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My goals today and going forward — reduce need for pain medicine and increase activity.
With that said, trying to adhere to my discharge instructions — “weight bearing as tolerated” — has been difficult. How so? Everyone at the hospital, including my surgeon, made it sound like I would be sans crutches in 2 days.Three tops! Scouring the net, recovery accounts varied between no pain and couldn’t bear weight for weeks. It really came down to whatever the patient had done to their hip. And I have no clear answer as to what was done during my surgery. (Yes. Shocking, I know!)
Four days out from surgery and my pain is — for the most part — well controlled with the ice wrap and occasional pain pill. So naturally I wonder, Is it time to start ditching the crutches? Yet when I even try to put even a little weight on my scoped hip, I get leg spasms, hip and groin pain, and knee pain.
Am I just pushing too much too soon? Or do I limit crutch use for long walking stints — i.e. bathroom — and otherwise limp slowly around the house? Do I stop this “tough it out” mentality I have (a natural inclination to deal with pain via meditation vs. drugs) and stick to a regular pain medicine schedule so it stays in my system? Believe me, due to pain medication side effects, I will do whatever it takes to avoid one more day of round-the-clock pain medication.