Hi everyone, I am new to this! I am 22 years old and I decided about 3 months ago I had enough of my bilateral hip pain that I had since I was about 14. I always thought it was a groin injury that I had put off for years as I was adamant I wanted to continue playing football. However I had enough of it because it was too painful too carry on playing football and I was in pain for 4 days after every match. I can't don't do simple things like get on a bike, do breast stroke or bring my knee to my chest past a 90 degree angle due to unbelievable stiffness. So after a couple of appointments I got referred to a hip specialist who then told me I had acetabular protrusio and looking at my xray it wasn't a pretty sight. My xray displayed the femoral head slightly projecting through my pelvis. The doctor then went onto say the only way I will ever get 100% recovery is a double hip replacement. At the age of 22 though it does not seem I should be having a double hip replacement, and would like to delay as long as possible as my pain threshold is pretty ok at the minute. I can walk around pretty pain free apart from short sharp stabbing pain that occurs a couple times throughout the day, but I do have problems with activities stated above. I am due to go travelling in March 5 months from now for at least 6 months and I would not want to delay the travelling the world for at least a year as I feel more than capable right now to follow through with it but that xray still daunts me. I wanted to know opinions if my pain is likely to get dramatically worse over the next year? Or even so, is the femoral head likely to grind its way through my entire pelvis in the next year? Unfortunately I don't to have my xray to hand so it's hard to picture my situation. But for now my pain is ok while I'm not doing cardio or over-stretching. I haven't taken any pain killers etc and still get around pretty pain free. Sorry for the essay but please help!! Thanks, Danni.