Hi! I'm 22 (female) with chronic hip pain. Had this problem for the past 8-9 yrs, been in pain every day for the past 5. worst of it was VCE ('09 & '10), had surgery, thought all was ok (ie it was manageable, it wasn't perfect but I could live with it). then this year it has really gone down hill again and I'm back to on-off crutches and really not able to work properly. very bad for a young person. waiting to have an MRI this week which hopefully will shed some light on what's going on/what might be done about it.
my question is: is there anyone out there of a similar age (ie below 30) experiencing chronic pain? how are you going and how is it affecting your life and future? the future terrifies me, as I should be about to enter the full time work force having just finished my degree, and yet I'm stuck barely able to stand or walk every other day... I've had pretty good practice with dealing with all this crap, but it never really gets any easier, so some other experiences would be nice.
my experience with chronic pain is that most people seem to be older/middle aged (50-ish seems to be when people start developing health problems), so that's why I'm asking if there's any younger sufferers out there?
(btw I know age is a touchy subject, so please don't take offence :P )
you get used to it all after a while, but then at the same time, you never really do... :S