I will once again feel the rush of flying down a trail once I’ve climbed–heart pounding, lungs burning–up the mountain. Active healing is under way.
As mentioned in my previous post, I underwent hip arthroscopy this past Friday (like 2 days ago). It was along time coming. After a car accident last September, in which I was all sorts of twisted over Leif’s car seat in the back of my dad’s truck when the other vehicle collided with the bed of the truck, I started having pain in my neck, shoulders, low back, and hips. The hip pain really only showed up when I began to return to my normal activities –hiking, running, and the sorts. I started seeing a chiro and even went to my midwife thinking something was wrong with my baby birthing parts because my pelvis, groin, and hip were causing me so much pain. I saw a woman’s health PT which helped with some of the tightness in my pelvis area but did nothing to relieve my hip, groin, and back pain.
After months of no improvement with chiropractic, my chiro referred me to the acupuncturist up the road. She was amazing. I loved going to see her even when the acupuncture and prolotherapy were a bit intense. After 7 treatments with no change, she started to suspect we were missing something. She ordered an MRI/MRA which showed that I did have a torn labram in my right hip socket as well as extra bone growth the was limiting normal hip rotation (as she had suspected). The doctor explained to me that during the accident, my hips tried to rotate in a direction that was limited by my bones and the extra growth tore into my labram. Oh Yay! Not great but thankful to finally have had answers for my pain and a solution!
Bottom Left hand is a diagram of the extra bone I grew–um–way to go me?
Diagram of a hip labral tear–what happened during the car accident and what caused the onset of pain.
x-ray of my right hip–showing my irregular hip socket.
The Physicians Assistant’s drawing of my hip when explaining to me what was going on.
I’ve been talking to Dr. Krause, my acupuncturist/naturopath, about pre/post surgery diet and therapy. I’ll outline my plan below:
The Diet– Higher than normal protein, plant based, whole food, high omega-3, high anti-inflammatory
Upon Waking– Water, a kiwi for anti-inflammatory properties, coffee because its what keeps be happy and hopefully regular
Breakfast: Green Protein Smoothie:
Making Wellness Happen Here, folks.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup mixed frozen fruit (papaya, mango, berries, pineapple)
- 1-1/2 scoops of my healing mix I made–Sunwarrior Raw protein powder, spirulina, chia, cinnamon, nutmeg
- 1 TBLS Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate for Anti-inflammatory properties
- 2 large handfuls of mixed power greens (kale, arugula, and other powerful greens)
- 1/4-1/2 cup pineapple, kiwi, or papaya for anti-inflammatory
- Large Salad
- 5 cups greens
- I cup beans
- 1/2 avo or 1/4 cup walnuts
- mixed veg
- Sweet Potato or Squash with 1 TBLS Anti-imflammatory spice mix (turmeric, pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander)
- Fresh homemade juice
- green apple
- ginger root
- lemon juice
- dash of turmeric because I can’t find fresh this time of year
- 1-2 homemade healing bombs: dates, figs, chia, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon all processed into mush and formed into balls for a bomb of omega 3’s, iron, potassium, and anti-inflammatory goodness
- Curry or add 1 TBLS of spice mix to whatever dish
- whole grains–brown rice, quinoa, amaranth
- cup of beans or tofu
- small salad with seeds or nuts and balsamic vinager
Quite honestly, my pain has been very minimal. Of course I’m not bearing all my weight on my leg and using crutches to hobble around as directed by my doctor. Here are the drugs I am taking to keep my pain minimal and help with healing:
- Before stitching my incisions back up, the doctor injected my hip socket with morphine and cortisone. The effects of these drugs could last up to 2 weeks–making me feel a whole lot better than I should give that my bones were just shaved and cartilage removed. My right thigh is also numb from the drugs.
- oxycodene as needed. I’ve just taken this at night to help me sleep but don’t really feel it is necessary for pain management at this point. I hope to be totally down with it by tomorrow.
- 600 mg Ibuprofen 3 times per day to fight inflammation.
I also have some homeopathic pain management lined up for this week. It includes:
- Traumameel/Arnica gel
- Traumameel tablets
- Papaya enzyme tablets for anti-inflammatory
Having a very active 18 month old that is still nursing. Poor Leif doesn’t understand why mama can’t pick him up and walk around with him. The first night was rough. I couldn’t nurse because of the anesthesia in my system. He was pretty bummed about that. My aunt when out and got some vanilla and chocolate almond milk to give him as a treat to get through that first 24 hours of not being able to nurse. We decided it would be best if he spent the second night at my parents house. This was our first night away and it caused some tears on both sides but everyone did okay! My parents are great.
Engorgement and pumping issues: last night I realized that I had not nursed Leif in over a day and that my milk makers were rock hard and painful. I couldn’t get my pump to work at first (I have used it so infrequently that I forgot how to work it and I was kind of in a panic). I had to hand express which is pretty awkward but it helped and I was later able to get the pump to work once I had some relief and could think straight to trouble shoot the problem.
Constipation: This, as my readers know from my poop stories, is rarely an issue for me. I remembering reading about this being one of the hardest parts of people after this surgery. I suppose I am a lucky one because its been less than 48 hours since I woke from surgery and I have been able to go a little bit–but it was painful and quite scary. As I lesson my use of pain meds and the anesthesia leaves my system, I know this will get better. My diet is very high in fiber and the coffee is helping.
I’m super slow and it takes forever to do things: this is a blessing and a curse. I have time to write, read, and take care of myself…and dress up as a pirate.
David, our house mate, when I complained about how long it took me to get back across the street from visiting the neighbors told me to think of it as a practice in zen meditation. I’m used to running everywhere. I even run when I am cleaning the house…so to move slow is challenging for me! But David is right, going slow is good for me and I should really focus on the mindfulness that recovery demands. Dr. Brukner, knowing that the hardest part of recovery for me would be not doing too much, used scare tactics with me. He explained that if I tried to do too much too soon, I would end up with tendonitis in my hip flexor which would take about 18 months to recover from. I don’t know what gave him that impression. It may have been when I tapped my fingers together and said “challenge accepted” when he told me I couldn’t do anything that I can’t do on crutches for the next two weeks…or when I joked that I might try for a marathon next weekend while the morphine is still in my hip…
I have my follow up with Dr. Brukner on September 25th. We will discuss my exercise plan then and see how I am healing (which I plan to shock him with and give credit to my diet and self-care routine as well as my incredible community that is taking care of me, my kid, my dog, my goats and chickens, and my garden and making sure I eat healthy delicious healing foods).
I have acupuncture treatments already scheduled: 2/week for the first two weeks ( starting after the 25th) and 1/week for the following 4 weeks and will also be going to a PT that specializes in gait analysis and athletes and will help me get back into the grove of running while making sure my gait is normal. I should be able to get on the recumbent bike after the 25th and work towards the elliptical before easing into running in 3-4 months. Wouldn’t it be lovely to treat myself to a Christmas morning run?
Ready. Set. Heal!