Since I wrote last week, things had started out good. At my PT appointment Dan and I had angered the area on my right hip where he thought I had scar tissue. He thought it would calm down within 3 days and I went home with new a new stretch for my right hip and different strengthening exercises for both hips. I diligently did my exercises and continued walking and cycling. By day 3, I was not back to where I had been before that PT appointment. I didn’t feel terrible, but the tightness was still there just a bit worse than before. Also, on my left hip the bursitis was a little worse. I ached in a much larger area than before.
None if that was enough for me to really worry. I was hoping that I was just talking longer than expected to settle down. Dan had told me to call him if things weren’t going as expected. I considered calling him Monday or Tuesday morning but I didn’t think a little extra soreness warranted the phone call, so I carried on with my new exercises.
Tuesday afternoon I went for a bike ride. This was always the activity that made my hips feel the best. I had completed 4 rides of 45 minutes, so I graduated to an hour. Starting out I was aware of the tightness in my right hip. As I rode longer, the tightness went away and I felt great. I finished my ride at Log Boom Park downhill from my house, switched into flip flops and started my walk up the hill with my bike. As usual, the tightness returned as I ascended. The bursitis soreness in my left also got worse as I walked. Usually after I return home and rest for a little while, drinking the rest of my water bottle, my hips return to “normal.” This time both hips remained angry. It was bad enough that I iced both hips on and off for an hour that night and knew that I needed to talk to Dan.
Wednesday morning I called Dan. I wasn’t sure how that process would work. The only number I had was the one to schedule appointments. So I called the appointment number and asked for Dan, expecting to be told he was with a patient and he’d have to call me back. After a short wait, to my surprise I was actually talking to Dan. He assumed since I was calling that things weren’t going as he had expected. I told him about the extra pains I’d been experiencing and the lingering pain after cycling the night before. He told me to stop everything I’d been doing since our last appointment. He wanted me to rest for 3 days. No PT exercises, no walking, no cycling. That is not an easy thing for me. I enjoy being active. I’m also trying to lose a few pounds. Being on crutches for 8-10 weeks doesn’t do good things for the waistline. Stopping cardio doesn’t aid in this.
I knew that he was right though. I’m on rest day #3 today. Tomorrow I will walk or ride and see how I feel after. Dan also wants me to go back to just a few of the older exercises, specifically bridges lying on the floor on my back and sitting hamstring curls and kicks with the stretchy band in the door. He wants to get me back to where I was before the change in exercises. My body doesn’t seem to like the changes.
I am so discouraged. Up to this point, both of my recoveries have had upward trajectories. I always got better with some very minor issues. I don’t know what to do with backsliding. I don’t like just sitting around. I’m very anxious to test out my hips tomorrow. My best hope is that things will be fine and I can continue improving, but I fear that it won’t go well tomorrow. I fear that my right hip won’t improve. I have a lot of fears when it comes to my hips, including some future surgery. I’m so done with surgery. Just yesterday, I cleaned and put away my raised toilet seat and shower seat. I hope I never need them again, but I’m not so confident that I’ll get rid of them yet. They’ll stay in the guest room closet for a while longer.