So it looks like it was 3 years ago now. February 2013. That’s when I saw Dr. Trousdale at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. And he told me that my hip angles were such that I could get away with merely an arthroscopy (scope) in the left hip.
I rejoiced, as it were. My dad drove the 4 hours home and I texted everyone and their sister about the good news. No PAO for me! Woot!
I did not ultimately go through with the scope. The pain actually got better for awhile. It came back about 7 months ago, and has been relentless. Re-started the process. X-ray. MRI. Orthopedist. Referral back to Trousdale.
This time he thinks I should have it done. The PAO.
I discovered that the anxiety and fear are also part of the process again, unfortunately. Currently I find myself re-anxious and re-scared. The sense of relief is long gone, although I did manage to enjoy it while it lasted.
“Make your decision when the pain interferes with life and you can’t tolerate it anymore.”
How do I know when that is? There must be someone out there who can decide that for me…