Good morning Luvs! I’m feeling pretty hopeful today because tomorrow is a big day for me. I’m getting that hip procedure that I’ve been waiting about a month to get into. So what the heck is wrong with me?
As many of you know, I started experiencing some sharp hip pain starting about two months ago. However, it was only bad in the morning’s and usually two hours after I woke up it almost completely went away. So after about 5 weeks of that pain I decided it was time to go to physical therapy. I went to physical therapy with high hopes but the day after my session, I woke up in the worst pain I had had yet! From that point forward pain had not only jumped from about a 7 out of 10 just in the mornings, but now it was a 10 out of 10 and all day long. Every time I would move my hip a certain way a sharp shooting pain would shoot down my legs. It’s so bizarre though because sometimes when I move it certain ways doesn’t hurt at all but just one wrong move and it brings me to my knees. So I always limp now because I’m guarding my hip and bracing for the pain.
So once that unbearable pain all day long started happening, I went to see an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in hips. Up until this point I thought I had hip bursitis (something my mom has but is rare in young-er adults). But the orthopedic surgeon told me that I actually have an inflamed SI joint. So at that point he took an x-ray of my hips and also discovered that I have hip dysplasia (something you’re born with and s common in dogs! Ha! I knew Owen and I were alike). But the crazy thing is that the hip dysplasia isn’t causing me any pain right now. Or at least I don’t think it is. There’s a slight chance the SI joint pain and hip dysplasia are related. So the SI joint pain, is almost a blessing in disguise because now I can do physical therapy for the rest of my life to hopefully strengthen the muscles around my hip so I won’t have to get a hip replacement one day.
But back to what I’m going through now. The doctor told me I would need to get an S I joint block/injection. So after my appointment with him I called the place that dos the procedure every single day for a week and wasn’t able to get a hold of the scheduling person (the medical field can be very frustrating sometimes but man am I grateful for it!). So once I finally got a hold of someone a week later they were able to schedule my SI joint block for a couple weeks later (the wait felt like a year!). And that appointment is tomorrow! So as you can see I’m feeling pretty hopeful and optimistic today that the pain I’ve been living in for months will finally go away tomorrow!
And don’t get me wrong, I know people live with chronic pain for years – I do feel for those people! But also this isn’t just an ache in my hip, it’s a sharp sharp pain that brings me to my knees. The only thing I can compare it to is labor pain it’s so intense. When I went to PT yesterday we didn’t even do any exercises because I just broke down in tears my physical therapist. She ended up being my actual emotional therapist that day! Ha! I just couldn’t bear the idea of doing one more PT session and getting no results when I was in so much pain. I also think I must’ve been going through some sort of hormonal change because I literally couldn’t stop crying to her.
And speaking of hormonal change,s the doctor actually thinks that stopping breastfeeding could’ve triggered this pain. I started weaning about two months ago and completely stopped a month ago. He thinks the changes in my hormones could’ve tighten or loosened up the ligaments in my hip and cause this pain. Heck, if I had known that I would’ve breastfed her till she’s 5! Ha!
Anyway guys, wish me luck for tomorrow! It’s not surgery but it’s not just a Cortisone shot either. I have to fast beforehand and I went and got blood work the other day for it. It’s basically a long needle they insert into your hip under a CT Scan (to get it in the right place) and inject you with pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds. It’s not only for pain relief, but it’ a diagnostic test too. If it works we can be certain the pain is actually from my SI joint. I’ll have to take it easy for a few days (Hard to do with a one year old. Thank goodness for Kevin!) after but hopefully it works and I’ll be back to my old self!
And you know I’m not gonna let you guys go without telling you about my outfit! The floral dress I’m wearing is so gorgeous and only $55! It runs a big though so I would size down in this one. But it’s so beautiful and flattering. And I know some of you are going to wonder why am wearing heels. The crazy thing about my hip problem is that sometimes it feels better to walk in heels. I think it’s something about the way wearing heels tilts my pelvis forward. And the fringe heels I’m wearing are the absolute most comfortable pair I own! Details on the rest of my look below!
And P.S. Don’t let the smile on my face in these pics fool you, I was laughing half the time because I was falling to my knees in pain between pics! I also took my anti-inflammatory meds which help a ton!!!!