I am still doing well and working out at least 5 days a week. I am keeping up with the cycling and doing P90X upper body workouts. I have also done some swimming. I have not attempted to do any jogging or running. My hip still pops if I move the right way even though it doesn’t hurt I am just too scared to take the chance to do any further damage. I occasionally have muscle soreness in my hip area if I push it too much when working out but it is nothing like the pain deep in my hip that I had before my surgery and it usually goes away within a few days.
We recently took a long weekend trip to Vegas and the first night walked from one end of the strip to the other…my hip was sore after the long walk…we had to get a cab back to the hotel so I am also trying to do more walking. We have been taking walks in the evening after dinner. The walking just uses different muscles and I guess I still have strengthening to do.
My last post-op appointment was April 29th. The doctor was very pleased with where I was at that point and how good of shape I had gotten back into at that point. He said that everything looked good. I told him the pain I had when doing workouts with weights and carrying heavy objects. He said to not be surprised if even a few months from now if I do something and then I am a little sore for a few days. I just think that it will take a long time to get all the muscles in my hip area back to where they were before my surgery but I will keep trying. Here is my x-ray from my April 29th post-op. I was very surprised by the space in my pelvis bone where the bone has not grown back together. I thought it would all fill in but the doctor said that it is that way by design.
Some times things just still don’t feel normal or they feel different. For example when shaving my legs in the shower I use to be able to twist my leg and easily reach the back of my leg but it just feels uncomfortable now when I put my leg in this particular position. Also sometimes during the middle of the night when I go to turn from one side to the other side it just feels strange. Neither of these things cause pain but they just don’t feel normal. They also feel like I am just not as flexible as I was before my surgery.
I think now that I am feeling so much better I look back at last year around this time and realize how bad the pain was and how it was affecting all aspects of my life. I was in pain constantly and it wasn’t pain that would bring tears to your eyes but it was extremely uncomfortable. I couldn’t do much this time last year without being in pain…sitting at my desk at work, riding in the car, wearing heels and working out would make me so uncomfortable and my hip so sore that I would then have to take 3-5 days off from working out and wear flats. I just think it all really took a toll on me and I didn’t even realize how bad it was at the time. I am so happy that I decided to have the surgery and I think it was well worth it! I haven’t had to take Aleve in months now 🙂 For those of you out there who are facing PAO surgery it is a long recovery and it isn’t easy but it is worth it to be pain free.