Day 17 TMI probably

Archive, Arthritis, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement, SURGERY

Today I thought I’d tackle a subject often forgotten about, brushed under the carpet, or simply ignored.

The menstrual cycle for me, following all this pelvic and hip surgery has got increasing worse, radiating from the stomach, and pelvis and runs down the hips, legs and around the lower back.

I currently use menafenic and tranexamic tablets to help control the pain and flow, but they aren’t fully successful. So I also use wheat bags and hot water bottles too. But while I’m on clexane blood thinning injections I have to avoid the Tranexamic tablets, as they are for the opposite job, they clot the blood. So ask before taking these while on injections.

I believe the reason they get worse following surgery, is the increased hormones, which softens the tendons and ligaments. Coupled with my collagen issues with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome I can honestly say my cycle is a nightmare for me each month. And of course the blood thinner injections clexane, it makes sense why they get so horrendous after surgery. Least I will only have the injections for 4 weeks so likely only during one period.

Thats something the surgeons don’t warn you…

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Steroid injection day!!

Archive, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip Arthroscopy, SURGERY, Triple Pelvic Ost, Femoral Ost, PAO

In the run up to this day, we’ve had a birthday party for our brother in law Simon, cue hilarious evening all round. I even won prosecco pong!!

But I did drink a tad too much, so Sunday morning was a hangover day!!

Monday came and went so fast, we had glorious sunshine and we sunbathed outside while we can. Feeling a tad poorly and snotty at this point. Stressed out they may cancel my steroid injection! Eek!! That would be awful.

Tuesday is here and I feel better in myself thankfully. Just a small cough and bit snotty but nothing like yesterday. So I’m going to try and do my appointment, as it’s not a general anaesthesia it’s only local. Throughout the day I felt better and better, I took an antihistamine and it cleared up the runny nose, so I’m thinking it was hayfever??

Wednesday is here and it’s the day I get the injection. Packed light overnight bag just in case, with just sone PJ’s in, I’m wearing easy leggings and t-shirt and flossy shoes, so everything is easy to slip in and out of. Packed a book. #ReadyPlayerOne headphones and phone, that should be me all set!

Sidenote this heat has been perfect for my hand pain, it’s not gone entirely but overall it’s amazingly different. So that’s a bonus.

Got there and had an hour’s wait straight away. This was 1.30pm. Nothing too major. I was then called through, weighed and measured height. Then off to a ward to wait.

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Ace it’s empty or so I thought, I get pulled into theatre and get my arrow. This was 2pm.

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Then I’m told to wait in the waiting room, gutted I thought I was being done now.

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Finally at 3.10pm I’m called through, it’s my turn. Easy quick check that I am who I say I am, that I know what they are doing. Then it’s time to lie down.

Steroid done, and omg that HURT, so much more than before. Last one like this was 2 yes ago. Also he said ‘what on earth is that? oh must be scar tissue, I haven’t seen it that bad on someonebefore’ he told me that’s why it was extra painful.

It was painful! The initial needle was ok, but it needed moving around, the sensation is odd and I flinched a few times I’m embarrassed to say. Holding my nurses hand to stop me moving too much. The air had to be blown into it, to ensure correct area, weird tightening feeling but at least not too painful. Then finally the steroid is pushed into joint, and I could feel it going in, odd feeling but at least it didn’t last long.

Once done it was time to wiggle hip to work it in, and then off to sit on the ward to wait 20-30mins before I can go home.

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Least I have coffee and biscuits to ease my shellshockedness. Once I knew I was free to go, off I went to find my husband. Free to go home and relax at long last at 4pm. Bit of a long day, but could of been worse. And though it HURT I still rather do it this way, than be under a general anaesthesic because I get to go home, eat and move so much quicker.

So that’s me for now. I have to keep a pain diary and see my consultant in 6weeks time.

Land Physio Appointment, first session of 2018

Archive, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip Arthroscopy, SURGERY, Triple Pelvic Ost, Femoral Ost, PAO

Welcome back my lovelies, this week was a week of getting back into routine following Christmas then illness, both wiped me out good and proper. And though I’ve been gradually getting back into homework physio, I knew this appointment would be a killer!!

And I wasn’t wrong!! Just when I think I’m getting strong, this session shows me exactly how off I am. But there’s some improvement, so that’s good.

My first exercise is always a warm up, no resistance 5 minutes stationary bike. (This used to hurt my seat bones after my triple pelvic osteotomy, but now it feels different??)

Then up is the 40kg leg press. I personally hate this one, as I don’t like the extreme bend in hip, it’s hates 90° and deeper angles.

Swiss Ball pelvic tilt, goddess knows why my body hates such a simple easy exercise, but joint really hates it?? No clue why?

Omg this was new!! And so goddamn hard too. Think this one is what hurt me for hours and hours afterwards. Simple looking, but hip flexor obviously isn’t strong enough yet.

I adapt this to be on my elbows and forearms, as my wrists are too weak, too subluxing to hold me up. Thank you #EhlersDanlosSyndrome but adapting it makes it good and ok to do.

Hip bridges are the easiest exercises for me so far, and I’m doing them at home daily too. Finally an exercise I don’t suck at, and can do without whining.

Another seemingly innocent looking movement, that actually kicks my backside a lot. And I can feel it working a lot so I dig deep for it.

I finish off with slide wall squats, I also do these at home, using a foam roller on my back to allow me to slide down the wall. I’m getting better at it each time. Feels good to have 2 exercises I’m reasonably good at.

After all this, I’m done. Not just a bit tired, I’m flat out useless for anything afterwards, straight home, kettle on, PJ’s and heat therapy to ease pains off. Seriously love hot water bottles and heat packs so much so, my mum and mother in law both got me some for Christmas!! What could be better than the gift of pain relief??

Hoping it doesn’t take days to recover from this session, though I’m writing 12hrs later and I can tell you now, I am so much stiffer and sorer than before!! So I’m guessing I may need a rest day or two, before starting my homework physio continues.