Unexplained Hip Pain

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Hello, I'm 20, female, and have been having hip problems for the last 6 months-ish.

I've always had funny hips, they click, sometimes feel like they move out of the socket, and sometimes there is an odd nerve-type pain where I have to lie flat on the floor and wait for (what feels like) the bone to drop back into place with a god awful pop.

 But recently it's gotten much worse and the aching, burning pain lasts for days, sometimes weeks. I can't sleep, struggle to walk without waddling, and am generally miserable. Both sitting and lying down make it a million times worse.

Blood results came back clear and apparently my X-rays were fine. Now painkillers have just stopped working it seems. I was told I'd get some PT over the summer but that never happened.

I'm now back at my university doctors and plan to try and find an answer again.

Anyone know what could possibly be the issue? Or any suggestions on how I actually get someone to take me seriously? 

Thank you in advance,

A very sleep deprived, fed up student.

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    Oh! I also have been getting periods of stiff hips for years. After any form of activity as soon as it stopped my hips would almost totally seize up and make it extremely difficult to move much.
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    It sounds like you are having much pain and disability. Are you in the UK or the US? Keep going to the doctors and explain in detail exactly what you are going through. They need to know all of it, and just how bad it is. Be a squeaky wheel, and keep at them until you get a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, which is what you deserve. Something is very wrong, and an orthopedist should be able to help you. You must advocate for yourself, loudly and clearly. Good luck, Megan!
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      Thank you, I'm in the UK. My uni doctor is much more sympathetic than the other one I saw so I hope she can help me or send me to someone who can. I already struggle with my mental health and this does not help in the slightest. I will definitely be taking your advice and persist until they send me to someone even if its just to get me out of their hair. Thank you again.

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    Hi Megan 97, I totally feel for you. I do understand what it's like to be in pain. Your symptoms sound very similar to my 31 year old daughter's. She has been told she has hip dysplasia and her condition will get worse. She needs to have an operation where the orthopedic doctors break and re-align her hips. It's something to do with her hip not forming correctly. It's either her hip or her leg bone that is too big/small to accommodate the other one.Sorry if I am not explaining this too well.What it boils down to is she has this condition for some time now and hasn't been too worried about. I think she said about ten years. She thought that she had pulled a muscle or tendon in her hip/groin area.This was until she saw a sports orthopedic specialist. He confirmed her condition. She is now on the waiting list to have a consult with a hospital specialist. Has been waiting for a while now. ( 12 months)We are in Australia. For your own, peace of mind and hopefully some relief,please follow your condition up.I hope you get some good results. Cheers.

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      Thank you for your reply! If I'm honest while looking up my symptoms I came across Hip Dysplasia and the symptoms seemed t fit in very well. I mentioned this to the first doctor who shot me down instantly and told me it would have been diagnosed by now! Even though I have seen countless stories of people who have not known about it until much later in life.

      However when my X-rays came back clear she assumed there was nothing wrong with me and sent me on my way.

      I'm hoping this new doctor will be able to give me some insight or be able to send me to someone who will.

      Thanks Again!

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      Don't give up. I had arthroscopic surgery on both my hips and labradorite tears repaired. My right hip didn't improve as much as hoped so I kept telling them there was talk about a click hip as a baby which was ignored to be told ' not possible '. Eventually it was decided I had psoa tendon impingement and to 'live with the pain'. Turns out I have a slight shallow hip joint and they are seeking a 2nd opinion from Guy's hospital. Sorry for long reply.

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    If anyone is interested, I finally got to physio today!

    I 100% have FAI (impingement) in both hips. So hopefully with these exercises, physio, and willpower I can improve and lessen the pain  

    Here’s to hoping 🤞🏼

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    my heart aches for you Megan...... I have been through the same thing.... for years.... now I am 60 and all my bones are bad..... and now they now what is wrong and it is too late! lol..... so keep looking for the right specialist!!!  do not give up or let them tell you nothing is wrong.  Pain is an indication that something is definitely wrong and you are too young to spend your life suffering and miserable.....

    I will keep you in my heart and prayers..... keep us updated..... IM me if you wish....

    Erela

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