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Hello there. I'm a 34 year old female. I developed Perthes when I was 5 years old and just before I turned 6, I was treated with surgery - I was in hospital for ten days, had a plaster cast for around 6 weeks and then was on crutches for a few months thereafter. I found out when I was nearly 19, unbeknown previously to my parents and I, that the surgeon who operated on me when I was 6 had left in my hip a metal plate and 4 screws. This only came to light when x-rays were carried out on me whilst trying to join the police force. For years after my op, I suffered pain in my hip, mainly in the winter months and after I'd excelled at sport. My hip would seize up and I could barely move. Over the years, mum kept taking me to my GP who kept telling her that it should be expected as I'd had a major operation, etc, etc.
I had an op when I was 19 to remove said plate and 4 screws a few months after it was detected and, ever since, I have had no pain in or trouble with my right hip whatsoever. Until now. Recently, my hip has been 'giving me jip' in the form of a niggling pain that gets worse over a day or two. Then it goes. But the 'episodes' are becoming more and more frequent and I was just wondering if anyone else is going through the same or a similar thing. What I really want to know is if this most recent pain is something I should expect as a consequence of having perthes when I was young. Obviously, should the pain get worse or more frequent then I will visit my GP. I just wondered if anyone else suffers pain so long after having their hip 'fixed'.
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