Back and Forth

Today I had a busy day at HSS, 1st was a my 8 week post op appointment with my OS, next was a PT appointment with one of the HSS hip PTs, then we went to see the rheumy, and finally I had shoulder x-rays.

The OS appointment went ok. The hip part was good, the right hip is doing really well and I scheduled surgery for my left hip, which is not as great of a candidate for surgery (not as clear cut of a case) but we are taking the fact my right is doing so well as a predictor that hopefully. That will be on June 24, two days after I graduate from high school. I was less happy about the knee situation, he said he thought it was a combination of referred pain from my hip and an autoimmune issue so besides the PT he prescribe the rheumy should really be dealing with it.

Next of was the PT at HSS. This appointment was not as horrible as I thought it was going to be, but pretty pointless. I was just given a few more strengthening exercises. The PT gave me a print out of them so I will show them to my PT tomorrow.

The rheumy appointment was next. My rheumy just moved from the rheumatology floor to the pediatrics one, which I like a lot more. It is all colorful and everyone is so friendly, and they even offered me a snack while a waited(although since it is still Passover I couldn't have it). Last week she changed my NSAID from relafen to voltaren. So I started taking voltaren on Friday, it is stronger then relafen, which of course means more of a possibility for side effects. Hopefully it will start to work more in the next few weeks, I am currently at 100mg once a day but if needed it can be switched to 75mg twice a day. She examined me as always. When the knees came up she also thought there were probably a combination of thing, but unlike the OS she thinks there is an ortho problem involved. So we are still playing this game of back and forth. When she examined my shoulders we discovered most of the pain is in the muscles not the joints and the muscles are tender.

Just in case there is something more to my shoulders I went to get them x-rayed, which was pretty uneventful. Tomorrow we can all for the result but I doubt anything will show up.

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