping at all. Today at work it's just completely 'gone' and am struggling to weight bare but I'm hoping it will just pass. I do heat/cold therapy at home as it's quite difficult at work, and my mum is a reiki practitioner so she's been doing some work on it! Just absolutely fed up! I've been well informed that the specialist I'm seeing takes forever to sort investigations and appointments out sad

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    Hi. I have rheumatoid arthritis and just recently had xrays of both hips. I was expecting to find arthritis but did not expect they would find Caxa valga with femoral anteversion along with early arthritis in both hips. I have extreme pain in both hips and knees. I see orthopedic Nov. 17th. From what I've read surgery will be recommended. I was breecha and my mom went over due with me. Weread you breech? I am 29 years old and a busy Mom. This is a lot to deal with!!

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    Since we are newly coxa valga diagnosed with waking pain and if one does physio, goes into knee pain, if physio for knee is done, goes into ankle pain.....duh,


    how your coxa valga journey went on from first diagnose regarding management, reducing pain.


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    Hi! I don't know if this is still an active thread or not but .. just thought I'd try!

    I'm a 23 year old mum of 2 under 2 ! I have suffered with my hips since I fell pregnant with my first (before that but no where near as bad!) I've been diagnosed today after an X-ray with coxa valga. I also have sciatica and symphis pubis dysfunction. My GP has been pretty useless and hasn't even suggested any way forward with this just pain medication. I am in agony most days , where does this leave me, does anyone know what normally happens?

    Thanks so much smile

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