Little update about my flare/ butt ache.
I saw my OS for my shoulder and once that was taken care off, he asked about my hip. (Practical…one stop shop!)
I told him, in general my op hip is fine but since about four weeks it gets stressed out super easily, I had to cut my workouts in half, have to walk slower and just do less of everything.
The only thing I can think of that I changed in the last month was going from “20 minutes/ level 1” on the Elliptical to “18 minutes/ level 1” and “add 2 minutes/ level 2″, which I thought was quite reasonable. I know my hip is very sensitive to change, so I wanted to introduce the next level very gently, to not stress it out too much.
The same evening my hip was really angry, it felt like an alien, trying to come out. Deep hip pain, lots of pressure in there, about 5/10. It got slightly better the next day but the hip never has been the same since then. Things that I did before that were just fine, will now set it off.
I am not amused.
I told my OS about it and he said, there is no magical timeline aka “at PO month xy you are supposed to do this or that.” Everybody heals at a different pace.
That said, 20 minutes on the lowest level on the Elliptical/ bike or stationary bike do seem a bit on the slow side to him, being that far out. He also said, that he knows I am a slow healer though where he usually counts in “weeks” with patients recovery, he knows he has to count in “months and years” with me.
For the moment I am supposed to take 2 Ibuprofen twice a day for a week. Hopefully this will get the inflammation down.
If I still have problems in a few weeks, then we’ll do an MRI with “metal supression technique” because of my three lovely pins in my hip. If we did a normal MRI, the metal would distort the picture and the radiologist would not be able to see the hip as well.
What he would be looking for is AVN, which would be super uncool. But that would be the worst case scenario.
I also asked him about my daily butt pain. His theory is, since I am still unbalanced, front to back and right hip versus left hip, it’s most likely hamstrings. Tight hip flexor in the front means pissy hamstrings in the back. It’s all connected. If one thing is off, it will effect other things as well, like a domino effect.
So I guess for the moment I keep snacking on Ibuprofen, give my hip some extra love and wait for this to pass. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.