Unfortunately, I had to have a hip bone graft during my Anterior 3 level fusion cervical Fusion (w/instrumentation) on the 17th of July. I have to say if it wasn't for the bone graft I think my recovery would have been much easier. It's almost unbelievable the level of pain I'm feeling with it.
Plus, on Friday in my usual clumsy manner I took a fall in my bathroom. Lucky, I was wearing my neck brace, so I don't think my neck was affected at all, but I came down and my left hip it the side of the bathtub! As if it wasn't hurting already!!
I think the reality is since we are braced post surgery it's so less likely to look down and tripping is more easy to happen - at least in my clumsy case (that's the way I justify falling) - LOL!
The next day I felt the whole body soreness a person feels after a fall, but again my neck just felt like the normal healing still going on - which I have to say Anterior is GREAT as far as HEALING goes. But, my hip hurts so dang bad, it sticks out noticeably compared to my right hip and today when I laid down for my nap the aching felt DEEP into the bone.
My Doctor and his PA said I'm likely to feel MORE pain from the bone graft than from the neck and it could go on a long time. But, this is ridiculous!
I had a bone graft with my lumbar fusion (same hip) and I don't recall the pain being THIS bad.
- Is it because I had a previous bone graft to that hip the pain is so bad?
- Not that I'm doubting my surgeon - but is normal to take from the hip when it's necessary? I just wish it was my right hip this time.
- How long could I be looking at this level of pain?
- Are their activities/exercises that help with the pain?
Thanks in advance.