Hello all you beautiful people and welcome to my third installment of my progress as I heal after hip reconstruction surgery! You can catch up on my first and second week here and here if you haven’t already.
I can’t believe three weeks have already gone by. Sometimes I have to check myself because I’m like “holy crap I actually had hip reconstruction surgery.” I’m still in a bit of amazement that the surgery actually happened and that they found something. Hopefully I’ll return from lala land soon.
At the same time, I’m like take this brace off of me already. How has it only been three weeks!?
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Really good day. Around a three level of pain and still had to take a Norco to bike, but didn’t need any besides that. I’m still taking my Naproxen, Aspirin and Prilosec and protect my stomach twice a day to keep down inflammation. I’m also icing routinely which is a must after hip reconstruction. If I lean into the appropriate biking position I get a teensy bit of hip pain that feels very deep, but I’m pretty sure that’s just inflammation form the hip reconstruction. I also get pain on top of my knee. Again, I’m pretty sure this is just from the surgery.
I ended up getting this grabber thing. I wish I had gotten it at the beginning of my hip reconstruction. It’s tremendously helpful for grabbing things and teasing your dog. I still have issues bending over on my right leg far enough to grab things easily and I didn’t want to push it.
I went and got a mani and pedi with my mom because she’s going on vacation. I had wanted one before the hip reconstruction, but they want to be able to see your toes and fingers to make sure you’re getting proper oxygenation during the operation. Pretty sure I overdid it though because afterwards I felt a lot of abdominal pain on the right side. I biked for about an hour, but the pain was so bad even with the Norco that I didn’t do my second hour.
A part of me is so fearful that I’ll screw up my hip if I don’t get two hours done every single day, but that’s perfectionist thinking. I was inflamed and at that point I think biking would have done more harm than good.
The best lesson I learned today is that for me when I feel ready to do something I should wait a week and then I actually am ready. I tend to do things too soon because I feel okay, but I need to remind myself that I just had a major surgery a little over two weeks ago.
On the plus side, the groin pain that was pretty bad has dissipated for the part. It only flares up if I move my leg a weird angle or try to lift my leg while it’s straight. I never do that purposely because it’s a big no-no, but sometimes I forget until the pain reminds me.
I couldn’t bike at all today. I went to the movies with my boyfriend and had movie theater popcorn. That stuff does not agree with me. Due to a lot of scar tissue and mobility from my previous surgery and the fact that I still had an impingement caused my organs to start being pulled down towards the right hand side. Since I never had hip pain it took a long time for anyone to attribute this issue to my right hip.
Your digestive organs should be able to move around on their own a bit and mine were always irritated, adhered to other things and causing a TON of digestion issues. I got Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, IBS, gluten intolerance and a whole bunch more food intolerances three years ago when I first got sick.
Unfortunately, fixing what caused the problem in the first place won’t put me back to before my gut was injured. I’m still supremely sensitive to certain foods, but without all the hip and psoas pain interfering I can actually tell what foods don’t agree with me. Also, without my hip constantly pulling my organs out of place all the supplements, probiotics and whatnot that I’m actually taking will actually be able to help since my gut won’t be getting constantly irritated.
I researched movie theater popcorn because I was amazed it had caused this amount of pain and I found some concerning results. Not only is movie theater popcorn not the healthy movie theater snack I thought it was, but it’s also chock full of processed ingredients. No thank you! Even if I could digest it I don’t want to put that kind of stuff into my body. You can treat yourself without putting a lot of overly processed foods into your stomach.
I’m really scared because I had two blessed days where the stomach pain was gone and I had let myself get hopeful that the hip reconstruction was successful. I’m determined to keep up the hope though. I think this was more digestive related than hip related and that I can deal with.
Abdominal pain FINALLY stopped. I was able to bike today without any Norco for the first time. So excited! My boyfriend’s family was kind of enough to lend me their ice machine and I love it. It stays cold for way longer than a simple ice pack. That way I don’t have to bother someone every hour to get me one.
I’ve been having problems sleeping some nights which has been super duper annoying. I normally sleep on my sides and every time I accidentally roll onto my right side I wake up because of the brace. My mind has also just been hyperactive since I haven’t been getting to workout. That’s my big stress reliever. I haven’t been doing my meditation since the surgery so I decided now was the best time to get back into it. Hopefully that’ll help the monkey brain so I can get some zzzzzs.
Another day of being able to bike without Norco. Whee!
My friend came over and took me for a drive around the arboretum. When you have a gorgeous, sunny day in March in Chicago you take advantage!
I relaxed for the rest of the day except for a quick trip to Walmart with my SO. I am being really careful not to overdue it.
Same as above. I’m on a streak! Queue Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys!
There’s still a pain in my lower abdomen on the right side, but it’s a lot less. I’m at a place now where I’m actually in less pain than I was prior to surgery. That’s definitely a reason to celebrate.
Before surgery my hip pain was inside my groin and my lower back. Both on the right side. I couldn’t go a day without Norco for almost 2 months by the time I got surgery. My psoas was deeply irritated and eating, bowel movements, working out…breathing…would irritate it. A lot of that is gone now or lessened quite a bit.
That’s my week three of healing from hip reconstruction surgery and I’d say it was pretty good. I got a little worried and down on myself when the popcorn caused pain, but I meditated and looked to my boyfriend for support instead of letting my brain go down that rabbit hole. Anxiety can be a vicious creature when it comes to healing.
Continue on my journey here for my first month after hip surgery!
I’ve been tracking my food intake and pain levels in a chronic pain journal that I bought and it’s worked way better for me than trying to do it on my phone. It’s different for everyone.
Please let me know if you have any questions for me or just in general and I’d be more than happy to answer. Please share this with any of your friends who you think would benefit from this!