Began my outpatient physical therapy yesterday. Their location is great, I can almost see the facility from my bedroom window. My therapist is very orthopedically experienced and I hope it will be a good match. I’m going twice this week, but will start going three days a week beginning Monday.
The leg has been feeling great. This surgery was 100 times easier than my last surgery (the FVFG). I’m only using one crutch outside, and when I’m home I use my cane or nothing at all. Sleeping has been difficult, but I assume it will get better with time. Thanks to the years of uneven legs and compensating with my left leg, I have some significant lower back issues which I’m looking forward to resolving. It actually hurts more than my operated leg, if you could believe that.
At this point I am very optimistic. I’m confident that I am in more control over my body now than I’ve been for a very long time, and it feels great.
Categories: Marines, Medical crutches, FVFG, hip, pain, physical therapy, sleep, surgery, THR, total hip arthroplasty, total hip replacement
A couple months ago I was feeling like crap every day and realized that I wasn’t sleeping very well. I was constantly being woken up by the pain in my hip. So I started taking 2 Percocets every night in an attempt to sleep better.
For a while things improved and I was able to get a solid couple hours of sleep per night, up until a couple weeks ago. I guess my body has gotten used to the Percocet and doesn’t react the same way anymore. Things have gone back to how they used to be. At this point I can’t even tell the difference between when I take the drugs and when I don’t.
So I’m giving up on trying to get a good night’s sleep.
Someone asked me the other day how it makes me feel knowing that I may never run again. I told him I’d be okay with it. All I really care about is being pain-free the rest of my life.