Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I have moderately severe osteoarthritis in my right hip. I find managing the pain and doing exercise kind of a quandary. Do I ignore my constantly barking hip and keep exercising?The pain never fully leaves. So, you can't say don't exercise when it hurts because it always hurts. It is just a matter of degree. I use a foam roller to roll out painful spots and when desperate I do take a prescription med called Arthrotec but frankly I don't want to take it too often. I already take blood pressure and asthma meds which are mandatory. Enough with the chemicals already!
On various days I strength train, spin, zumba and walk. I think the exercise I love the most Zumba is the one that hurts my hip the most because of the lateral movement. Figures, doesn't it? I exercise around 5 days a week sometimes 6.
It is funny, it wasn't until I decided to exercise that this osteoarthritis problem seemed to show itself. That in itself confuses me but hey, I am easily confused. Any experiences to share would be much appreciated especially if you any coping strategies you use. I am listening.