Hip Arthroscopy: Day 13 Post-Op

The last few days have been up and down.  I woke up on Day 10 feeling nauseous, though I’m not sure if it was all the meds catching up to me or something I ate recently.  Either way, that morning was not fun.  I took the nausea medicine I was given on surgery day for the first time, and also drank a large glass of prune juice (which may have been too much).  By late morning, the issue was resolved, though I was more tired than normal for the rest of the day.

I was surprised that my hip has been more sore over the last few days than it has been since the surgery.  I have been cutting back on the pain medication (down to 2-3 Percocets per day) which may have something to do with it.  As a result, I fell into one of those moods where you wonder how you’ll ever feel back to normal.  I expected this, based on most people’s experience with just about any injury, and was lucky to have people around to talk me out of it.  Gotta keep a positive attitude and know that it WILL get better!

Other notes from the first two weeks:

  • Prune juice really does seem to work with bowel-related side effects of pain killers, and I highly recommend it.
  • It’s amazing, after only two weeks of inactivity, how quickly I get tired when doing things out of the house.
  • When going out, I find the most important thing is to sit in a chair that you won’t slide in.  Since I can’t flex my hip at 90 degrees or further, I have to slouch somewhat.  When sitting on a slippery seat (such as a smooth booth at a restaurant), it becomes necessary to actively prevent yourself from sliding forward.  This gets old pretty fast, thus my desire to find a seat I won’t slide on.

Are you recovering from surgery for FAI or a torn labrum, or considering it?  I’d love to hear how you’re doing – feel free to post a comment or question below!

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