My First Month After Hip Surgery

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Hi, you lovely, gorgeous people. I am officially one-month post hip surgery!

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride. Somedays I’m great and other days my stomach and my hip are killing me. If you haven’t already check out my journey from the beginning right here.

 

Week Three

 

Day 22-

My hip pain is less sharp and more stiff and achy. Not sure if that makes much sense, but pain is a difficult thing to explain sometimes since it’s so intangible. Just my regular meds today: Aspirin, Naproxen, Prilosec and my supplements. I feel like I’m nailing this hip surgery thing.

My intestines are still cramping up during biking every other day and today is one of those days. It starts almost immediately so breaking up the biking into smaller increments doesn’t really help, but it’s not bad enough to take Norco.

I’ve stopped sleeping on my wedge pillow that props up my legs. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t sleep with it and even if I do roll over onto my right side I wake up anyways because the brace isn’t exactly the comfiest of contraptions.

I’ve been wiling away my time by reading, watching an epic ton of tv shows and movies, entertaining visitors and blogging. So much blogging, haha. I finally started on my opt-in for my blog. If you don’t know what that is then subscribe to my blog to find out soon! It’ll be fun. I promise!

 



Day 23-

I’m super hyped for St. Patty’s Day coming up. I bleed green so this is one of my favorite holidays. Check out my St. Patty’s Day gift guide if you want to see all the cute things I’m crushing on! I love that it’s a holiday where there are no family expectations. It’s more of a friends centered holiday.

We’re going to go on our 4th annual bar crawl around the Chicago area. My friends are planning on taking me around in a wheelbarrow so I don’t have to crutch around everywhere. They’re even going to decorate.  ::Diesfromlaughing:: It’ll be entertaining, to say the least. Hip surgery won’t stop this girl from celebrating her heritage.

Today is a good day and I haven’t had to take Norco in two days. Celebrate! I got my two hours of biking in today. I beat myself up a little when I can’t get in all 2 hours, but sometimes it’s just too painful because of my abdomen.

I’ve had the worst time falling asleep and for the first time in forever, I keep waking up super early even though I’m going to bed really late.

Day 24-

I did pretty well today, but I had to take Norco in order to bike. The cramping was worse than normal and I just couldn’t take it. It’s rough hearing from my surgeon’s office that they want me to be off pain meds when I still have such severe flare-ups that can last anywhere from an hour to a few days.

I understand them wanting me to be off Norco. I want to be off Norco, haha! I’m very aware of how badly addicted people can get and addiction runs in my family. But even when they gave me the prescription for Tylenol 3 they mentioned how they wanted me to be getting off of pain meds. It sucks when they make you feel like you aren’t healing normally. I’m really frustrated and disheartened.

I’ve been trying to spend more time laying flat on my back, instead of on a pillow, so that my hip has a chance to stretch out. I’ve noticed that it’s been incredibly difficult for me to stand up straight the few times that I have. I’ve also been laying my foam roller on my bed and laying on top of it to make sure and get a good chest stretch. The last time I had hip surgery my rhomboid underneath my right shoulder blade got cranky and caused me huge issues for almost a year. Not this time around, baby!

I only got like 4 hours of sleep last night and I feel like the walking dead. Just put me on a zombie tv show. You won’t even have to do makeup!

Day 25- 

Ugh, my favorite time of the month….not. Having hip pain, psoas pain and period pain on top of everything is a nightmare. I have Endometriosis so my periods are extremely painful. I’m just completely exhausted today. All I want to do is sleep. I got in maybe half an hour of biking?

Day 26-

Day 27- Today was so-so. Not great and not terrible. I only cramped during the last hour of biking. I went to the grocery store and that was about it. I’m really impatient to start physical therapy!

My groin hurts a lot less and I can lean forward on the bike almost entirely without feeling a ton of pinching in my hip each time my leg rises up. I still have a hard time putting on underwear and pants because lifting my leg is uber difficult. It does result in some hilarious positions though, haha!

Day 28-

Not doing well at all. It feels like there are giant gas bubbles stuck in my lower abdomen. It feels very swollen and bloated. It’s the same pain I used to have pre-surgery from my psoas so it’s really getting under my skin and making me worried. I have to keep reminding myself that they literally cut into the thing that was causing me a lot of pain so having pain there still is normal. The physician’s assistant said it could take up to six months for the pain to stop and it’s normal for it to get exacerbated as I begin to stand up straighter and take more weight onto my right leg.

I’m just sending good vibes out and surrendering to the universe. I have no control over any of this besides doing everything I can to heal.

The cramping got excruciatingly bad tonight and after writhing around in pain for two hours while trying to sleep I finally took a Norco. The doctor’s office made me feel so bad for needing to take it. It makes me feel like I’ve failed when I have to. I just have to remind myself that I was in a lot of pain before having hip surgery and that my pain may be pretty intense after hip surgery as well.



I’m not going to lie. Hip surgery can suck. This has been a rough week. I really feel like my healing took a step backward and the large amounts of abdominal pain and cramping have really gotten me down. I’m not going to push away these feelings because that won’t help me, but I don’t have to let them control me either. I’ll feel them for 90 seconds and then let them float away. Denying your feelings doesn’t make them go away, but allowing yourself to fully feel them and then let them go can be extremely helpful.

I’ll end this on a positive note by saying that I’m so grateful to have such great friends and family. I have never felt so loved. My BFF was amazingly kind and brought me over a get well package from Lush. I’m such a lucky girl to have her in my life.

I feel so blessed to have a job that has short-term disability because not having a paycheck for three months would be super difficult.

Most of all my mom, sister and boyfriend have been amazing. They always make sure that I’m not alone for more than a few hours and have been endlessly patient with me. It’s never easy taking care of someone and they have been my rocks in all of this.

So while there is bad there is so much good too!

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. March 15, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    What a rough journey, you are one tough lady. Wishing you a full recovery ♡

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 1:09 am

      Thanks so much, Liane!

  2. March 19, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    First, great post for anyone looking into or expecting hip surgery in the future. You give a very good picture of what they can expect. Second, I’m so sorry for all the pain and frustrations for you, but love how you see the positive and keep pushing forward!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 19, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Aw, thanks, Jen. I appreciate it so much. Things that bend don’t break! So I try to be as flexible as possible

  3. March 21, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Wow! Praying for your journey. Hang in there and keep your head up!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Lindsey!

  4. March 21, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Wishing you a healthy and speedy recovery!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      Hi Nikki,

      Thanks so much. Sending good vibes your way!

  5. March 23, 2018 / 2:04 am

    You are so strong to be going through this – hope you are back to 100% very soon!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Tracy. It’s all the good vibes from my readers and friends who have kept pushing me forward 🙂

  6. April 17, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you are going through so much pain. I myself have been having some strange pains in my right leg. They say it is my back but it sure doesn’t feel like it. It feels like it’s inside my butt cheek. LOL yeah, sounds crazy but it really hurts. It is seriously interfering with my life. It hurts to stand even to cook dinner. It sucks to need pain relief but don’t wanna go that route. What amazes me though is they are so quick to bring up surgery. I feel too young (39) to have back surgery. Wishing you all the best!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Hi Karen,

      I feel you so much.

      If it makes you feel any better I had my first surgery at 22 and it did provide relief. It probably would have provided continual relief had it not been a newer type of surgery and they missed a piece of sharp bone. That being said unless they know what they’re working on or looking for specifically I wouldn’t let them operate. What kind of surgery are they suggesting? Would it be for your hip?

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