It’s been 2½ years since my stroke and last night was a very bad night’s sleep.
This morning I’d have thought it was a bad dream only it started before I’d gone up to bed. But the result is, I think my hips have unlocked and I feel my foot-drop is no more
Bear in mind my stroke side is the right side not the left. Before I went to bed my left hip was giving me some sharp pains and twinges which worried me because that’s an artificial hip. By the time I got into bed I was convinced the hip was failing and I’d be legless by morning. I was getting pains and twinges all round the hip, buttocks and into the lower back and all the way down my left leg.
Thought I’d have to get the crutches out of the loft in the morning. I had visions of me spending the day in A&E too the pains were getting that bad. I say pains but they weren’t all pain, there were tingling’s and numbness, clicks and snaps too and the stroke leg was trying to come out in sympathy with the left And then the little pain which I get in stroke leg down the seam of the right outer thigh just twanged and disappeared. I say seam, because it runs down in line with the seam of my trousers Though I think it’s sneaking back now.
And the panic in my mind was building right along with the pains no matter what I tried to do to stop it, it was uncontrollable and not at all like me. Then after several hours of it all building to such a crescendo, suddenly it all just stopped! I wanted to get up and test things out but I was just too exhausted by then and fell asleep 'til 1pm today
I’ve not got any pain anywhere just now and as far as I can tell the left hip is behaving normally as though nothing had ever happened. But I am feeling some muscle rippling here and there from time to time.
The gym session I did last Friday was mainly concentrated on arms and upper back. Although I did finish off on the leg press and cross trainer while waiting for my daughter and I pushed it a little. Mind you I raised the weight on everything that day and I’ve been feeling it ever since Whatever I did I think that’s what’s brought me to a night of pain and freedom .
I do feel more balanced and stable and the hips are looser. My true test will be at tomorrow’s strength & balance class.
To all those who dream for those days, progress comes when you least expect it…and always in the middle of flipping night for me