I've got a mechanical problem with my hips, mostly the right one. It's because the left is short, and I ran a lot while in the military, so I now have chronic pain. I try not to talk about it much, because I've been basically accused of being a wimp. My mom, dad, stepmom, co-workers... they treat me like I'm over playing it. I'm barely over 20, and in distress over increasing pain, and I just want to be understood. I know I'm not in the worst pain out of all the other pain sufferers, but it's bad to me. I don't know what to do.
I know it may be unsightly but what about getting some shoes that will even out the difference in the height? That should help with the pain. Maybe you need to go to a different orthopaedic doctor. If you can look for one with good reviews
I've got inserts for my shoes already too, I've been using them for about 4 years, but I'm still getting an increase in pain. And I'm a veteran, so my only insurance is through the VA, and it's really hard to see different doctors.
They've been a lot better than some of the past drs I've seen. I've just gotten my disability rating (30%) and they've tried physical therapy and drugs. I'm concerned as a young person that the pain will only get worse, and I'll be treated like a liar again.
How much shorter is the one leg? Inserts might not be enough. After his hip replacement my boyfriend has one that is about half an inch shorter than the other, inserts are not enough. He bought a couple really good pairs of shoes (expensive ones that will last a while) and took them to a shoe repair place that does lifts. He got extra sole added onto the shoe of the leg that's shorter. Now when he wears the shoes with the lifts it doesn't cause problems. When he decided to wear his runners that he didn't get done it hurts him a lot. You are going to have a lot of pain because of muscles trying to overcompensate for the imbalance. You're going to have to try to do something to release the muscles even if you do get lifts in your shoes. As a young person... I've been treated like a liar since the beginning (12) and still am (30). I don't expect anything to change until I'm close to retirement age. I've also given up on doctors. I've gotten more help from alternative medicine (naturopath, massage, acupuncture) than from traditional western medicine. Although my physical therapist is awesome. Epsom salt baths have recently become my new best friend. My boyfriend decided he wanted an epsom salt bath because he was hurting and barely walking from a karate seminar (no shoes) and i didn't take one, today he is moving well and I'm struggling because i didn't take a bath after taking a massage ball class.
My difference is about 11mm, definitely easily corrected with a lift. My theory is that all the running I did in the military before I was diagnosed did some permanent damage to the muscles and ligaments. I've never tried Epsom salts, but my bathtub is pretty old and not very good for baths.