Time to check back in folks as I am having a shocker, a nightmarish scenario.
Now about 20 months post-op. Things had been going OK, went to see a new physio March, I had no pain, slight limp, and doing moderate exercise no running. He started strengthening further the muscle around my hip with squats. It worked, I had no pain, great ROM and was flabbergasted to gradually start gentle running again.
About 2 months ago whilst doing a strengthening squat I felt a tear. Not for 1 minute did consider it to be a labral retear, and thought it was a smallish groin strain. After rest was able to get back to gentle painfree running. Only to slightly reinjure it in very innocuous fashion about 4 times since,walking up stairs etc.
This week the pain has shot up and is very similar to the type and location of pain prior to FAI surgery. I now understand this to be a retear of the cartilage. Am gutted.
I went private for my op. I can't afford to do that again. Am frankly devastated. Spent over 6k only to be 20 months later be back where I started. Now have pain, back to no activity/diminished quality of life, waiting lists, funding issues with NHS to deal with. I can't believe this.
Any thoughts all welcome.
Rebecca, you have been through the mill many times over. What does your surgeon say?
I really can't advise about possible removal of cartilage though if it were my body I would be very cautious, surely some cartilage better than none? I would recommend more research on your part. I sometimes think surgeons see things in black and white, but its your body.
Sorry can't be of more help, except to say I hope to purchase this book 'the entrepreneurial patient' by Anna Thomas; all to do with being an FAI victim.
Shame Rebecca, hope you get some answers from your scan.
Miami Mike, I (partially) took your advice, and after a few days rest and core work, decided this time I would try exercise bike, though no running, as a way back into activity. Have done this x5 weekly past 2 weeks and the hip is coping I would say! Have graded up resistance so this eve did an hour burning 620 cals - not a bad work out at times pretty stiff resistance and lovely to have sweaty cardio back in my life! Pray it remains.
Have to stretch extensively before and after. The limp slightly returns after, slight twinges of pain, so not perfect.
I figure another few sessions of this to strengthen and waken up hip then I try short light running again.
My hunch- I will be able to cope with cycling (which I would take!) but am less sure of running ability, there is a general feeling of lack of nimbleness in hip.