No one can believe how awful the pain is unless you can experience it. You aren't a weenie- just honest. The p/t sessions are miserable. At least the office I go to has 2 cute dogs to deflect the pain!View Thread
The pain is horrific. After 5 months of painful therapy I have regained normal function and mobility. However, the pain never goes away completely as yet. Usually the day after therapy I feel great, go to Zumba and have a few hours with no severe pain but it does creep back in. Advil is the only thing that has helped. The cortizone shots, felxaril, valium, were all a waste of time. I have succumbed to using a mattress warmer in order to get a decent amount of sleep- and this is not so easy, living in Arizona!
I think the stretching exercises at home are a must- if not I will probably be a p/t patient until my bank account is depleted. My husband's friend had the surgery and she said the recuperation was excruciating and then she still had to go to p/t EVERY DAY for 3 weeks and wanted to die. After a year she said it did ease up so I see no benefit to the expensive and painful manipulation under anethesia UNLESS you are ready to give up. Good luck.l Maybe we all need to start drinking wine instead of water!View Thread