In August 2006 I experienced horrific pain in my right flank, which is the area on your side, right about your hip bone. I did nothing about the pain for a week. One week later the pain got so bad that I doubled over and was screaming in pain. I told my husband that I needed to go to the hospital. I feared that I was passing a kidney stone or some other kidney problem due to my Sickle Cell Anemia(SCD).
They admitted me and after doing multiple tests, they told me that I had Avascular Necrosis. Though I am a Registered Nurse and had been in the field for 22 years, I incredulously asked my doctor "How can it be Avascular Necrosis? How can dead bone hurt?" He patiently explained it to me, and from that day forward, I have been learning more and more about this incredible disease that is appearing at the rate of 20,000 new cases per year. Those cases are all affecting younger people, those in the prime of their lives, and YES, dead bones hurt like you would never believe.
Fast forward 2 years...I had a Core Decompression in October 2006 which failed and failed miserably. My surgeon at the time told me there was an 80% success rate. He just failed to tell me that that success rate is based on your NOT having a pre-existing condition. IF you have one, the success rate then becomes 50-50 at best. I have already had to replace both hips.I am yet to replace both knees and both shoulders. AVN has wreaked havoc in my life and changed me from being someone with occasional painful crisis, due to SCD, to someone with daily pain.
Truth be told, I don't think God could have gotten my attention any other way. It's a rough life, but God is so able to provide. Hugs and welcome to all who drop by out of curiosity and bigger hugs to those who join. I TRULY know your pain.