Cupping

Today marks 60 days until surgery.  I honestly am not sure I’m going to make it 2 months!  My hip is getting worse by the day and  I am having at least one (if not 2-3) episode of instability during abduction or pivoting.

I was at my breaking point at PT this morning.  We think that my body is revolting because it has been in constant pain for 2+ years.  Everything hurts and is tight.  At PT I always start with 2 hot packs- one on my neck and one on my back.  My PT typically starts with my neck and works her way down.  Today my neck/shoulders were super tight so she starting working on it.  She tried everything…manual therapy, needling, and CUPPING.  Cupping is a new therapy to me….I think I was the first patient she tried it on.  Since needling wasn’t working….she tried one cup on each shoulder.  I do think it helped.

As she worked her way down she decided to try cupping my my back too.  She started on one hip and continued adding cups until she was on the other hip.  I think it was a total of 6 cups.  She only left them on 2-3 minutes.  Cupping wasn’t painful, I’d classify it as uncomfortable…nothing too terrible.  I would do it again if it works.

Basically….at this point, I’m open to anything that will help me get through the next 60 days!

My day in Columbus

This has been a hard week.  I have spent a lot of time on the phone with the doctors office and insurance company.  We had all of my appointments set up for today.  I was supposed to spend the entire day in Columbus with my CT at 9:30am, MRA at 12:30pm, and appointment with surgeon at 4:30pm.  I found out Tuesday that my insurance company would not cover the MRA at the location I was scheduled.  I lost it….this was the last straw in my hip drama….I am so over it all and want it to be over.  I didn’t need another hurdle to jump over.  I ended up shutting my door in my office and crying!

I was able to pull some strings and get an MRA scheduled last minute yesterday at the hospital I work at!  I had my CT this morning and then had the rest of the day to figure out what to do….I had 7 hours to kill.  I ran around to many different stores today.

The day seemed to drag on forever….I just wanted to see Dr. Ellis and get some answers.  Dr. Ellis was running late, but Dave (his PT) came in to see me and talk through my symptoms and move my leg around.  I wasn’t on his schedule, but he heard me and wanted to check in.  He felt like my symptoms were coming from the joint, but he was interested to hear what Dr. Ellis thought.  I was Dr. Ellis’ last patient of the day.  He opened my door and had me come out to see my images.  We looked at my MRI and CT images and then we went back into my exam room so he could move my leg around.  After he moved my leg around we went back out to look at the images again.  He came to the conclusion that he thinks my capsule is torn and potentially my labrum too.  He also wants to resect my AIIS some more too.  So, basically he wants to re-scope my hip.

This will be my 4th time off work, so I have too be responsible and wait until the October due to some responsibilities at work.

3 weeks/11 weeks

3 weeks post op hernia repair & 11 weeks post op hip revision

This has been a week of me trying to gain some endurance in preparation to return to work next week.  On Tuesday it hit 75 degrees in Ohio, so I picked up my 3 1/2 year old nephew from daycare and we went to the zoo for a few hours.  We had a good time and it was good to get out and enjoy the weather.  After walking around the zoo my butt hurt so badly.  My glutes are being used because I don’t have the strength in my other muscles yet!

Today at PT was interesting!  I started out on the bike for 8 minutes.  Then we dry needled my glutes (I have never wanted someone to stick a needle in my butt so badly!) and quad.  After needling we went out the gym to check my back and pelvis….surprise surprise I was a hot mess!  This created a challenge because the typical way to correct this couldn’t be done because of my hip/hernia surgery.  My PT was able to creatively fix it!  Yay.

Next my PT decided that since we weren’t “technically” allowed to start rehab until 4 weeks that she was going to “passively aggressively” rehab me.  So, she worked my shoulders with the body blade, punch-outs, rows, and other monotonous exercises until I was unable to move my arms.  I was exhausted!!!  Last thing was ICE!  My favorite.

After PT I had to go by work for a few hours and by the time I got home I was exhausted….next week is definitely going to be a challenge!  I have to be very cautious not to overdo it!!!