Psoriatic Arthritis Woes: I Thought I Knew Hip Pain!
Last updated: February 2023
I recently had a bad fall, and I mean bad. Two broken bones, my friends. The breaks are in and around my kneecap. I'm currently in a brace that does not allow me to move my knee in any direction. As for getting around? Crutches were a failed attempt, so I'm using a trusty wheelchair.
My home is not handicap accessible, and I'm limited to a couple of rooms within the house. Such a joy. One of those rooms isn't even my bedroom - my bed sits too high. I've been downgraded to the couch.
My psoriatic arthritis pain presents well everywhere, but my hips predominately suffer with it. Before getting our current mattress, my hip pain was next level. Our current mattress is one with a pillowtop. It keeps my hip pain subdued, but of course, nothing is 100% when it comes to living with psoriatic arthritis.
Where I find myself sleeping currently is our futon couch. To be honest, I had never tried to sleep on it before. It might not be so bad, but this brace may make things 10 times worse. Even with extra pillows, my hips are in turmoil. The extra pressure propping up my knee has left my hips in excruciating pain.
Chronic pain is a part of my life with psoriatic arthritis. The hip pain is only a small part of it. What originally started in my back moved to my knees and found its way to my hips. I've developed a high tolerance for pain but this new hip pain? Unbearable.
I mean, the brace is already uncomfortable, and my broken bones, while healing, hurt. Now, my hips want some painful attention. I really was not prepared for this kind of pain. I'll be here for about 6-8 weeks which is the amount of time my bones need to heal. After that, I may need surgery on my knee.
Two weeks in, my sleep has suffered. It doesn't take long for my hips to start really hurting. If I need surgery, it will take my current 6-8 week situation to a 4-6 month situation. I'm in dread. I guess I really have no choice in the matter.
I am constantly reminding myself that I have lived with chronic pain for years and that I can manage with this too. As the saying goes, "This too shall pass."
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