Welcome to the second week of my experience of healing after hip reconstruction surgery! If you haven’t already checked it out you can update yourself on my first week of healing after hip reconstruction surgery here.
One week down! I’ve been keeping up with my two hours of biking or at least trying my best. Sometimes even with the Norco it’s just too painful. I’m going to try breaking it down into smaller increments again to see if that’s more helpful.
I’m starting to feel extremely claustrophobic. It’s hard being kept in the same apartment and seeing the same walls over and over. I feel like the only thing that’s keeping me sane is my family staying with me each day, my wonderful boyfriend who always has a pep talk handy and all my friends who have been so supportive.
My sleeping habits have gotten pretty bad. I go to bed at like 2 or 3 in the morning and wake up at noon. I know that when I sleep like this I tend to get depressed so I’m going to try and start to get to bed earlier and earlier. Not seeing a lot of sun is probably messing with my Melatonin levels. I wish it was spring so I could sit outside!
I made sure to do my hair nicely today and painted my nails. It always makes me feel better when my appearance is at least somewhat put together. I haven’t put on makeup in weeks and I’m actually starting to miss the act of putting it on!
The plan was to have either my boyfriend or my family with me at almost all times during the first three weeks, but I have a feeling even by week four it’ll still be really difficult for me to pick things up off the ground. Last week I was left alone for an hour and dropped my crutch on the ground. Of course I had to pee so badly! So I decided to get one of those claw thingies to help me. I’ll definitely be adding that to my list of products to get if you’re having hip surgery.
I got up earlier today which made me feel a lot better. I did my PT exercises, biked, blogged, slept and watched scary movies which led to some odd dreams. I’ve been able to get away with taking Norco only twice a day now. I’m grateful for any little improvements!
I got my stitches out today and got to meet with my doctor’s physician’s assistant. The stitches were really painful to take out, but at least it went quickly. The PA said that I heal really quickly and that’s why it was painful. So yay, but also ouch!
I had made a list of questions and asked the PA everything I could think of about how the hip reconstruction surgery went and the fractional psoas release. Some of them were “what could cause this” and “how did my psoas tendon look before they did the fractional release”. I’ve learned through all of this to come prepared to appointments and advocate for yourself. If you have questions ask them! You are paying them to take care of you so your questions should never be a burden.
I also got my surgery report at this time and all the photos from my hip reconstruction surgery. It turns out that my surgeon from my surgery in 2011 had missed an abnormal bony area on my femur head and they believe that this is more than likely the culprit of all my issues. They shaved down the bony portion to get rid of the impingement and all the other uneven areas of the femoral head.
It turned out I had been in surgery for a little under two hours which was way longer than I had thought. The PA told me that my psoas had looked really irritated so what they did was cut it down the belly of the tendon so it would grow back longer. Unlike most people who have psoas tendonitis and experience a snapping in their hip my main complaint was pain. I had zero snapping, but that may be because my hip was not moving around at all anyways.
They were good enough to forewarn me that weeks 6 through 8 could cause a flare in psoas pain and that I may need to come in for a steroid shot. I was super glad that they told me about this before it actually happened because I probably would have freaked out a little if it happened out of the blue.
I also talked to them about pain management. Since I had been on Norco, an opioid, prior to surgery, my pain could be a little tougher to control because my body is already used to what they were giving me. I had asked them if they could give me more Norco, but they told me they had already given me a lot. They did give me Tramadol though so I’m very grateful that they actually addressed my pain instead of sweeping it under the rug.
Today was probably the worst one I had pain wise since the hip reconstruction surgery, but then on day 13 I had the best day that I’ve had since surgery! No one said healing after hip reconstruction surgery was going to be easy.
As I said above, this was the best day that I’ve had since surgery. I was able to go to the movies and then sit up at my desk for a little while. I was still in a fair amount of pain, but it wasn’t uncontrollable.
Sidenote: If you haven’t seen Game Night definitely go check it out. It’s a hilarious and well-written comedy. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams have a wonderful chemistry.
Some abdominal pressure. Not a great day, but not a terrible one either. I woke up with some pretty bad groin pain on the right side, but it went away after awhile.
My mom took me to my favorite coffee shop just so I could get out and because coffee. I think it’s so important to get outside even if it wears me out because depression can come on really quickly when you’re cooped up in the house (or in my case apartment) all day. Depression and anxiety are not good for healing so I’ve tried to be as contentious about what triggers poor mental health for me and making it a priority to do what I can to prevent it.
There’s week two of healing from hip reconstruction surgery! Although, it was more painful than week one I also had one of my best days and got to learn about what was causing all this pain. My abdominal pain is no longer some mysterious illness and I’m just so thankful to have a diagnosis, a doctor I can trust and new ways to help alleviate the pain. If you’re interested in learning more about my chronic pain journey you can check out the post here that I wrote for the wonderful Candace of Yoga by Candace!
Check out week three of my journey.