I’m Running! Sort of…

It’s been harder for me to update lately since life has been so busy.  I know, I say it all the time.

 

I still haven’t found a house.  There have been a couple of offers put in, but nothing.  I’m hoping there will be some good ones come up in the area I want soon.

 

I have actually tried running and it hasn’t gone badly.  I’m really surprised, although I’ve been taking it super slow and safe.  I’m doing the couch to 5k, but in a very slow fashion.  My operated hip has been doing wonderful,  I don’t notice it.  The other one has been giving me trouble intermittently, but I believe that Feldenkrais has helped me immensely.  I quit MAT a few weeks ago.  It was getting expensive and I felt I was getting more benefits from Feldenkrais.

 

Even though life has been so hectic, I am so happy I have been able to workout and begin running.  I feel like my old self again.  For the past 2 years or longer since my injury and through my surgery, it has been depressing.  Some of it was contributed to relationships I chose to have in my life, a lot of it was due to me being nice and trying not to hurt feelings.  Sometimes you don’t realize you’re miserable, until you’re not anymore.

I’m ready to get back into running 100% and hopefully not have to have surgery on my other hip.  September 2014 will be 1 year since my surgery, and I have come SO far, it’s amazing.  If you’re looking to have this surgery, it’s worth it.  Just find the right surgeon and do your research.

Also, I’ve still been doing paleo for about 3 months now.  It has definitely made a difference in how I look and feel mentally & physically.  I hope to continue to follow the paleo lifestyle 80/20, as it’s been working so far!

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Other Hip Update

I’m a bit late on this update, a week late to be exact.

I went to see Dr. Nho in Chicago for my 6 month post op (technically I’m at 8 months now.)  My right hip is really doing great, I don’t even think about it anymore.  My left one (the non-operated hip) has been aching and giving me fits intermittently so I had a MRA done while I was up there.

Unfortunately things weren’t clear cut and my surgeon isn’t knife happy, so he doesn’t want to do surgery unless my pain interferes with my work and everyday activity.  It’s not that bad… yet.  The MRA showed a probable partial tear on the left, but nothing big.  My bone structure is the same on the left as right, so he said there could be some impingement going on.  He did a physical exam on my left hip, twisting & moving it in all sorts of ways.  It produced no pain.  I did receive some numbing medicine along with the dye in my joint, so he doesn’t know if that’s what was effecting it or if I just didn’t have any pain.

Basically, I may or may not have to have surgery on the left hip.  At this point in time, it’s a no.  He said he wants me to continue to strengthen my core and glutes, and if something hurts me don’t do it.

I don’t know if it’s psychosomatic, but this past week I’ve felt really good.  Who knows how long it will last?  I’ve also decided I’m going to try running soon.  My Feldenkrais instructor thinks I will be fine with running, she’s an ultra-marathoner so I trust her judgment.  I figured if I’m going to hurt anyway, I might as well hurt doing what I love.  I will ease into it of course, but I’m excited about it.  I haven’t ran in TWO YEARS.

I had a dream last night that I ran a 5k.  It was a very vivid dream.  I was running against 2 elementary kids and I had this life raft around my neck that was weighing me down.  I finally got rid of it and then the wind was blowing against me, so I was having to claw at the ground ever so often to propel myself forward.  I ended up winning the race, running at a 5 minute pace.  That’s a dream in itself.  Even in my tip top shape there would be no way that would happen.  It was a great dream and I think there’s no need for interpretation there.  I’m ready to move forward and all these things that have been weighing me down need to get lost so I can do so.

I’ve also continued my house hunt. While it is stressful, it’s exciting.

I read a really interesting article the other day, here it is for your viewing pleasure:
Two Year Long Study: Minimalist shoe and increase arch height.

OH and I’ve also failed miserably at the 100 Happy Days thingie, so here are some random pictures of my happiness.
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1 Month Paleo and More..

Well so far I’ve been living a paleo lifestyle for 1 month now. It’s getting easier to maneuver with my food and planning. I honestly haven’t noticed a lot of joint pain decreasing or anything, but I’m also still eating tomatoes and nightshades. I’ve read that you have to eliminate those for awhile too if you have joint and muscle pain. I’m not sure if I can give up tomatoes just yet. I eat them in almost every meal.

I do feel better though. TMI: My bowel movements haven’t been this regular in awhile. I have more energy. I don’t crave sweets or bread nearly as much as I used to. I’ve lost weight and I don’t feel as bloated. I think it can only go up from here.

I know I haven’t talked about it lately, but I am still doing my Feldenkrais and Muscle Activation Technique weekly. I’m still having hip and QL pain, but not to the extent that I was. I’m not sure if it’s because these two things are working, or if it’s because my MAT guy took away pretty much every exercise that I was doing. I wonder if I start doing my strength stuff again if all the pain will come back?

Either way in 2 weeks I will find out if I have a labral tear in my other hip. I’m hoping for the best, but I’ve been through this once and I think I have the strength to do it again if I need to.

There’s a website that has started this thing called 100 Happy Days. I figure it wouldn’t hurt to do it, to remind me how good I do have it and what I am thankful for, and what makes me happy. I decided to post it weekly on here since I have this blog and all. My pictures are in no particular order on what makes me the happiest.  I’ll start posting next week.

 

Here We Go Again

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.

 

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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.

First “real” Paleo Meal.  Hamburger w/onions, Sweet potato wedges and Roasted Brussel Sprouts in Coconut Oil. Yum!
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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.

What’s Next?

I hate to say that I was a little naive about this surgery, even though I researched close to 2 years about it.  I mistakingly thought that most of my issues would be solved by the surgery and then I could start back to running at around 3 months.

It’s almost 5 months post op and I can’t even begin to think about running.  I’ve been struggling to find answers about my muscle imbalances and ways to fix them.  They are causing me a whole different kind of pain & discomfort, which I’m afraid is from the years of compensation for my tear.

My joint pain is gone, that much I am relieved about.  I am able to aqua jog, which is not the same as running and I look like an idiot doing it, but it has benefits.

My issues currently are my tight (right op side) adductors.  My (left) QL, SI joint, TFL, and IT band are almost always tight and hurting.  I feel like my SI joint slips in and out way too easily.  I strengthen, I do core work, I foam roll and roll on a lacrosse ball, but something isn’t activating.

I’m going to be trying two new things in the next couple of weeks.

The first thing is MAT or “Muscle Activation Technique”.  You can read about it here, if you are interested.  I’m afraid some of my muscles have shut down, making the stronger ones stronger and the weaker ones, weak and tight.  I actually don’t have to travel far to get this.

The second this is Bodywork.  I contacted Erik Dalton who is also in OKC, but is booked way past April.  He referred me to someone else that is good and hopefully I can see her soon.  To learn more about bodywork, you can click here.

I’ll update and tell you whether either of these things are working for me. I feel as if I can just get my pelvis stabilized just a little bit more, then I can really focus on running and getting my cardio fitness back.

Frustrating, but things could be worse.

Here’s something that I cannot get enough of… it makes me smile every time.

 

I’m a Graduate! (and other news)

It’s been busy in my world.

 

1. I have graduated from physical therapy.  I’m unsure about my gait and I still can’t quite figure my body out.  My pelvis and SI joint slips in and out too easily, I feel like.  Apparently this happens to women a lot.  Dang my woman body.  I had gone as far as I could with my PT and I will continue to try and figure out the rest of my issues on my own.  I still have a lot of strengthening and work to do on my glutes and muscles surrounding the hip.  I’m consistent with my strength training and I know it’s working, but I spent many years with different compensations for my labral tear.   Research research research.   The story of my life.

 

2. I have been pre-approved for a house, so I am now looking!  It’s so exciting!  It’s a big step and commitment, but I know in my heart that it’s the right decision for me.  I am so ready to be settled and back in OKC where my job and friends are.  Not that I won’t miss my family & friends down here, but Dexter and I are ready to have our own space.

 

3. Paleo/Primal.  You’ll be hearing me talk more about this in coming blogs.  I notice that after I eat certain foods, my body responds to it in a negative way.  The other day I ate a chicken sandwich at work, and it was on wheat bread.  About 30 minutes after I was done, I got heart palpitations & I felt instantly drained.  Sometimes that happens after I eat wheat, but only certain brands.  This cannot be a good thing.  Also, after eating other types of food including wheat, I notice my muscles ache more and my joints are in more pain.  I do not know if this is all psychosomatic, but I have been reading about gluten intolerances and inflammatory foods, and I believe I may have either a sensitivity or something to the effect.  I hate to jump on the gluten free train, but I don’t want to substitute with other crap carbs.  I would prefer go whole/real foods in substitution.  Like I said, I will post about it later as it is next to impossible for me to start this lifestyle while living 3 days here and 2 days there and then 2 days over there.  No way, not going to happen until I am settled down.

 

I look forward to 2014.  2013 kind of sucked, to be honest.

I’m happy once again and apparently it shows on my face.

I’m looking forward and I pray that this year I can begin running again, all the while listening to my body.

 

Happy New Year!

Unstable Strength (Post Op 4 Months)

Technically I won’t be 4 months post op until this Thursday, but I figured I might as well update.

I feel strong, or at least that I’m getting stronger.  All the exercises I’ve been doing for my PT has really helped my glutes and hips.

I feel unstable.  How can you feel strong, but unstable?  Well I can.  I feel like my pelvis and SI joint pop in and out with too much ease. Only on my left side though (my good side).  My right side actually feels wonderful and I don’t think about it too much.  Every now and then after work or being on my feet, I can feel the swelling begin and sometimes my adductors get tight, but other than that, it was nothing like before.

I think maybe with continuing doing my core stuff will make my SI joint more stable, at least that’s what I’m hoping.

If anyone is curious, this is what I’m doing as far as my exercises go:

– 20 minutes on stationary bike or 15 minutes elliptical
– Foam roller (mainly both adductors and TFL/IT band, sometimes quads)
– Stretches (quads, adductors, hamstring, TFL/IT band)
– Quadruped (
On hands and knees rocking back & forth into child’s pose x 20)
– Hip Triangles 4 lb weights on ankles *leg straight *leg bent 2 sets of 10 (I tried to find a video or picture on the internet, but couldn’t find one.)
– Hip Extension 4 lb weights on ankles 2 sets of 10
– Balance board squats, 2 sets of 10
– Wall squats with exercise ball, 2 sets of 15
– Bridges with exercise ball, 2 sets of 20 (this burns!)
– Planks (various times, how many I feel like.)
– Reverse lunges, 2 sets of 10
– Walking Lunges with medicine ball
– Stool scoots with resistance (At PT only)
– Ball rebounder with foam wobble pad 3 sets of 10 (PT only)

Thrilling isn’t it?

Eventually I think I’ll figure my muscles out.  My pelvis definitely does not feel stable enough to try and start running yet.  I’m not ready and neither are my joints.