Wednesday, September 18, 2013

3 months post hardware removal

Crazy how time flies!! It's been 3 llloooonnnnggggg months since I had my screws removed and my glute repaired. My medrol mess is pretty much under control. My glute is still painful and swells... A lot.... In an area posterior to my greater trochanter. My OS offered a cortisone injection, I am going to try to put it off for now. I started PT again yesterday. One of the PTs I have seen in the past is now working at a "boutique" private practice and charges an arm and a leg for visits. Since she is the "glute master" I am left with no choice but to pay out of pocket and see her. The plan is to see her every few weeks and be compliant with my exercises at home. She have me a few very very specific and targeted exercises that really work the area I feel won't fire, so hopefully this will be money very well spent. A far as the crutch situation goes, I am not using any indoors for the most part. Occasionally I will have too much pain and swelling and need one. Outdoors I use a crutch. I have tried not to and the results have been poor. I walked my daughter to a play date 1 block away on a day I was feeling good. I decided not to use my crutch. On my way home, I had to stop and rest on a scaffold bc I couldn't continue. 2 days ago I tried avian, 1 block away, but this time I rested once I got to the play date before turning around. Still not great. I guess I am not ready yet. My PT said to expect this I take 6-12 months (from the glute repair) to feel back to normal, or whatever normal will be for me.


colleen said...


Hi. I was just browing google searches for labral tears and found your blog. I am starting PT tomorrow for a possible tear in my hip. I had an MRI arthrogram but it was negative, however based on my symptoms my dr is still leaning towards a tear. I am a little more scared now seeing how many surgeries that you have had since this type of surgery is so new and the science/technique is still evolving. I currently do not have insurance and pt is treating me free of charge. I know, crazy. If it is a tear, with your knowledge as a professional in the field and as someone who had experienced this, is surgery worth it? I work in education. I would be on my feet all the time. I work in theatre and also choreograph and dance. It's been hard doing this now, but can PT help enough? Has the science evolved enough yet?

Could you let me know? I'm worried. I'm just starting out. I've read a lot about this being a long recovery no matter what process I decide. Thanks. Colleen.

Susie said...

Colleen, I always tell readers to understand that t situation is not the norm. You will be hard pressed to find another person with 4 failed scopes. It just doesn't happen. This was a fluke, or a freak accident. Plus, my left side was scoped once, 6 years ago, and is great. I think it really comes down to how much this interferes with your life. It's a very personal Decision but I would never tell anyone nt to have surgery based on my experience.