I'll start off with the history and then get into the current problems and worries I'm having so please just bare with me.
I'm currently a 17 year old in my senior year of high school. When I was 4 years old I was diagnosed with Legg Cathe Perthes. I kept complaining about a pain in my knee. Everytime we went to see a doctor they said it was growing pains. When they did x-rays, it was of my knee. The pain continued to the point that I couldn't sleep. I just stayed up and cried because it hurt so bad. Finally one doctor did x-rays of my whole leg and found the very degenerated ball in my left hip. My parents had the option between surgery or having a removable cast for a very very long time. They picked the surgery. All I know about the surgery is that there was 2 months traction before the surgery. Then for the surgery they cut my femur and bent it and used 3 large screws to hold it in place. I woke up in a body cast which I had to wear for about 3 months I believe. Then when I was 6 years old (2 years after first surgery), I had another surgery to take out the screws.
After all the recovery, everything went back to normal, other than the fact that I cannot sit indian style. It's impossible for my left hip to move that way.
I grew up as a normal kid after the surgery and recovery but every once in a while my left hip would start to "act up." I never thought anything of it until now.
Well now, at 17 years old, my hip has started to bother me a bit more than usual. It hurts occasionally. It's always felt weaker than the other one but I figured that it's just like a broken bone and people say that once you break a bone it always hurts occasionally. I can't stand for excessive amounts of time. Every so often (about every 6 months or so) it will give out on me for some reason and I'll fall but I recover immediately after. My doctor says that I will have to have hip replacement eventually (One of my worst nightmares). Some doctors say that it could be in my late 20's or sooner and some say it could be when I'm in my 50's. I feel like it won't be so long though and it's starting to make me worry.
Is there anything I can do to help the bone in my hip?
Any medication or a workout or anything?
I just want to know how to get rid of the pain and make it so that I will NOT need a hip replacemein nt my 20's or 30's or even 40's!
I know that it's something that I will have to go through eventually but I also know that there are many ways to help keep it healthy now and not let it get worst, I just don't know them.
Also, I don't want to take meds that are painkillers that just numb the pain. I'm looking for a fix.
Thanks for your time!