Sunday, August 26, 2007

Psychotic Psoas

Need I say more. I woke up this morning with an awful tightness in the front of my left hip. I couldn't take large steps, and when I would try, it felt like a bungee cord inside, pulling me back. Since doing nothing the day before clearly didn't help, I decided to do some walking. It helped. Not completely though, but it helped. When I lie down, I cannot get into a full FABER position (lying on your back, one leg straight, other one bent with the ankle resting just above the knee of the other leg, try to bring knee to the ground), so I am lacking anterior translation of the femoral head. P will have to figure something out tomorrow to fix this!!

Today is the definitive sign that no amount of pain, limp or discomfort will stand in my way, or maybe it is the definitive sign that I am an idiot. You be the judge! When I was in college, a bunch of us went out to a bar/ pool hall/ arcade etc for the night. My friend and I discovered a fun arcade game called Dance Dance Revolution, the explanation of DDR from wikipedia is as follows: "In Dance Dance Revolution, a player must move his or her feet to a set pattern, stepping in time to the general rhythm or beat of a song. During normal gameplay, arrows scroll upwards from the bottom of the screen and pass over stationary, transparent arrows near the top (referred to as the "guide arrows" or "receptors"). When the scrolling arrows overlap the stationary ones, the player must step on the corresponding arrows on the dance platform."

Since our initial DDR day, my friend and I have grown and matured, and gone on to have 2 children each. today, we took the kids to an amusement park, which happened to have an arcade, which happened to have DDR. We had to play.

We dumped the kids with the husbands and played, and played, and played, until we were both dripping sweat and I was limping! But we had a blast!! The good thing is that other than the psoas trouble, the left hip handled the jumping like a star, no joint pain, no soreness, right was sore though. But we had a blast! I think this is a good sign, P always jokes that 'next time', we will start plyometrics, which would be some jumping and landing...and I laugh at the absurdity. But today, I did it!!!

I am really happy with my left hip right now, I know I am in pain from the psoas, but if I were to judge the success of the surgery now, I would say A+! And DDR helped to prove this!


Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Very impressive that the hips handled DDR!

Good luck with your injection tomorrow - hopefully pain relief is coming your way!

Jess said...

Hi Susie,
Well done with the dancing, hope you didn't regret it afterwards!
I'm thinking maybe my left hip prob is the Psoas after reading your description, I could be reading about me! Would it cause pinching with flexion also or just the pulling with extension? My hubby reckons I should be walking round in circles if I take steps shorter on one side than the other lol glad I'm not going nuts :-) Good luck with your injection, I hope it brings you much relief!