In my last post I mentioned I’ve been having a problem with my right hip for 3 or 4 weeks now. I have no idea what set it off, I joke woke up one morning with shooting pains every time I rotated it and an ominous and very loud clicking noise. I’ve never had a problem with this hip before and just carried on as normal and hoped it would go away. No such luck.
It’s now clicking several times a day and is really painful when I turn over in bed. It’s stiff as a board first thing in a morning and the rest of the day there’s a dull ache deep in the joint which radiates down my front thigh to my knee. It’s painful to walk or rotate my leg and hurts just sitting upright in bed. After 3 weeks the Sacro-illiac joint at the bottom of my spine is now also really painful and my left hip is starting to click. My entire pelvic region is seriously out of whack.
Usually when I sprain or strain a ligament I rest up, slather on some Ibuleve gel, and either buddy tape the joint or use a splint or brace to immobilize the area until it’s starting to heal. But I’ve never had a large joint injury before (well, apart from my SI joint when my physio ordered 3 weeks of total bed-rest and the wearing of an SI belt, which thankfully did the trick), and have no idea how to manage it.
I haven’t been doing much as I’ve been on stay-cation for a week and in any event I have M.E. and spend most of my day in bed. The only time I’ll be resting more is when I’m dead.
I was discharged from Physiotherapy last year as they’d done all they could for me, but the Physio was really nice so I thought it was worth a call to ask if she could offer me any advice. Sod’s Law, she was on holiday. The receptionist said she’d try to get one of the other physios to ring me, but that they were short staffed and really busy. Good job I didn’t hold my breath or I’d’ve died of oxygen deprivation.
My next port of call was my GP. The first appointment I could get was with some doctor I’d never heard of on 28th August (my own GP is also on holiday and then has a back-log so huge I probably won’t get to see her until 2015). So I thought “sod it” and made an emergency appointment, even though it’s not an emergency. But when I told my Mum she said the Doctor is really nasty if you see them for an emergency appointment and it’s not an emergency, and as I’m already feeling fragile and a bit tearful, I cancelled it.
I sat and cried for half an hour, then got my oomph back and rang and asked to speak to the Practice Manger. I told her the story and that I was worried I might actually dislocate the hip if it was left un-managed until I could see a GP in 3 weeks time and asked her what I should do. She agreed I needed some advice and said she’d get the Duty Doctor to call me this afternoon. Which, to give him his due, he did. This was the ensuing conversation:
“So, what’s the problem?”
I explain, saying I’d never had hip problems before, it was getting worse and I was concerned it would dislocate.
“Can you walk?”
“Yes, though it’s painful”
“Can you rotate it?”
“Yes, but it’s painful”
“Well the good news is it’s not dislocated”. Shit, this guy’s good.
“My concern is that as it’s getting worse it will dislocate”.
“It’s a large, stable joint and it would take considerable force to dislocate it, so I wouldn’t worry.” Which any EDSer knows is a blatant pile of crap. I have sub-luxed my shoulder and torn the ligaments just stretching too far across the bed for the TV remote. I have sub-luxed the most stable joint in the entire spine, and torn the ligaments, just by walking on some uneven ground. And I sub-lux my jaw in my sleep every night of my life.
“You need to take some painkillers”
“I’m allergic” This always stops them dead in their tracks, and you can physically hear their brain clogs whiring as they wonder what to suggest next.
“What do you usually do?” So, he’s asking me for advice. If I knew what to do you eejit, I wouldn’t be needing to speak to a Doctor.
“RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)”
“Well, I’d definitely try some ice and you need to rest more” Now why didn’t I think of that? No…….wait……. I already did and it isn’t bloody working. And I’m not sure it’s even physically possible to compress a hip-joint, especially not with a 1″ strip of Kinesio tape. And when I elevate my leg my hip hurts like a son-of-a-bitch.
“If it’s no better I’d be happy to see you at the surgery” If I could get a shagging appointment we wouldn’t be chatting on the phone mate.
“Super. Well, thanks for ringing Doctor”. Bye, you useless fuck-wit. And if, at any time in the future, my hip actually does dislocate I will sue your arse from here to outer-fucking-space! Not that I’m bitter about the day’s events in any way. Noooooooo 😉