Reality check at 10 months PO

 

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I am slowly sneaking up to 1 year  PO  and what a year it has been. Ugh.

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Two posts ago I wrote about the difficulties I had walking up and down a long hill. This made me think.

Before I broke my  R  hip, I had arthroscopic surgery for labral tears on both hips. I wrote blogs about both recoveries and was curious to see what I could do at 9 months  PO, for “comparison”.

Each surgery was unique in its way and had a different recovery and circumstances (whereas the recovery of a hip fracture hit the ball out of the park!!).

I know I should not be comparing but I have no one to compare myself with, so the closest is my second recovery and interestingly enough, at 10 months post operative hip scope, I went skiing already and did triple the resistance with weights, Elliptical etc.  in the gym.

 

Skiing @ 10 months PO hip scope

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Right now, at 10 months  PO  after hip fracture, I am where I was at 5 months (!) PO after hip arthroscopic surgery. BAM! 

It actually would even make sense because my muscle  strength and endurance is just not there yet. I could not imagine going skiing right now and I wonder if it will happen this winter at all. It takes  f-o-r-e-v-e-r  to build up muscle mass again.

This really shows me just how severe of an injury it was. Recovering from a labral tear was slow. This is at least twice as slow and requires twice the patience and the comparison to the previous hip surgery really put things in perspective.

 

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Did I mention the results of the Endocrinologist came back? He found absolutely nothing wrong with me.

I have had some bone density loss over the years but otherwise, healthy as can be which comes back to my theory all along, it was just bad luck and a freak accident and once I am stronger, I will go skiing again. Got the okay from my OS already to give it a gentle try from 1 year  PO  on, but of course I have to wait and see how I feel this winter.

Even if I could just do a few runs, some easy blues, that’d be a victory for me already.  I’d be happy with this for winter season 2019. I will be even stronger in 2020.

 

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And how am I doing at 10 months PO? I am doing fine, have almost no pain; here and there some aches but overall I have more good days than bad.

My other hip also really has calmed down and is a happy hip again.

 

Still doing my daily workouts and actually cut back on them. I am no longer aiming for 20 minutes on the Elliptical or stationary bike, it’s just not happening yet. With 15 minutes I am keeping everybody happy. Less is more. Maybe I try again for it in a few months.

If I think back what my  PT  put me through at 5 months PO, I could smack him for it. The amount of exercises was brutal (432 repetions in 1.5 hours). I wouldn’t even attempt doing all this now. But of course, afterwards one is always smarter.

 

But so far, I am happy. It is a very slow recovery but I take a slow & smooth recovery over complications along the way  ANY  day.

 

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28 thoughts on “Reality check at 10 months PO

  1. You’re doing really well! I’m almost six months PO and still having trouble. I can’t leave the house without my wheelchair and still have crutches to get about the house. I seem to have weaker bones than I used to though, and have seemed to break easily over the past ten years, so maybe I just have to be patient and accept that healing doesn’t come easily to me any more, either.

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    1. Thank you dear.
      It is a very slow recovery to begin with and your circumstances are more difficult, I agree. Have you had the dexa scan done in the mean time?

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      1. I’m still waiting, it’s ridiculous. I’m supposed to see my new consultant next month, so will ask him about it then. Everything probably got thrown by my demanding a second opinion, but it was worth it to get someone who listens and isn’t obsessed with getting his patients up and walking.

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      2. I’m sort of used to it now. I’m not an emergency, and my new consultant wanted to wait for a few months after our initial chat because he doesn’t know me and is hoping to avoid further surgery. That is absolutely fair enough and so I don’t blame him for that. Things are (very slowly) beginning to improve, and at this stage I’m quite certain that the femoral screws aren’t the issue, since metal doesn’t scrunch or go click when you move, that I know of. I’m finally able to struggle down the stairs for the postman in the mornings now, but remaining downstairs on the sofa still causes me pain.

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      3. Ah ok. I just don’t understand why a dexa scan is being pushed back so far. It does not influence the decision to have further surgery or not. It shows bone density.

        I am happy to hear you are making progress. Hey, any progress is progress, right?

        Has anybody checked for a labral tear in your hip? Your mentioning of a clicking noise is a classic sign for labral tear, when cartilage is loose and flaps inside the hip capsule and gets stuck there.

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      4. Nothing like that showed up in my x-ray, but I don’t imagine that it would.

        I wonder if the request for a dexa scan simply hasn’t been passed to my new consultant? That’s more than possible, given how overworked and underfunded the poor NHS is these days – things get overlooked due to time constraints.

        I’ll certainly be asking about labral tears at my next consult – thanks for the information!

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      5. Labral tears don’t show up on X-ray.
        You need an MRI with contrast to show it.
        Also, you need to have a sports medicine radiologist look at it. If he is not trained to “see” it, he will overlook it.

        I would ask for the dexa scan again. It probably got overlooked and ask for an MRI.

        I know others who broke their hip, had hip pinning done and because the femoral neck had shifted – it put stress on the labrum and it tore.

        Better have it checked out.

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      6. According to my last x-ray there has been no shift – everything is perfectly placed for healing (in other words, the Gammon just wanted to get paid to needlessly open me up again, but I think I already covered that fact in a blog post).

        I’m definitely going to chase up the dexa scan, and my local hospital now have a swanky new MRI machine (when they wanted to scan my epileptic brain I was put through a tiny portable machine in the hospital car park and nobody warned me about the noise. It was also not the nicest way to discover that I’m claustrophobic lol).

        There’s a good physio team at the hospital, so I’ll mention the possibility of a labral tear. I’m sure my new consultant will know the appropriate radiologist for the job 🙂

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  2. Thanks for keeping us updated with your progress. I’m 7.5 months post op/accident and really fed up. Do you find that people don’t understand how slow this injury is?

    My fracture healed well and all looks good. No bone density issues, just a freak accident. I still have aches on some days though and am still building up stamina.

    I find that people are very dismissive and I actually feel like they are trying to imply I am making up any pain etc? How have people been with you about this?

    Best wishes. x

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    1. You are welcome. I am glad my blog and updates help others.
      I am sorry you are in the same recovery boat.

      People definitely don’t understand what a big injury this is and how demanding and time consuming the recovery is.

      To build up muscle mass takes a long, long time. You just have to keep at it.
      I get comments like “you should be about done with your recovery, right?” ALL the time.

      I had two hip surgeries before that, so I am used to “great comments” about hip surgery recovery by now but they still bug me.

      How did you break yours?

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      1. Thank you for the reply. 🙂

        Slipped down an icy hill. Yeah it is quite slow going. I can see the progress with my stamina and strength but it is pretty slow. I get tired of explaining it to co-workers etc.

        Yeah I’ve been told that if I still have ‘problems’ then I should be having it looked into. Implying I am lying or something, I don’t know.

        I feel like saying, no it’s a slow recovery and the surgery was quite brutal really.

        Ugh Thanks for listening. 🙂 And thanks again for all your updates.

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      2. Ugh, sucks.

        In my opinion the recovery is “best case” scenario 1 year. I am personally counting on 2 years plus.
        It really takes a long, long time till you get your muscle mass back and things are falling back into place.

        We have to be patient but you still should see improvement in your case. It still does get better. Don’t let up on your PT exercises, they are crucial. Find what works for you and keep at it.

        And yes, the surgery was indeed brutal. I agree 100%.

        You can contact me any time. Hang in there. 😘

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  3. Yeah I was told 2 years. Did they talk to you much about AVN? I’ve been told the bloody supply looks good at the moment but that they will keep an eye on it at each yearly x-ray for 2 years.

    Thank you 🙂 xx

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    1. I was told 1 year which I find very unrealistic.
      It took me alone 3 years to recover from 2 arthroscopic hip surgery and the muscle mass loss that came with it.

      Yes, AVN was mentioned and we need to keep an eye on it but I think the danger for getting it is higher in the early stages of recovery.
      My OS said, no further X-rays will be taken. I should come back if I am in pain. He is pretty casual like that.

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  4. Oh okay. I wasn’t really told much about it. Yeah my surgeon seemed very happy overall. I’ve read up a bit and read different things about it. That’s good to hear. Do you have any issues with cold weather and the metal implant? Thanks. 🙂

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      1. We’ve had some cold weather here and it did ache a bit but I’m not sure if it was co-incidence. Do you have an awareness, like a sensation where the fracture is? I have this pressure there but not sure if it’s the pins or scar tissue or something.

        Sorry that’s my last question tonight! 😀

        Nice to talk to someone that has been through a similar experience. Gets frustrating trying to explain it to other people!

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      2. Hm, I can’t say. Where are you located?
        I do feel the pins from time to time in my femoral neck and also at the incision site on my thigh sometimes. Usually when I am achy.

        Don’t worry about asking questions. I get it. 😘

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    1. Actually, thinking about it, the few times I “was” outside last winter, they felt okay, but of course I did not get far, being on crutches, so my time outside was really limited.

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  5. I’m in the UK. Sounds like you ache in similar places to me. It is easing off though. Just sick of being aware of that area all the time.

    Thank you 🙂 x

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    1. Ah, lovely UK. 😍

      I think you will have to get used to it. It will get better with time but it will always be there.
      Did anybody mention screw removal to you? Mine are staying in.

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      1. Yeah suppose so. the surgeon didn’t mention it. I asked the physio and he said they don’t usually take them out unless there are any problems. Reading up on it I think I’d just leave them in anyway unless there were any issues.

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      2. That’s what my OS said. He said he really really does not want to take them out unless he has to. It is a very tricky orthopedic surgery with the risk of refracturing the hip and additional time on crutches and recovery time.

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    1. No, I do not need a stick. I was for 12 weeks solid on 2 crutches and weaned off for another 8 weeks.
      The gait will get better with time and once you are stronger.
      I have a normal gait now and take breaks when I need to.

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      1. Yeah sounds the same as my time frame. I have held onto the stick they gave me as th injury set off a bit of agoraphobia also a horrible personal issue happened just as I was weaning off the crutch/getting back out.

        My gait isn’t too bad, sometimes that leg is a bit stiff or sore and it can look a bit robotic.

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