Apologies it’s a large post
I’m 37 weeks post #hipreplacement and yes I still use my walking stick, though not while hand is heavily splinted and sore from injection. yes I’m still on painkillers, but not for this hip, it really is a lot better. An odd twinge here and there, and occasionally groin pain as discussed previously. But overall I’m really happy. Anyone else still get these twinges this far post op?
Left hip well that’s a whole other story lately, at times it feels unstable, and like it’s pushing out the front?? God knows why, this is meant to be my good hip!! That’s a depressing realisation. Hoping it’s from holiday and me wearing it out. It’s either a flexor issue or dreaded bursitis.
Knees should I mention them? They often feel twisted and want to give way. But it’s not a full year yet, so it could be residual from surgery, like previous times.
What I do need to do is get back into a physio routine, and work on my weight loss again. It’s been put by the sideline while family duties are more important.
Steroid injection in CMC joint.
See original post of the Day I had it done here
On the Day, Day One
On the day it was STIFF I couldn’t move it much at all, and it nagged a dull ache all day. Had to take ibuprofen and cocodamol tablets to help ease it. Could not function normally at all, husband had to do everything for me, even dress. It’s so sensitive and achy, I don’t remember it ever being this bad before.
Wearing my splint to help protect from use and from knocking it accidentally. It’s very very painful still.
And come the night time, I sobbed because I caught the thumb on my trousers!! What ridiculous pain, hope it settles down.
Sleep was hard, fear of knocking it while I relaxed was very very real, and in the end I fashioned a way of having it away from me, but sleep quality wasn’t great. I was soon up with pain awakening me at 6am.
So I got up to remove splint to give it a rest, and put on ibuprofen gel, and take cocodamol. Slight movement in thumb, but still painful and extremely stiff. So another rest day for it.
Though physio is later on today, hoping to splint it and keep it out of the way as much as possible.
Survived the physio, but hand aching as I left (though I never used it)
Come tea time I started to get facial flushing on the one cheek. Expected this side effect as I’ve had it before.
Starting to be able to move the thumb at long last. Don’t ever remember the other ones taking this long. It’s not full function, but any movement is better than none.
Can comfortably pinch movement to middle finger, I can do third finger but that makes it sore. So best not too push it too much. No strength in the pinch action though, so can’t pick things up, or do a tap etc. Now typically other thumb is painful from doing all the work of both hands.
Ended up crying once again, obviously overdid it in usage and paid the price. Also think the steroid makes me more emotional too? Sharp pains at the back of the hand. Will it settle down? I knew it would ache more, but this a very different experience to the 2 times before.
I tried yesterday without a splint much, but it hurt more than I thought was worth it, so ended up splinting it again. Having to gel both thumbs now, as they are both stiff and painful, though now right thumb is that white hot pain from arthritis. And left is the stiffness pain from injection.
Let’s see if I can make it without crying? Why did I do this again? Oh yeah because it was so painful, so I swapped one pain for another? But I can finally reach the pinkie, stiff and sore but it reaches. Shoelaces are so hard to do still, but it’s improving.
Feeling a lot more like myself, now I’m seeing a light on the horizon. Sleeping better, though still a little extra emotional.
Only taking ibuprofen tablets and gel now as well, so huge improvement on that. Using splint a bit less now so that’s good. Having a day out using my walking stick, so using the splint for that.