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I was born with dislocated hips, but my family didn’t know until I tried to walk and kept falling down. I was a toddler when I got a diagnosis of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), and I was successfully treated. I had a normal childhood, and my parents did a good job of helping me balance normal and restricted activities. I knew as a young child I was going to have surgeries when I was an adult.
All went well until I had my children. The pregnancies went well, but I encountered some problems with my hips after the babies were born. After my first pregnancy, I experienced a lot of hip pain. I was limping and couldn’t do regular activities. It was a long process with my doctor to rule out any other causes for my hip pain. After I had my second baby, I had hip reconstruction surgery in both hips. Later, I had total hip replacements on both hips. A few years ago I had one of those hips revised. I have had 5 hip surgeries over 30 years. All my surgeries have healed well, and I have recovered completely. My life is back to normal and I can do almost anything.
I have learned that I have to take good care of myself. I get plenty of rest, exercise, drink lots of water, keep in contact with friends, eat well and have a network of health providers that keep my body in good shape.