WooHOO! this is amazing and i'm so happy for you! I've been married to my Rich for 10years last year and i've had surgeries and hip and mobility issues for 6 of those years, and I can not and will not have any more surgery once this last lot of metalwork comes out, as i can't face it anymore. It's time to move on and do all the things we planned to do, and get more active (i really miss walking, riding etc) and i want to work asap. It's time to put Hips to the past, as soon as possible.
So glad you enjoy the gym and you have no pain walking, what a difference that must be :-)
I thought I'd post an update, as Kate has posted hers. I just re-read my last post........it was all going so well back then!
My THR hip was doing well until I started back at work full-time. I started getting more and more groin pain, at first when sitting, and now pretty much all of the time. I thought perhaps it was my psoas, but my physio wasn't so sure. It doesn't feel like the tendonitis I had after the first surgery. It is tight, but I don't think that would account for the pain when sitting (or when doing anything that involves flexion, like cycling, some pilates etc.). I went to see Mr N, who thinks it could be due to the superior pubic ramus osteotomy that still hasn't healed (almost 3 years post-PAO). I've had trouble with it before, when the psoas had become stuck to it, and had to be chiselled out. I had a steroid injection into the area last Thursday, which was soooo painful, as there's lots of scar tissue there. In fact, Mr N couldn't get it all in there, as it started to squirt out under the pressure. He also aspirated some joint fluid, to rule out a low-grade infection.
So, I'm waiting to see if the steroid kicks in. I think the local got rid of about half the pain, and I think the other part of the pain is coming from perhaps the joint capsule, or maybe some adhesions getting squashed when in flexion.
My right hip was getting progressively worse, and I had the CT scan, which showed established OA, and a little too much bone anteriorly. I was offered the choice of a scope (with a very low chance of success but possibly worth a try to buy some time), or go straight to a THR. I've opted for the THR, as this will be surgery number 7, and that's on 26th September. Whilst I'm recovering from that, I can see how the left hip is - maybe it will settle down in time.
So, there's my update! Not quite there yet, but I'm still really grateful that I can still walk short distances without crutches at the moment. I've had to stop going to the gym and can't cycle now as it's too painful for both hips, but I'm doing physio exercises and stretching to keep everything moving.
NNnnnnnnoooooo Janet this is NOT what i wanted to read sweetie, I totally feel your pain and frustration, I've slipped a disc in my lower back or at least they think i have, so thats stopped my physio and working out, perhaps i was too keen to get off my crutch and have set myself back? The more normal chores and routines i take on the more exhausted and sore i am, i ask myself is it normal to still be taking tram and para's in the morning and co-codamol throughout the day? Took to doing yoga to keep me out of trouble and aquafit with my old ladies (mean age of 70+)
I'm glad you've not gone for the scope (hear too many horror stories) and you know the THR and what to expect, i think that is the best move. Healing hugs sweetie xx
Oh Janet, I am so so sorry things havent gone well for you. I thought your lack of updates meant you were out living life to the full and busy cycling! I was gutted to read your post to hear you're suffering so much.
I think you're wise to opt for the THR as you have been through enough 'joint preserving' surgeries. I hope it is a complete success and you have a straightforward and easy recovery with that hip and the steroid injection kicks in and helps the other side.
I feel like I am constantly saying hang in there, you have been through so much already, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that once this next RTHR is done in September that perhaps it will take some extra strain off the left and by the end of this year you'll be pain free and back on that bike again!
Thanks Debbie and Kate! I am feeling positive that I will get ALL of my pelvis fixed to a level that I'm finally happy with - it will just take a bit longer yet. Once I've had the right THR, I'm planning to have a few appointments with the private physio again, and really work hard on 'fine tuning' all the muscles, and maybe have some massage to break up scar tissue.
Debbie - I hope your back gets better soon! The swimming class sounds fun though!
Janet, I just read your thread, you'll be having surgery one day after me. It'll be my 6th hip surgery. Let's hope September is a successful surgery month! I know Sam is having her surgery a week or so before us. Woot woot!! Hang in there!
Wow HC - what hip surgery are you having next? I bet none of us ever believed we'd be having this many surgeries!!
I'm going to beat you to it afterall though - mine has been changed to 26th August!!
Awesome! Glad you had your date moved earlier. Less time to wait and less time until your fixed
I'm having my right side done again. All this time we've been dealing with the left and now my right is going downhill fast. So a revision hip scope for me. It can't come soon enough!!!
Long time no speak - I kept meaning to pop in and see how your first THR went but here I am logging into find out you are about to have the other one done. I really hope it resolves everything for you and I fear I may not be far behind you - although I won't hijack your posting. Good luck tomorrow and hopefully hear soon how it all goes.
WOW!! I need to check in more often! Janet, its too late to say good luck and I'm really sorry I missed the chance but hope everything has gone well, you have a really smooth recovery and are up and about soon. xx