My Second Week Healing After Hip Reconstruction Surgery

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.

 

 

My second week healing after hip reconstruction surgery

Week Two

 

Day 8- 

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.

Day 9-

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!

Day 10- 

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.



Day 11-

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!

Day 12-

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.

Day 13-

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.

Day 14-

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.

 

healing after hip surgery



 

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.

If you liked this post please share it and in the meantime learn how journaling can help you now and some different journal prompts to get you started.

 

 

 

Healing after hip reconstruction surgery

 

30 Comments

  1. February 28, 2018 / 2:49 am

    Sounds like your recovery is progressing nicely! Hope the worst pain is over now.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 3:17 am

      Fingers crossed!

  2. February 28, 2018 / 3:09 am

    Wow, this sounds like such an intense experience for you. I’m glad you still seem pretty positive about it all – I’m not sure if I would be the same!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 3:17 am

      It was definitely a process to get there. It was hard not to be upset at doctors or myself for not figuring out what was going on sooner when the pain first started happening, but pointing fingers doesn’t get my better. I’d much rather make the most out of my life 🙂

  3. February 28, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Good luck as you continue through your recovery!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Molly!

  4. Esme Sy
    March 1, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Gosh, that was tough but you made it! I can relate to your “same wall” experiences and at one point I started to be frustrated I threw things at the wall (haha!). I wish you the best for your complete recovery!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Haha, thank you! I’ve begun talking to the dog and myself which isn’t something I’ve ever done before, but the dog seems to enjoy it!

  5. March 1, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Sounds like you are well on your way to a full recovery. So glad to here that you got the report and figured out what the doctor missed. Wishing you all the best!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks so much. No longer a medical mystery!

  6. Amy Mia Goldsmith
    March 1, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Good luck with your recovery. I’m glad to see that you are smiling in the photos and that the recovery is progressing well! You are brave and strong!

    xx
    Amy Mia

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Aw, thanks so much, Amy! You’re a doll. Life is always going to throw things at you and you can choose to make it a harder experience by being upset about it or a better one by looking at it positively. I’m in enough pain so I’ll stay on the positive side 🙂

  7. March 1, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    I’m glad that your recovering process goes well and hopefully it will continue until you can finally healed. Hip reconstruction seemed to be very new to me and I find it interesting. Keep doing well and just continue your exercise, it will really help.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you for your kind words and the vote of confidence!

  8. March 1, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I am so sorry to hear you needed surgery and that you’ve been in so much pain but you seem to have such a wonderfully strong and positive attitude. I hope you continue to heal up at a fast rate. I am glad that the doctors finally discovered what was causing your pain in the first place. I hope you continue to heal up at a fast rate. Also its wonderful you are sharing your experience for others who may experience the same trouble as you ♥

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind support! It seems to be helping my abdominal pain so I just feel like the luckiest person in the world despite the momentary pain now.

  9. Elizabeth O
    March 1, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    You are so brave. I am really pleased to hear your recovery is going well and to see you smiling in your pictures. Sending positive prayers your way.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks so much. You’re very sweet!

  10. March 1, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    Hoping for your soonest and fullest recovery! fingers crossed!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks Lyosha. I so appreciate the good vibes!

  11. March 1, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share the highs and lows of your recovery. (And thanks for the recommendation of Game Night — I thought the previews for it look pretty good.)

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks for reading!

      Haha, I’d been waiting for it ever since I saw it in previews. 🙂

  12. March 1, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    I’m sorry that you had to go through hip surgery. It seems like you’re doing everything to take care of yourself. I hope you have a speedy recovery so you can get back to being active again!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much. The abdominal pain I had prior to this is already feeling better so I’m ecstatic.

  13. March 1, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    Healing from any kind of sickness or surgery isn’t a walk in the park. It’s good that you’re keeping a journal of all these so you can release your thoughts and keep positive. It’s also a good way to relax.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 2, 2018 / 12:27 am

      I agree wholeheartedly!

  14. March 3, 2018 / 12:39 am

    You have an amazing spirit and drive! So helpful to share what your healing journey is, and for others to be able to glean support from it!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 3:08 am

      Aw, you’re so kind! It’s very nice to be able to help people while I can’t do much. Makes me feel useful!

  15. March 5, 2018 / 7:04 am

    I hope you’re healing well now. It’s nice that you are now starting to bike a bit and I agree being stuck at home can really get you crazy.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Part of my rehab was to bike from day 1 for 2 hours, haha. I have a love/hate relationship with that bike now, but I’m hanging in there!

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