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    gatorsmom is offline Pink Diamond level (15,000+ posts)
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    Default Selfish whine- I知 tired of being in pain

    I broke my ankle and needed emergency surgery back in September. I couldn’t walk on it for 7 weeks and basically laid around in bed healing. It hurt to stand for too long when my ankle was healing because the blood would pool in my leg and throb. So it was just easier to stay in bed. Dh and the kids brought my meals to me in bed. But staying in bed left me very deconditioned. No one warned me about that. Once I was given the ok to walk and do physical therapy, well, it was the Christmas season and I overdid it. Limping around with that awful black boot on and pushing myself to prep the house for Christmas strained my lower back and hip. And then twice in December I did a couple of things that really hurt my hip even more. Now I have more pain in my hip than I do my ankle. I’m limping now but putting the weight on my recently healed ankle because my hip hurts so bad. The doctor I saw 2 days ago said he thinks I have bursitis but I feel pain in my right sacroiliac joint as well. It hurts to turn my hip a certain way, it hurts to sit, it hurts to go down the steps, and some of my yoga moves bring on pain so bad it takes my breath away.

    I wanted so bad to be done with the ankle pain but now find myself unable to do much because of my lower back/ hip pain. Almost all of Christmas break has been such a disappointment because of the constant pain. I didn’t enjoy most of it. I wanted to play games with my kids and enjoy our new board games but I just can’t get comfortable. I’m grumpy and impatient with my kids. I started the pain meds but they make me loopy and I have a hard time concentrating. I just want it to be healed and done with it.

    Ok, whine over.
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    Whine away!! That totally sucks, I'm so sorry.
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    I知 sorry - this sounds terrible! You have a swimming pool that can be winterized, don稚 you? I would lobby hard to set it up to use. It would probably be great for impact free stretching and moving. I hope you feel better soon. I知 sure the long dark days of winter aren稚 helping!

    eta: have you consulted a chiropractor? When pregnant with DS, by my eighth month I could barely walk. Turns out my pelvis was out of alignment. One treatment and I was on the mend. It hurt just as much at first to move but with in a week I was out of pain. I realized then it had been gradually getting worse. My first 都ymptom had been pain when putting on my underwear! I couldn稚 step in to underpants without pain way before I was even showing and after the re-alignment I could step in with no pain up to delivery!
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    Whining and grumpiness are well deserved! I have had sacroiliac joint pain on and off for many years, and it HURTS! As does bursitis, not to mention your initial injury/surgery. Very frustrating. Hope you start to see some improvement.


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    Oh noooo that totally stinks and you have every right to whine. Sorry!
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    Oh I'm so sorry. I hate seeing anyone suffer in this kind of pain!

    Please ignore this if this is not helpful but can you find a way to numb the pain through an epidural or its equivalent? This worked for my mom's back pain (which was very different admittedly!). It goes to my theory of joint/muscle/nerve pain. I have also had some sports/exercise injuries over the years. My theory is, (unless it will cause some damage!), kill the pain and then try to move as normally as possible. I really feel like I can get other kinds of injuries when I try to move differently to accommodate my pain. My usual strategy, which probably won't work for you, is to take a big dose of ibuprofen for a day or two. It helps me heal up much quicker. For my mom, she had back pain, got an epidural, and even when it wore off several months later, she no longer had pain. The doctor surmised that it works because she was reacting to the initial pain which caused her to move, sit, etc. differently and caused a kind of a cycle of pain!

    Maybe something to discuss with your doctor? I REALLY hope you feel better. Keep us updated!

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    That sounds miserable. I hope you are able to figure out how to make the pain get better.


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    Being in constant pain is very real and you have every right to complain. My sister had such severe abdominal pain she had to be on fentanyl and could barely function. Thankfully a doctor found the cause and a surgery greatly improved her pain so she could get off narcotics. I hope things improve for you soon!

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    Thank you so much to everyone who offered support. It痴 surprising to me how constant pain can affect your mood, how clearly you can think, and how you view things. I値l try to remember that the next time an older person is grumpy toward me or my kids.

    As a small update, I saw my physical therapist this morning and she did a lot of probing around that problem spot on my hipbone. She doesn稚 think I have bursitis but instead severe tendonitis in the tendons that connect my hamstring muscles to my hipbone. She thinks that when they spasm they hit the sciatic nerve and cause the shooting pain. She tried several different exercises and stretches to confirm her suspicion and I think she痴 right. The good news is, that with yoga, stretching, using a foam roller and walking slowly on the treadmill I can get better quickly. Apparently my uneven gait is the problem. I知 overworking the sore muscles and tendons and throwing off my SI joint. I need to build up strength in my other leg (the one that had surgery). She guesses that I値l be no longer needing the pain meds in 10-14 days. It痴 such a relief to hear!
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    That's a great update.

    I do wonder if swimming would be more helpful than walking? You would still build strength without weight-bearing. Just a suggestion!

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