I had my 3rd post-op appointment on January 21st. My doctor is pleased with where I am at this point in my recovery but I am concerned since I am still having some pain. The pain is on what feels like my “butt bone” or “sit bone”. It is not a constant pain like I had before my surgery but I am hoping that I didn’t just trade in one pain for another. The pain feels like it would be where the bones where cut at the bottom area of my pelvis and it bothers me more towards the end of the day. Also as I have continued to walk more I’ve noticed a popping on the outside of my hip.
The doctor took an x-ray and it appears that the bones have grown back together in this area. It made me feel better to know that everything looks good here because I was getting concerned that perhaps a stress fracture had formed. He did say the area at the bottom where my bone was cut is also where the hamstring muscle is attached and the popping is a muscle popping over my bone on the outside of my hip. He feels like all of this will work itself out overtime and he told me to keep pushing. He also told me to try to do more stretching like stretches for my hamstring muscles and IT band and to keep in mind that a lot has been moved around in there. He is going to see me again towards the end of April to see how everything is at that point.
Somedays can be so frustrating. I can remember when the Physician Assistant explained to me before the surgery that running after this surgery would not be a good idea because it would be like taking an off road vehicle and putting 4 new tires on it and not realigning them and then sending it back out and the tires would not last as long. This all makes more sense to me now as I am trying to walk normal and having things just not feel normal. My hip has moved and worked one way for 30 years and now that everything is shifted around I guess it’s just going to take time. I hope that with everyday that goes by that things will continue to get better and as my leg gets stronger again it will feel more and more normal.
On a positive note I have been able to get outside the past 3 weekends and do some walking. It has been so cold but at least on the weekend I can get outside later in the day once the temperatures are a little warmer. I walked 2 miles last Saturday, 2 miles last Sunday and then I walked 3 miles yesterday. The muscle popping was less yesterday than it has been which makes me happy. I can’t wait until the long cold winter days are over I can start getting outside more. In the meantime, I am going to try to start doing P90X chest and back, shoulders and arms, and possibly some of the legs exercises with cycling on my spin bike and walking outside on weekends.