Vital Signs: The Sneaky Pain That Fooled 6 Experts

A sore hip launches a patient on an odyssey through the world of medical care before giving way to a surprisingly simple conclusion.

By Anna Reisman|Thursday, August 27, 2009
Forty-two-year-old Russell McCoy was energized and sweaty as he finished a three-mile run around his neighborhood. He headed straight for his refrigerator and cracked open a diet soda, downing it in a couple of swigs. Holding the empty can, he backed toward the garbage pail, pivoted, shot, and scored. Then pain, sudden and excruciating, lanced through his left hip. He bent over, aware that he had twisted something the wrong way. Breathing deeply, he felt a little better. A few hours later, thou...

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