Sitting in my car in the parking lot of the mall, sipping on a Starbucks Frappucino, waiting for my wife and watching people go by, I try to keep moving around my leg to ease the discomfort of my hip. For the past couple of months my right hip has been aching off and on, but mostly on. It hurts mostly when I sleep and wakes me multiple times at night. Long story short is that my doctor is worried that I am developing hip necrosis from being on prednisone for so long.
Prednisone can cause osteoporosis, which it has caused in my lumbar spine, so now there is the possibility that the prednisone is now causing the hip necrosis. What’s hip necrosis? Simply, the hip bone is dieing, causing pain.
I was supposed to have an X-ray on Friday but I didn’t feel like being irradiated that day, so I put it off to tomorrow.
My doctor told me “That’s all you need, one more thing to add to your troubles”, and I realized that I have such a good attitude when it comes to stuff like this. I didn’t get upset or angry. To me it was just another thing to check. I knew the dangers coming in when I decided to go on Prednisone so to be all surprised and upset really is a waste of time.
When I found out about the osteoporosis in the back, they wanted to put me on a medication that can cause the bone in the leg to weaken in men and cause it to snap like a twig in five years. There is a 50% chance that the drug does not work on the osteoporosis but will still make my leg bone snap, so to that drug I said “hell no”.
I honestly think the hip pain is muscular, but if it isn’t then I will take things as they happen. Until then I will take an X-ray and wait to see what the picture shows.