Lymphatic Overload

I woke up Wednesday feeling like I had run a marathon or been hit by a bus!  I went to PT that morning and my PT said I was very ‘boggy’.  She said I had fluid EVERYWHERE.  She tried to do some lymphatic massage, but she was afraid to treat me otherwise.  She didn’t want to do any dry needling or anything else because my system was already overloaded!  She called in a favor from her massage therapist.  Unfortunately her friend was out of town, but she was able to give me a name of another massage therapist.  I was able to get in to see her that evening.  It was the weirdest thing I have ever experienced, but it ended up being wicked beneficial.

My PT warned me that it is a unique experience, but it was definitely more extreme than I anticipated.  She described it as Kebler elves doing a very gentle massage.  Which is very true….but it is the gentlest touch ever along the lymphatic system with two fingers.

I’m glad I was able to get in because we left for vacation two days later and I had no remaining lymphatic symptoms.

Update

Today was day 6 of my prednisone taper!!

On Saturday I mowed my lawn….I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry.  After I mowed I was so miserable.  I then went up to my parents to help my mom make my nephews birthday cake.  When we were done I fell asleep on their couch with an ice pack.  I came home ate dinner and chilled on the couch.

Sunday was my nephews birthday party.  I felt a little better.  I think that the prednisone, turmeric, ice, and compression shorts may be helping.

Today was PT.   I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…I love my PT.  She truly cares.  She has been researching since last week to figure out if there is anything else she can try to help.  She is still mentally planning that I will have to have to have surgery….just because if I don’t that will be a blessing.  She still thinks it’s a 50/50 shot.  She really worked on my QL today and needled a bunch.  She’s thinking outside the box!

I told her I don’t want her to get complacent!!!

More to come….

Debbie Downer

I am having an emotional day!  Typically when ‘something happens’ my PT has time to mentally prepare me before she hits the ‘panic button.’  This time that didn’t happen.  She took one look at me Monday and called my surgeon immediately.  Monday I couldn’t grasp what was going on.  I have been through 5 surgeries in 2 years and I really thought I was close to being done with all this hip drama.

I saw my wonderful surgeon this morning.  He doesn’t know what’s going on, but we have a plan.  He prescribed a steroid taper.  I am to call the office after the steroid taper if the pain hasn’t gone away.  If that happens we’ll do a local injection (I have already had 3 steroid injections into the joint in the last 6 months).  He really tried to improve my outlook, but I’ll be really honest…..I’m panicking!  I have been off 9 months in the last 2 years…..I can’t do this again!  He said that the steroid taper has a 50/50 chance of working.  I’m scared.

My PT worked on me this afternoon.  I was more swollen today than I was Monday….not good! She spent time with me trying to reassure me.  Today was a day that reality hit.  This ‘set-back’ has hit me harder than any of my others!  More than the revision, more than both hernias, more than the right side!  I am so done.  I put my brace, crutches, and ice machines in storage!

More to come when I have news.

6+ months

I’m almost 7 months post-op  from my hip surgery (210 days post hip, 103 post hernia).

I’d been doing fairly well and we’d been progressing slowly until the last 10 days or so.  My PT had been on vacation and today was my first session back with her in two weeks.  She was in one of the clinic rooms with the curtain pulled when I got to the clinic today.  She heard me talking to one of the aides and could tell by the tone of my voice that something was wrong.  She walked out of the room and asked if we needed to hit the panic button.  I just laughed because I didn’t know how she knew!  She just had a feeling.  So she re-evaled me and was concerned.  I was super swollen, had lateral and groin pain with pinching with internal rotation.  She did some soft tissue work and then dry needled.  Then she packed me in ice.  She said that she was going to call my surgeon.

It’s now 8:15pm and she’s left him a message and said she’d email him later this evening after she gets the kids to sleep!

Fingers are crossed nothing happened and I don’t need the dreaded “R” word (revision).

UPDATE: My PT spoke with my surgeon today.  I’m seeing him tomorrow morning at 7:15am!!!