“I didn’t know you were in pain.”
I did not know either.
I know that seems like an improbable statement but it’s true.
First of all, I’ve been this way for so long that I didn’t know that it wasn’t normal. I have it in my head that because my FAI is in both hips that there must be a genetic influence. It’s not like one day I went skiing and blew out my hip as I failed to performed a radical trick. I cannot pinpoint a day zero as to when the pain started. So, either I grew up this way or the condition came on so gradual that the change from day to day was undetectable. As you might recall from my last post, my original treatment goal had been to recover from chronic achillies tendonitis not to find out why I don’t like to sit down.
Second, I would describe most of my pain as more like an ache than a pain. I rarely take anything for pain management. I’m almost always just uncomfortable. I assume it’s similar to how most people feel feel after a very long car trip, only I feel that way immediately when I sit down.
I feel pretty lucky. Many of the FAI blogs and members of FAI groups are in terrible pain and need prescriptions to alleviate their pain. Because I’m not in that state, there are many days when I question if I really need this surgery. I am often told, however, that the labrum cannot repair itself. If I don’t have it fixed now, I’ll have full hip joint replacement down the road when I can’t take any more pain. That doesn’t sound like a very good option to me.