About Me

My name is Caitlin and I am now 31 years old. I was born and raised in Bellevue, WA. I grew up dancing almost everyday for many many years and performing in competitions. I was also a cheerleader in high school, which at my school was more like a dance team. I went to University of Idaho as pre-med then transferred to San Diego to go to nursing school instead. I moved to San Diego in August 2005. I have basically lived here ever since except for the few months in other cities when I was a travel nurse. I graduated in 2008 and started in the NICU at UCSD as an RN with BSN (I am now working in an outpatient surgery center for GI procedures). I was still dancing a bit at this point but it had significantly dropped off and eventually I totally stopped for many reasons. I did yoga, barre and pilates instead. I’d had back pain since high school and it was diagnosed finally once I moved to SD and found a good doctor. I did some PT but it never really worked. I had torn a hip flexor when I was younger but I rehab’d it well and it didn’t give me issues until a couple years ago. My hip pain started about 2-3 years ago. I remember feeling it in pilates and sometimes having to stop doing the exercise to let my hip move around and not feel “stuck.” I also would feel that stuck feeling when I would be biking on my beach cruiser. The pain got progressively worse, but I just thought that it was me getting older and maybe there was some scar tissue from when I’d torn the hip flexor. I also have a high pain tolerance, so I just took it. I live a very active lifestyle and I didn’t want it holding me back. In 2016, I had an injury to my cervical spine and I was diagnosed with congenital stenosis, several disc herniations, severe cord compression and spinal cord injury. I had a multilevel cervical spine fusion in November 2016. Through finding a surgeon to repair my cervical spine, I also found the hip specialist of San Diego. After many X-rays, an arthrogram MRI and a CT scan, he sent me to his partner for another opinion. They both diagnosed me with bilateral acetabular dysplasia which basically means shallow hip sockets on both sides. The left hip has minimal pain and no real problems at this time. Fingers crossed it stays that way! I also was diagnosed with an anterior labral tear on the right side and femoroacetabular impingement. From my images, both surgeons agreed I was a rare case and they presented me at a radiology conference for more opinions on treatment options. It was determined that I would need an arthroscopy, ostectomy and a periacetabular osteotomy (PAO). I had all of that on February 2nd, 2017. This blog will follow my experience and recovery. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you follow along with my journey!