So much going on, so little time. I’m sorry I’ve been unable to update.
My right hip is fantastic. I have very little problem with it. Sometimes my right adductor gets a little tight, but nothing like it was. I’m not sure if it’s due to my therapies or what, but I’m not going to complain.
My left hip, on the other hand, sucks. I was worried this would happen. I’ve been doing MAT for over a month now and I’ve done a couple of Feldenkrais sessions. Both, I feel, are very beneficial and helpful to me right now, but I no longer think my left hip is compensating.
My left hip almost always hurts. Last week, a couple of nights while laying down for bed, it hurt so bad that I had to take some leftover surgery pain pills and ibuprofen. This is a huge thing for me because I hated taking the pain pills even after surgery. I hate taking ibuprofen, period. I finally just emailed my surgeon’s PA and asked her what she thought. I have my 6 month follow up in April (by then technically it will be about 8 months). She wants me to do X-Rays and a MRA (Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram, they inject dye into the joint and do a MRI) before my appointment so at least I’ll get some answers the day of instead of waiting a week.
The house hunting is on hold for now because of this. Originally I was going to put off surgery if I needed it until next year, but I seriously cannot take much more of this pain. I’m SO done with this hip stuff. My friend Jessica said, “Hey, at least you only have 2 hips.” That’s the bright side of it, I guess. I’m praying for it just being compensation, but I really don’t think that’s the case.
Pre-op photo taken from my blog about my right hip. The left bone structure looks virtually the same.
I’ve made some nutrition changes. I’ve started doing paleo, although it’s hard since I’m back and forth from house to house. I’m doing it to help rid my body of inflammation. I was talking to my MAT guy about it, and turns out he does paleo too. He said he feels great doing it. (He has had 2 hip labral tear surgeries and he’s a personal trainer, and very fit.) I trust he knows what he’s talking about too.
I have also started supplementing with Magnesium. I take “Natural Calm” and so far it seems to help with some muscle tightness. I was listening to a podcast that even if you eat a healthy diet, that most people (80% or so) are magnesium deficient. Our soil is so devoid of nutrients that even if you did eat healthy foods, then you still probably aren’t getting what you need. My sister in law has started taking it too and it has helped her rest better, her muscles are less tight, and I think it’s helped her restless leg at night.
I’ll continue to update as soon as I know more. Seems like a never ending story.