Two Months After Reconstructive Hip Surgery
Here we are at a major milestone! It’s officially two months after my reconstructive hip surgery. If you want to catch up and start from the beginning you can check it out here.
There’s been lots of ups and downs, but I am so happy that I had the surgery. It’s hard to believe, but just three weeks ago I couldn’t walk without the assistance of my crutches or my brace. Now I’m biking with resistance and able to take 30-minute walks. Boo-yah!
This post is later than I normally post my weekly recap, but I’ve just been having so much fun being able to actually do things. I can even drive short distances! So apologies, but here it is now, my dears.
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I’m having a ton of cramping that feels like period cramps, but no period. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted my period to come more barring the occasional pregnancy scar here and there. I’m bloated, cramping, sore and hormonal. What’s up phantom period?
I talked with my PT about it and she thinks I may skip just because my body is under so much stress walking again. Which is cool, but I still feel like I have my period without the actual period.
I can’t do joint mobilization until Week 9 so we’ve been working on strengthening my glutes and getting my abdominals to work. My abs have kicked in now, but they’re very weak. If you don’t know, joint mobs are where the PT has you relax whatever body part they’re working on and they guide it where it should be going. For me, that would mean they would take my bent leg and slowly bring my knee closer to my chest because that’s something I can’t do on my own yet. The reason they hold off on doing it right away is the same reason I had to wait 6 weeks to start PT…they don’t want to screw up all the fragile work they did.
Not to mention if you don’t do the soft tissue work first and get some of the scar tissue softened up it can make joint mobs really painful and difficult. No thank you!
The reason they do joint mobs is so that normal joint movement can be restored. Even though my range of motion has improved just from massage, exercises, cupping and dry needling joint mobs is really needed to restore it completely.
Speaking of dry needling, we finally got to do that today on some of the muscles that are responsible for adduction of my hip, some plunging, and cupping! I had a gnarly muscle knot near my knee. Last time I had hip surgery my rhomboid behind my shoulder blade was causing me issues. I have a feeling my knee is going to be the troublemaker this time. I have a lot of pulling there and it’s one of the first places to act up when the pain starts to come on.
I did some biking with light resistance. It actually felt pretty good, but I’ve had to take Norco the last few days and that’s really bumming me out. I don’t know what is going on with this cramping and bloating, but I have had more than enough. The psoas pain is terrible.
I had no PT today so I just took it easy and took an Epsom salt bath. I did all my PT exercises but nothing seemed to be helping.
Had some more fun taking pics of spring outfits for my Instagram!
We worked really hard in PT today. I tried out some squats and other glute strengthening exercises. By the time I was done my hip and leg felt absolutely terrible. I think we just pushed it too hard. I went home, took a Naproxen and iced a lot. Ice, ice, baby!
I didn’t bike today because I felt like it would make it a lot worse. I’m so excited for the end of this week because I no longer HAVE to bike. I’ll still continue biking and adding resistance on because I want too, but that’s totally different than having to do something. Mwahaha.
By the end of the day, the right side of my knee hurt so bad that I was back on crutches. My psoas was rearing its ugly head and I was super cranky and emotional. Some of it was because I was in pain, but most of it was hormonal because I was crying at puppy videos. You know the feels.
Mother. Of. God.
This was worse than any day since I’ve had surgery. Legit wanted to die. I felt like my entire leg was on fire and had some weird tingles going on in my right foot and my right hand. I had been fine in the morning, but come afternoon it was ridiculous. I tried telling my mom how much pain I was in, but I don’t think she really got it. I took Advil and that did zilch and I didn’t want to take a Norco because I’d had to take so much lately. I still feel kind of shamed by my surgeon’s office for needing painkillers soon. I think it’s super shitty to expect a patient who had severe psoas pain and was already taking pain meds regularly to not need any when they start PT.
I started panicking because they pain was that bad and no one was here. I debated calling an ambulance or something because I’ve never had this type of firey pain before. I texted my BF what was going on and just to calm me down because I’m not ashamed to admit that I was losing my shit.
I guess I sounded the sirens enough because my mom and my boyfriend got home at the same time. My boyfriend took off work early to come see me. I know, how sweet. He’s really the best. I’m just glad my mom finally realized how much pain I was in. She gave me a Xanax so I could get out of freak out mode and she called my surgeon’s office to let them know what was going on. Their answer? Take some Tylenol and they’d see me on Monday for an appointment. Are. You. Kidding. Me?
My mom got super pissed at their inability to help them control my pain and just told me to take a Norco from my stock. I felt bad taking it, but I was literally laying in bed wanting to roll all over in pain and not able to because it caused too much pain. My boyfriend tried to massage my hip while we waited for the Norco to kick in (which it never did). He was amazing and called our PT who asked me about what was going on. She doesn’t work Fridays so she got me set up with another PT at the office and made sure she was apprised of the situation.
Thank god for them fitting me in because my femoral nerve was trapped in some of my scar tissue and causing that fun burning pain. I felt so much better after the emergency PT session and just laid around the rest of the day because I was so exhausted. That day was quite the rollercoaster.
Still doing good, but I’m not pushing it. I’m just doing my PT exercises really gently and no resistance on the bike. Plus, I was saving up energy for my liberation day party. Yes, I had a party to celebrate my liberation from my brace and crutches. I will take any excuse to party and see my friends.
I made turkey bacon wrapped dates and we played a ton of games. It was a lot of fun, but I was so exhausted by midnight that I was falling asleep sitting up. It was so good getting to see friends who I hadn’t seen in awhile and catch up. Plus, I was starting to cramp up so badly that I just wanted to take some meds and sleep. So that’s what I did.
Pretty exhausted from the party yesterday. I slept until around noon which is really unlike me, but I just felt sooooo sleepy. I skipped biking today and just did my PT exercises since I was so tired. I honestly don’t remember much of the day because I was so exhausted. I think Ty and I just laid in bed watching movies.
Well, I got my period after all. I feel like if mother nature is going to give you period like symptoms you shouldn’t get stuck with another actual period right after. Not happy.
I have Endometriosis so the first couple days of my period are not pleasant. Usually, they’re much better than they used to be, but the surgery has understandably inflamed my body a lot.
What a great excuse to lay around and do nothing.
I did NOT want to go to PT today. My balloon self wanted to stay in bed with my heating pad and kombucha, but you the show must go on. I had woken up in the middle of the night with cramps and hadn’t really been able to fall asleep. Boo.
Everyone as my PT office was happy to see me better than last Friday. I thought I’d been holding it together pretty well when I went in there on Friday, but apparently not. Good thing I’m not an actress anymore!
I felt a lot strong physically overall so we got to work on balance and use bands exercises I’d been doing previously to up the ante. I have always had terrible balance, but I like the balancing exercises here because they have you balance on a super squishy pad while you touch red solo cups with your foot that surround you like a clock. I only squashed one cup!
I decided to take my first 20-minute walk with my mom when she had to go walk Echo. It was painful so we headed back a little early, but I was proud of myself. A huge part of healing is knowing when to push yourself and when to rest.
Whenever I get down I just remind myself how awesome it is to get up in the middle of the night to pee without crutches!
So that’s week 8 of healing from hip surgery coming at ya! It was definitely a rollercoaster, but I’m strong enough to go along for the ride.
I didn’t end up going in to get the steroid shot in my psoas since I started to feel better. I was also still a little pissed at how the surgeon’s office handled my pain levels. I wish I had felt better at the moment so that I could have actually talked to them. I was pretty disappointed, but at least my surgeon is a rockstar.
I’m going to be doing a lot of self-care after all this. I’m also trying cryotherapy for the first time on Wednesday and I’m really excited.
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Sending good vibes to all of you! Please let me know if you have any questions for me or about something similar you may be dealing with. I feel so honored to have been to speak to so many people going through surgeries or chronic pain issues. Let’s all be here for each other!