I’m not able to tell stories of minimal pain or no need to medicate or “hold me back” regarding PT.
I had my anterior approach right THR on Tuesday, April 1 at 5 pm. It was done and I was in recovery by 6:11. They said I did great and all had gone amazingly well. I got to see pictures of my femur head…flat on the top. Very delineated where the cartilage ended and the bare, eroded bone began. They said it was a really good thing that I got the surgery done. The joint was beyond shot.
I FELT great at that point. By 9 o’clock, I started feeling some inkling of pain. My teeth started chattering uncontrollably. Having decided to not be a “tough guy” and to follow directions and advice of those who had gone before me, I buzzed for meds. Fifteen minutes later, when the pain was actual pain and no one had shown up with any relief (or anything, for that matter) I buzzed again. “O, right! She’ll be right there!” Twenty minutes after that when I was in excruciating pain, I buzzed again and was pretty rude and nasty and pretty much experiencing pain worse than any I’d ever had before. The nurse came scurrying in, apologizing profusely, and administered dilaudid through the IV. While the pain melted away, I suddenly vomited the small amount of fruit they had given me once I was in my room. Thus began an 18-hour alleviate pain/empty stomach pattern until they figured out when to dose and what to use regarding the anti-nausea meds. Then it was much better.
My first round of PT was so painful. I was somehow able to get out of bed with my Thigh Of Fire and stand using the walker. I got about 20 feet from my room and said I was light-headed. Back to the room I went. Blood pressure 65/32 or something like that. And thus continued my PT pattern for the next 4 sessions before being discharged.
Last night as I was feeling frustrated I decided to see what really happened to my leg and I found this video…
I also posted this in a comment on Sarah’s thread. For those of you who had anterior approach and are experiencing IT issues…they cut through your TFL. Just sayin’…
So I felt better seeing evidence of what I already knew…that it was a very very invasive procedure and to be gentle to myself in terms of recovery.
Every day the Thigh Of Fire burns a little less. I’m looking forward to the day when the swelling subsides for good…because Blimpleg is no fun!
A question for you: did you ice pretty constantly? can you over-ice provided you aren’t giving yourself frostbite? I’ve a message in for my surgeon but no answer yet.
For now I only need the pain meds at night…maybe once during the day…but not yesterday or today.
I’m still able to make meals for my 4 kids (not because I want to but because there’s no one else to do it). They do help a little bit. Still able to help the youngest get dressed and undressed and brush her hair, etc. Self-care is pretty good, too…except for putting my foot down when I’m spent and really want to lay in bed! Where’s my housekeeper? lol
I’m not feeling as negative as this all probably sounds. In fact, I’m feeling really ‘up’ about the whole thing…just my story isn’t sunshine and roses 🙂
Hope all of you Hiprunners are doing well!