I am scheduled for an Arthrogram MRI this Friday on my hip (3 tears: labrum, hamstring ligament tear and small muscle tear). The insurance has denied the MRI approval until the doc gets them more detailed info. Oh yay, more insurance red tape!
The one Ortho doc (saw me for 4 months then referred me to his cohort because he doesn't do joint replacements) only did a basic no-dye MRI, twice. The new Ortho surgeon said I need the dye MRI to show more detail on the tears. He's mentioned possible full joint replacement or arthroscopy. So now it's a waiting game. And in the meantime the hip pain wakes me every single night and I can no longer take even 10 steps without the use of a cane or walker, because the pain with each step (inside the joint) has nearly caused my leg to buckle multiple times. I woke at 3 am today and between the hip socket pain and the Sacral (tailbone) sciatica pain, I never returned to sleep. I use tramadol, baclofen, and gabapentin, as well as a lidocaine Rx ointment, and it doesn't help, or is only a temporary few hours of relief.
In the meantime my Ortho neurosurgeon is still pressing me to have my cervical surgery (2016 & 2017 didn't heal-all pseudoarthrosis) and a few more new problems to deal with from C2-T3. I've had him on hold since October last year. I'm dreading what he's described doing, knowing the recovery will be much much longer and much more restricted, and wondering if I have it in me to get through it. I'm not 30-40 anymore, and each time I have surgery it's harder and harder on my body to recover. I don't bounce back anymore. Is waiting a good idea, knowing this is going to require my all to get through? I just don't know.
My body is definitely changing as each year passes, the pain increasing and the tolerance decreasing. If I hurt this bad at 57, I truly dread what 67 or older going to be like! I already know the more tramadol or gabapentin I use the worse my brain fog and ability to do things like paying bills or balancing a checkbook. I struggle focusing on one thing at a time, and I'm easily derailed to something else. I didn't use to be like this. Thanks Sjogrens & Fibromyalgia!
It's just a bad day I guess, and I needed to sound off. But I'll get through it like I always have. Thanks for listening! Hugs love & prayers for all! 🙂❤🙏🌼