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Hip Problem at 16


Hello! My name is Whitney and I am 16 years old. I am currently suffering from hip pain. I have done an x ray and MRI, seems like nothing works. I went to PT 3 times a week but I had to quit since it just made it worse. I used to run in track last year when out of know where I felt my hip make a weird pop. I was told from my surgeon that my hip pop out of socket so I got it popped in..not even 2 days later it popped back out. I kept getting it popped in and it didn't work. I have been to a orthopedic surgeon and a neuromusculoskeletal neurologist and they think I have a disease or something I was born with. Someone please help I can barely walk at school so I'm in a wheelchair. I'm a junior in high school. I have dealt with this for 7 months and just got accepted to go to shriners hospital. Please help!

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Hiya Whitney. Firstly, I feel so sorry for you at 16 having such troubles. Secondly, I'm not sure what you're going to Shriners for, orthopaedic surgery or further testing, but as it's a children's hospital they are most probably best placed to treat you.

Have your Specialists tested you for Rheumatoid Factor & this is what they think you have or were born with? I think before going into further detail it might be a good idea for us to know if it is possibly one of the autoimmune diseases that is causing your hip problems before we go any further. There's little point adding to your worries with our experiences, it will confuse you more than needed or is necessary at the moment, so if you can ask your mum or dad if they can remember just what they think you might have & get back to us then that would be the best place to work from I think.

In the meantime, I'm sending you hope & strength from here in UK. x

You need some treatment to stop the hip from popping out. You may have been born with a shallow cup in the socket of the hip so that it happens easily, or the ball at the top of the femur (that long bone in your thigh) amy just not be fitting properly because the bones are growing at different rates.

Ask your doctors to draw what has happened and explain what treatment you need. You may have to be in wheelchair at the moment but it probably won't be for always. But everyone learns to adjust to what their body can and can't do - it just takes a bit of time for that to happen!

Hi Whitney, please call the NRAS freephone helpline on 0800 298 7650 and you can discuss whether this hip pain has anything to do with RA. Sorry to hear you're going through a hard time but we are here to help you.

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