Last night was my best night's sleep in at least a month.
CPAP is great but my hip was causing me to need to move and reposition my leg almost constantly all night long for a good portion of most nights.
About 10 days ago, my orthopedist gave me Diclofenac which worked to reduce the MUCH WORSE problem from the then previous few weeks but it was at best 80% effective on the pain and did far less for the times when I was quiet and trying to sleep (no distractions.)
But night before last was even worse than the previous 9 days and almost as bad as the worst before I got the Diclofenac. (Admittedly I had worked out that night after skipping two practices the week before.)
Yesterday, I went to the radiologist (had to be scoped) to get a cortisone shot in the hip.
Actually, leaving the leg immobile for 10 minutes caused the type of discomfort I get at night -- the injection itself (including the Lidocaine which is supposed to burn was FINE.)
Radiologist said it would feel better perhaps for about an hour until the Lidocaine wore off and then it might be 2 hours or a couple of days until the coritisone did its magic.
Actually, it mostly felt better from there on out. The lidocaine helped, it wore off and a little stiffness might have returned but basically the bad pain was gone.
Leg (hip/thigh, esp. gluteus and quad) still feels WEAK but is not QUITE a pain when walking -- just makes me careful.
Not once last night did my leg need to be moved due to pain or discomfort. To my knowledge I never work up DUE to the leg.
(I did wake a few times, to roll over as is my usual practice, but these were just momentary events.)
Actually got about 8 hours SLEEP (not just bed/machine time) and woke up earlier than the clock by quite a margin. Only time that has happened lately is when I was driven out of bed by pain on the bad nights.
(not quite) -- it wasn't so much the PAIN as it was the discomfort and the inability to DO THINGS, including sitting, walking, standing, working out, and SLEEPING.
Every step and even every moment in bed had turned into a conscious effort.
Oh, the radiologist and ortho said that it would likely last from 2 weeks to 2 months, to 6 months or more.
Hoping that since my hip wasn't previously giving me significant trouble it might be a bit more semi-permanent than that even....
For perspective: I could easily stand to get this done every 6 months if that brought this level of relief. I would probably be HAVE to get it done every 2 weeks to 2 months if my bad pain returned (and it was safe and effective enough.)
Also, makes me want to try this in (both of) my knees for my long term knee problems -- previously I had deferred the opportunity as a temporary fix and no long term solution since my knees were tolerable even if difficult to use.