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10 months post-op – Feeling great

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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.

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7 1/2 Months Post-op: Feeling Accomplished

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This weekend has made me feel so proud of myself!   I completed a 14 miles bike ride on Saturday with my clip in bike pedals, did yard work and I walked/jogged a 5k today!!  My muscles around my hip area are a little sore but it feels great to be active again.  I have really only been biking for exercise so the squatting doing the yard work and the jogging definitely used some different muscles.

Clip in bike pedals may not sound like a big deal but I did have a little fall on my second attempt at using them at the beginning of the week.  I have learned that you really have to think ahead!!  We were leaving our subdivision and stopped…well I was still clipped into both pedals and couldn’t get my foot out and I fell over and of course on my left hip(PAO surgery side).  I had to laugh as I laid on the ground looking up at my husband who was also laughing and couldn’t believe I had fallen.  He doesn’t have clip in pedals on his bike yet but lucky for me I am short so the ground wasn’t very far away.  I ended up going for a ride by myself in the business park near our house later in the week and just practiced stopping and unclipping at every corner.

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6 Months Post-Op

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Well I am finally 6 months post-op and continuing down the road of recovery!  It is great to not constantly be in pain like I was before having LPAO surgery but I still feel like I have a ways to go.  I was a very active person prior to surgery.  I typically ran about 20-30 miles a week and mixed in P90X a few days a week for upper body and ab workouts.  The pain before the surgery was there whether I was sitting at my desk at work or riding in the car and I remember constantly trying to reposition myself or shift around to get comfortable.  I could not wear high heel shoes without being in pain.  Then when I would complete an intense workout I was usually hurting and sore for several days after that it was painful to even lay on my left side in bed.

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4 1/2 months post-op: Want to feel normal…

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January 21st, 2014 X-Ray

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.

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Day 115 / Week 16: Ready For Happy Hips

Well I completed my PT sessions in December.  I had a total of 14 PT sessions over 7 weeks.  I am just ready to feel “normal” again or better yet have “happy hips”.

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Squats w/ one foot back & heel raised

In some of my final sessions I was working on doing some squats with one foot slightly to the back and my heel off the floor because it was still too much to try to do a regular squat.  My muscles are still too weak and I was using mostly my non-surgery side when I went down which made for a very crooked squat shifting to my non-surgery side.

We found a few more spots on the outside of my hip area that are like little knots in my muscles so I am using a foam roller to try to work them out.  I have also used a heating pad on these spots and they are getting better but it takes several days to work it out.  We never really figured out the achy pain that I have in what feels like my “butt bone” or where the bones where cut at the bottom of my pelvis bone.

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Day 84: Got Coverage?

I know it’s been a while since my last post. All is well though getting back into a regular routine and working from the office has been exhausting. I had my 2nd post-op visit with the doctor on November 21st. He said that everything looks good and that the bone is healing and filling in where they made the cuts in order to rotate the joint. I also had the doctor put my x-rays side by side so I could see the difference in the coverage of the femoral head before and after (see picture). He released me to start going back to work in the office with limited hours if needed for 2 weeks and then to return full duty on December 9th. It was nice that the Thanksgiving holiday fell in the middle of this time which allowed me to get some rest after the first few days back in the office.

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Day 68: Cycling on the road to recovery

spin-bikeI am continuing to make progress.  I have now had 5 Physical Therapy visits.  I can get around the house with no crutches most of the day but I have a limp.

I went out to watch my husband cross the finish line for the Charlotte Thunder Road Half Marathon.  It was exciting to see him finish!  He did great and has a new PR of 1:36:04…way to go Garrett!!!  I was also able to see my friend Edward cross the finish line too.  It was his first half marathon and he did great!  Charlotte Thunder Road is a tough race with lots of hills!

I enjoyed watching all the runners but it also breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes to think that I will never be able to run long distances again.  I miss the conversations we had while running together…even it was arguing over something, the different places we ran with beautiful scenery like in Hawaii, the smells of a city like running through the French Quarter in New Orleans…a little smelly after a Friday night, or a quiet early morning run watching the sunrise.  This is why I am thinking that my new love will need to be biking so that I can at least be outside and have some of these experiences again in the future.  So to get started I got a spin bike for the house which I am super excited about 🙂  I did also get a wide comfy seat for the bike until everything is fully healed and I can use the regular bike seat.  Hopefully in the next few weeks I will start riding everyday to work myself up to about 30-45 minutes a day.

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Day 59: Every day is a GOOD day.

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I am making progress.  I started working from home this past Monday, had my first PT visit on Wednesday, started driving on Thursday, and had my second PT visit on Friday.  Lots accomplished this week!!!

It was good to start working again and know that I was missed by co-workers and clients.  It at least gives me something else to focus on though I was exhausted by the time Friday finally arrived.

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Day 49: The Start of One Crutch

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I wanted to just give a quick update on how things are going with the weight bearing.  Day before yesterday I was finally able to get around the house a little during the day with one crutch.  When I get up in the morning it is stiff and takes a little while before I can attempt one crutch and then by the end of the day I need the other crutch again because it gets sore.  My lower back was even hurting last night…I guess I didn’t realize how many muscles I need to strengthen back up to be able to walk normal again.

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