I'm a 25 year old keen cyclist, (previously a skateboarder/snowboarder in my younger days) - I tried to lead a pretty active lifestyle.
A couple of years ago I was told that when I was young I had a blood deficiency which stopped the development of my left hip. This has resulted in a height difference on one side of my body by almost 2 inches (my body has compensated over time) and restricted movement in the joint.
A hip replacement has always been on the cards but doctors are keen to hold off until I'm older as the replacements tend to only last 20-25 years. I have been cycling more and more this year and it's starting to cause me pain, especially post ride. After a big ride - usually over 50 miles I can wake in the night in pain and struggle to get going in the morning. I usually just hit the painkillers to help with this but I have a feeling it's getting worse.
I feel like I'm at the early stages of my cycling career and I'm nervous that I might not be able to continue in the same way after an operation. I would like to be able to take part in competitive races in the future. Would this procedure put a stop to my progression as a cyclist?
I'm looking forward to being less wonky for the first time in my life! I don't limp or walk any different but it can feel very unnatural and I can feel paranoid about this just walking down the office.
I have been given in-soles with the left side raised only 2cm which help with lower back pain but it's no way near the difference in leg length. These tend to squish and flatten after a few months and the ones I currently use probably aren't much use at all.
I'm not sure I can hold out for a hip replacement but should I find alternatives methods to help with the discomfort and pain or get it done and get on with my life (if I can)?
Any advice appreciated