Patti posted a note for leo that says:
Hang in there. I learned OHS is unlike other surgeries or illnesses where you improve, maybe plateau and improve some more.
With OHS you feel good for two days and then take a big sometimes giant step back for no particular reason. This I found to be not only disappointing but almost depressing.
Guess what it gets better. When I expressed my frustration to doctor he said I was impatient and 6-12 months is the norm to stabilize. While that time line caused me to pause I started to worry less.
For me 5 months was the magical turning point even tho I had returned to work and driven and exercised months earlier. At 5 months no more backward days, maybe only a backward hour. I am now 5.5 months post OHS.
Still working on lowering heart rate but find that too is better with less fretting.
I would be interested in when others turned the corner.
Meredith Bray posted a note for leo that says:
42/f/avr 3/5/14, mechanical tick tick tick sometimes I hear it, sometimes I don't. I can ALWAYS hear it when I'm in the car, no matter how loud the radio is. I'm guessing it's related to posture. I'm sitting at my desk now, and can hear it over the hvac and the ceiling fan. 12 hours ago, same posture, same background noise, couldn't hear it.
After 4+ months, it's just a part of my life. I know it's hard to not hear it when it's your own. Maybe you could start wearing a watch that has a loud ticker? Get a noisy fan?
I can't imagine my life without the tick tick tick anymore. It's my best friend. If I can't hear it, I've been known to reposition myself so I can hear it.