I thought I would make my own thread, as I just keep hijacking others.
No news ffrom Mr Fern yet, but did get a message of his sec today that I can have my screws removed on the 9th June - only slight problem is that, that is one week before my clinical exams - very very important clinical exams, that will determine if I pass the year... I have accepted the date for now, but everyone I have spoken to thinks I'm mad as if anything goes wrong, i'm screwed (lol just realised the irony of writing that!). however, I have had metal work removed several times before and been off crutches within a couple of days and pain much relieved, so I think I should go ahead .. If it helps me take my exams in less pain and on less painkillers surely thats a good thing, just keep my fingers tightly crossed no complications. Its only a daycase and very simple. Though this would be my 6th operation on my right leg (3 major, 3 daycase) ARRRRRRRGGGGGGhhh what shall I to do??
Thought perhaps the steroids had finally started to work yday, managed without codeine, but wasnt sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time so may have been the reason. Today, was ok for the morning as I spent most of it alternating between sitting and standing, but during this afternoon having sat for an hour its got worse again, bearable but worse. So I think perhaps the steroids have taken some of the edge off, and hopefully they may continue to improve it ... and that combined with the screws out may do the trick so I can get back to having a life without crutches and pain!
what are you going to school for?
Hi Soccermom, I'm a medical student in the UK, just coming to the end of my 4th year so 1 more year to go before I qualify!
Nobody can tell you what to do.You have to follow your gut instinct, but as you say its a day case,relatively simple and theres no reason anything should go wrong. You will have time to get over the GA, and if you don't need to be fogged up with codeine should function better.
Good luck, I really hope it all works for you and then you can enjoy the summer pain free,
Tricky decision, and as Kate says, is probably best decided by your gut instincts, and weighing up the pros and cons, as you seem to have done. Really hope the steroids continue to work, and it'll be interesting to see what happens after the screws are removed. What kind of pain is it specifically, and whereabouts?
Yay, some positive people! Think a lot of the problem is noone else has experienced all the surgery and pain so they have no clue what this could mean to be pain free! I'm pretty sure I am going to stick to the 9th, though maybe just won't inform the medical school ....
The pain is deep groin niggling on sitting mainly. If I lie backwards more when sitting, then it improves, so its really once I get to 90 degrees. I also get a very sharp pain at flexing past 90 degrees, so much so, my boyfriend tried to do it passively and I prevent anymore flexion as the pain is so bad, but as soon as its extended again its fine. I've got trochanteric pain too, more just a general ache over my trochanter (think my body just hates metalwork in it and is protesting loudly), but I can abduct ok and it doesnt exaccerbate it. So just a generally angry hip joint and surrounding.
I think I would do the same Sam
Does it feel like impingement when you go past 90 degrees? Really hope its the screws, that would be fantastic for you!
Fingers crossed for 9th June!!
i was back at work .... on post op day 4 with each of my 3 hip arthroscopies--of course was on crutches for these. i was also back at work post op day 3 after a vag hysterectomy. even ran 3 miles 1 week after that hysterectomy. i think some people just recover quicker than others and it sounds like you may be one of those. of course none of my surgeons had released me at these points, but i also didn't ask their permission!!!!!!!
good luck with the exams.
I think you should know yourself better after all the surgeries you've had, so your better to gage it, i think you've been amazing getting through all that you have and i really really hope you do well in your exams too x0x0x0x0x0x0x0x0x0x
Thanks all! Feel a bit happier about it now, but difficult when everyone around you is very negative. Um Kate, its in the same place as I got the impingement pain (though its unclear whether the pain was from me impinging as even after the PAO the acetabulum was still overcovering the femoral head, or the completely bashed up labrum that looked liked a baggy bingo wing when it got chopped out this time or a combo of both - most probably). Mr Fern said he can't take anymore acetabulum off without making me forwards dysplastic - so fingers crossed this is psoas irritation. Been looking it up and symptoms seem to correlate quite well.
Debbie - how did you get on with booking your surgery for august/sept and asking for a phone appt instead of waiting to see him? hope you have got somewhere and can go on holiday with some good news.
lol, not even thinking about the exams really, gotta get through the next 2 weeks yet!