HIP LABRAL TEAR, NATURAL TREATMENTS
Not being able to walk and being in awkward positions when sitting or sleeping aggravated my groin even further. The metatarsal did heal well and I was finally able to be rid of the boot. But the top of my foot was now another pain issue diagnosed as traumatic arthritis. Limping and in pain I was ready to see an orthopedic doctor. If I at least knew what the groin pain was, maybe I could better deal with it.
So the beginning of December, in much pain, I hobbled into PT. It was a good move. The therapist treating me had to deal with my foot and groin area separately. Loosening up and getting strength back in my foot required one set of treatments/exercises and addressing my groin pain another. At this point, I was still unable to drive my car. For the next couple months I went 3 times a week, then two, finally once and was discharged the middle of March. My foot was greatly improved, my groin pain seemed to be on the mend and I was driving again. But to my disappointment, it wasn't over.
Within a couple months the groin pain was fierce and frequent again. My research on line led me to believe it could be related to muscles in my buttock area which were really knotted up when I first started PT. By the middle of May, I was back in PT, 2 times per week. Exercises and deep muscle massages were the course of action. It truly seemed to be helping along with my keeping up exercising at home. I had become a little more active with short walks and by the middle of August, I was again discharged. Hoping to see continued improvement, I was optimistic.
But throughout Autumn I was never completely free from pain, especially when overdoing things around the house, and still experienced intense bouts from time to time. By now, I was getting quite discouraged with the pain and restrictions it put on my life. Pain killers and anti inflammatory meds were not something I chose to use so it was time for me to try a TENS unit. In December 2017, I bought a very inexpensive one, was impressed that it helped relieve pain and bought a better one in January 2018 Endurance Therapeutics Aurawave TENS Unit Also at this time, Pure Encapsulations - Magnesium (Glycinate)4 times per day was added to my supplement regiment. That was a great find in eliminating muscle cramps! The glycinate is a form which doesn't upset the GI tract. Again, it was something I learned on my own and realized the amount of magnesium I was previously taking just wasn't enough for me. At no time did any health care professional I had seen recommend supplements or a TENS unit for relief. So much for traditional medicine! After a couple months I saw something more convenient than a TENS unit to use when out walking, shopping, etc., and in April purchased a Quell Wearable Pain Reliefunit. It approaches relieving pain all over the body by wearing a cuff around just one calf. This was easier, did offer relief and became my "security blanket". But please note that the signals from these devices can interfere with the normal operation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). It is best to consult with your physician if you have any kind of implants.
But why wasn't I rid of this pain? Was it caused by something that wasn't being addressed? Without (and sometimes with) the TENS or Quell units, I still experienced some awful periods of pain. So in July I went back to my GP and hoped for an answer. After another exam, he felt it could be a nerve issue and ordered an MRI. Maybe now, I might finally be correctly diagnosed. To my dismay, there was a diagnosis I had not been anticipating. Moderate to severe arthritis of my left hip along with a torn labrum/cartilage, not nerve or muscle damage, was my problem. The GP said it would be up to me how I wanted to proceed because he knew my stand on medications and orthopedic procedures. Feeling very depressed, I pulled out my copy of The Arthritis Cure: The Medical Miracle That Can Halt, Reverse, And May Even Cure Osteoarthritis by Jason Theodosakis, MD and started reading again what had helped me with my torn meniscus almost 10 years ago. Immediately I upped my dosage of glucosamine and chondroitin, Doctor's Best Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM But most importantly, the book reminded me of what I had forgotten, ASU. This is a supplement made from avocado and soybean unsaponifiable oils. France has been prescribing it for years to treat osteoarthritis patients. There are some brands of ASU on the market but I prefer to buy the supplement directly from Dr. Theo's website as I had done in the past, www.drtheo.com/index.htm
no more bouts of the stabbing, burning groin pain even after increased activity. By three weeks, I wasn't using my TENS or Quell units every day and any pain I felt was more of a twinge or discomfort. After a month of taking ASU, I was elated! While I had felt relief before and then been disappointed with a severe bout of pain, it wasn't happening anymore. After 6 weeks, I still take the ASU daily but haven't needed the Quell unit. When I am using the TENS unit it is for lower back and buttock muscle discomfort, not hip/groin pain. No longer afraid to leave the house without either unit, is just short of a miracle for me. I know enough about osteoarthritis to realize it won't ever be cured but can be halted and somewhat reversed by these supplements. Continuing to take them and not ever forgetting the pain which lasted over 2 years, I can only hope the way I now feel will be the norm.
Doing gentle exercising, short walks and bike rides, resting after being on my feet a couple hours and a good night sleep are all very important in dealing with my osteoarthritis. I never expect to now do what I did decades ago! Instead, being pain free and remaining active in my life is the goal to carry me into future years.