It’s been a week since I saw the GP about my hands, and I’ll be honest the increased ibuprofen and ibuprofen gel hasn’t really made that much of a difference painwise. But maybe a week is too early to tell? So I will give it longer.
Wearing the splints help get things done but are cumbersome and irritating. But wearing the gloves at night are good, so that’s a win!!
Splints with weights are Interesting let’s say that. It’s hard while my hands are like this to actually hold weights, so in place of weights sometimes I use resistance bands instead.
Its not the weight itself I find difficult, more the grasp, it could be a pen at times and I simply can’t hold it. Frustrating to say the least.
So working the hip it is today, give the hands and shoulders a break. Though I’ve decided I’m staying away from any exercises that mean I have to lie on my operated side. It’s too dreadful for words.
- Hip Flexion ankle weight 15 reps x 2
- Hip abduction ankle weight 15 reps x 2
- Hip extension ankle weight 15 reps x 2
- Calf raises ankle weight 15 reps x 2
- Heel to butt ankle weight 15 reps x 2
- Mini squat 15 reps x 2
Not too much today, as joints are extremely lax this week. It’s the old Ehlers Danlos coming out to party, and by party I mean utter misery ball of pain.
I am loving the resistance band monster walking, I feel it really is targeting the weak muscles, and it tires them out pretty quickly.
So todays physio as knee isn’t too bad, is absolutely simplistic.
Monster walking (Red Band) 50 reps x
Step ups (No Band) but no stick 50 reps x 2
So little done, but my god it hurt my back (probably piriformis area) and my thighs in a muscle type way.
Caught up with the GP to discuss my hands and my inflammatory arthritis. And although it wasn’t what I wanted to hear (ie they can’t book in steroid injections) as the bone is destroyed over time, so it’s best to not get too many.
Instead the plan is to wear the splints more, the gloves every night. And take my 400mg ibuprofen every day up to 4 times a day, ideally 3 times a day and map how it affects the pain and mobility. Also to use ibuprofen gel, and keep up the exercises too. If they all still don’t help, to then go back and speak again on options for pain reduction, and stiffness.
Not what I thought would happen, but hell I will give anything a shot!! And obviously my trusty hot water bottle and wheat bags are always my trusty friends too.
Yesterday was Wednesday and I had my appointments for both OT (Occupational therapist) then closely followed by Hydrotherapy. It was brilliant to have on the same day, saves traveling and parking two separate days.
My first appointment was OT and I showed her my photo of my swollen knuckles, and explained the pain.
And she gave me some compression gloves to start wearing, whenever I feel like I need them. To gently compress and warm the hand joints.
Totally not attractive, I mean look at them!! But needs must. And I also need to make an appointment with the gp, to discuss steroids or effective pain relief.
So that was done, time for Hydro. And following the weeks walking adventures, I was already tired. But eager to workout as hard as I could too.
- Walk up down pool forwards x 3
- Walk up down pool sideways x 3
- Walk up down pool backwards x 3
- Hip flexion 20 reps x 2
- Hip abduction 20 reps x 2
- Hip extension 20 reps x 2
- Step ups forward 20 reps x 2
- Step up sideways 20 reps x 2
- Push float down core exercise 20 reps x 2
- Mini squats 20 reps x 2
That was honestly me done, I hobbled out exhausted but accomplished. Once home and dinner done, I promptly fell asleep again. It’s definitely wearing me out proper!!
When I first embarked on this journey 9th Jan I can honestly say I was not prepared. I thought I was but looking back now, I know my expectations were way off. I expected to be magically pain free, skipping up the mountains as others are.
Not me, even at halfway through I was beginning to think I couldn’t see a way out, it was never going to happen like it does for others. I was whiney I admit it.
But then just like that it’s started to fall into place. I find myself turning in bed with greater ease, though the pillow is still my friend.
I find walking unaided better around the house, but it still tires out quickly and that brings the limp and thigh pain.
As I said I’m still getting pain at times, from deep inside the thigh, or deep in the buttock, under an old scar. Groin pain occasionally flares up, or the golf ball swelling. And the scar sometimes stings or is itchy? No idea why though.
Stairs I hate hate hate, it pulls at my operated sides knee. But I’m getting up them better, as long as they have either 2 Bannisters or 1 I can hold and stick the other side.
Got myself a new Tee, I had too. It shows I have Custom Parts as my hip replacement is custom made. So I’ll be wearing this to the OT and Hydro appointments.