Just got back from the hospital in Del Norte where I picked up another disk with my X-rays. Inside the envelope was the physician’s write-up of my condition. It appears the arthritis in my hip is “mild to moderate” with a small bone spur. This much the doc showed me when I was there and consulting with him in November. But there are two other things — degenerative disease (osteoarthritis) in a hitherto unnamed body part, the pubis symphysis, and in my lower back that he did not mention at all.
Of course, I looked up pubis symphysis and read about it. I also learned that osteoarthritis there is usually caused by pregnancy or injury, but inflammation can occur as a result of muscle spasms in the thigh, groin and glute muscles and can cause intense groin pain. I shook my head reading this because my symptoms emerged DIRECTLY after I had a course of Prednisone that caused intense spasms of all those muscles in my left leg for a few nights.
I’ve also been wondering why the pain has slowly, but inexorably, retreated in the last few months. I have virtually no pain at all unless I make a sudden sideways movement with my leg/hip/butt.
I know there are doctors who read my blog. Please don’t take what I’m about to say personally. Sometimes I think doctors think their patients are stupid.
The doctor who WROTE this write-up saw me in real life in November. He listened to me tell him when the pain started. He didn’t mention to me anything about my back or this strange little joint in my pelvic area. He did not seem very concerned about the osteoarthritis in my hip joint, either.
The surgeon I saw a couple weeks ago? Though he couldn’t read the X-ray he had the write-up, too. He said nothing. Do surgeons just want to cut into people? Is it really all about money? I’ve been through this before. Last time I visited a surgeon who really seemed to have cash registers for eyes.
As a patient right now, I feel kind of cheated. What IF the groin pain (that was bad only for about 3 weeks and then diminished) wasn’t caused by my hip at all? What IF I truly do not need a hip replacement right now (ever)? What if my limp is the result of OTHER things, the degeneration of my knee joint, the degeneration of my spine and an injury to this weird little joint?
I feel like this write-up is a secret message from doctor to doctor. I don’t think that’s right. I’m an educated person and all of these body-parts are on MY body. It would be easy enough to say, “Your groin pain might be coming from this problem. The arthritis in your hip is real, and a replacement would improve your gait and overall comfort, but it’s not urgent. You have some degeneration in the disks in your lower back area which is normal for someone your age.”
Because that is the truth.