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7/14/14 6:54 P

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Thanks!
I finally figured it out (with the help of SparkPeople) that it's not about a quick fix. Consistency over the long haul is what will make this work.


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7/14/14 6:33 P

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Welcome to the team. I am 7 yrs into my hip replace, so I have a while yet. Good Job on losing the weight.

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7/14/14 6:08 P

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Hello to all. I'm Ben and I had bi-lateral (that's both hips at one operation) THR about 14 years ago. When diagnosed, the doctor said there's three types of arthritis, mild, moderate and severe....then there's what you have! I had enough time to do the research and continue my weight loss at that time to the point where I found the best hospital and best doctor available at the time. All went well. 2 days in the hospital, 6 days in rehab and back home for 5 weeks, then back to work. PT 3x week plus 2 hours of exercise each day for the 5 weeks put me in pretty good shape when I got back.
I took up golf after having my hips done and it took a couple of years before I could consider myself a "golfer". The problem is you need to turn your hips! Eventually the flexibility returned and I was hooked.
My weight slowly crept back (I had lost 120 lbs. prior to surgery). About 6 months ago, after completing some minor cancer treatment (if there is a thing as "minor" cancer), I promised myself to get back into some sort of good shape. I'm down almost 60 lbs. from then, but doing it gradually and via lifestyle changes. No more low-carb, no-carb diets for me.
Anyway, that's my hip story so far.. I know that things have changed a lot in the past decade plus with the way the surgery is done and the types of implants that are being used. All I can say is that I'm glad I did it, and I've been relatively pain free for the past 14 years, so I certainly consider it a success.

I'm curious if anyone has had any revision surgery which I expect I'll need in the next 5 years or so.

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Welcome to the team. Keep us posted on your THR!! Keep doing the exercises too!

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Hi, I'm Varina and I've been a Sparkie for a long time .. lost weight, injured myself .. and the weight has crept back up! My injury was to my R hip, I tore the labrum about 4 years ago. I did rehab and pt .. and it got better, but never completely back to normal. Then I decided to play soccer with my daughter, and further injured it. I'm at the point of severe pain and loss of mobility - so ... in less than 3 weeks time I will be getting a THR! I've been doing the exercises recommended for pre-op, and that's about it.

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Welcome Diane! My doctor gave me exercises prior to surgery to strengthen my muscles. I would ask your doctor for them so you know that you are doing them right. It will also help with recovery. Read through some of the forums to see if there is anything you are looking for. If not, please ask questions.

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Hi, i'm Diane and i'm 45 yo. had 3-level lumbar spinal fusion in 12/05 for unstable spine. had complications and had to have drains put in my spine. dr nicked a nerve in my left groin and have walked w/a limp ever since.
was exercising in early april & hurt my knee, so i thought. had mri which showed only mild bursitis. doc said my limp was too severe for the knee to explain it in spite of alot of pain. did xrays on left hip & said i have hip osteoarthritis & am "bone on bone." apparently have been for some time bc the head of the femur has developed a large cyst on it. tells me i need hip replacement. can't use a cane due to spinal osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my neck cause nerve problems in my arms & hands.
sooo...that's why i'm here. i hope that sparkpeople can help me get my hip muscles strong & lose weight in prep for the surgery. i am hoping that i can learn from this forum what to expect and tips on how best to prep for the surgery & recovery. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance!
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Hi Carli and Welcome. Glad to hear you are up and walking with no pain!!

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Hi my name is Carli and I am 29 years old. I had a Total Hip Replacement on my Right hip on January 30th. I am 10 weeks post op today. It is healing slowly. I went for my first 30 minute walk today and tried to not use my cane as much as I could. It feels so great to be able to move and not be in pain!

I just found this group on Sparkpeople, and I wish I would have known about it pre surgery! I have been losing weight over the last 2 years but the weight loss was coming to a stand still. I decided to come back to Sparkpeople. The last time I was on here was 2009 so its been a few years. Since I have returned to Sparkpeople I have signed up for an 8 spring challenge. It has motivated me to get moving, and there is so much inspiration from everyone!

I look forward to being part of this forum!

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Wish you well!!

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Thanks for the encouragement ,am counting down now, had the pre op day on wednesday and ir was a full on time with all the tests xray and meeting all the surgical team. I've found out that they do part general anaesthetic and part spinal block although they think that may not be possible as I've previously had bone grafts in my lower back so they will block from the groin instead...I don't care as long as I don't know anything about it!!!!.
So am just trying to get the last jobs done here and start to pack my bag ready for Monday. We will travel south then and stay overnight ready to be admitted at 6am on Tuesday with the surgery about 2hours later. So will be back on here in a week or two.Bye for now emoticon

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Hi Bernie,What you will be doing is very similar as to what happens here in Ontario Canada. Most people if they are in fairly good health are in for a few days post op and then home.We are up walking with a walker the day day of the surgery(no rest for the wicked!) We do have physio but that mostly is to do the exercises that they send you home with from the hospital.(walking in the pool sounds like it would really help).
Practice the exercises before going for your surgery so it will not be all new. Try getting into and out of chairs and beds before the surgery as you will after your surgery.Try have your arms strong as you will need them.
The pain is there but it does not last too long; tell your doctors/nurses your concerns and they are there to help.
Good luck and we are here for you.Hope to see you around again soon.
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Welcome Bernie! Good luck with your upcoming surgery. I am sure you will do fine. Walking is the best exercise.

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Thank for the welcomes!
I am 62yrs old and am having total hip replacement on Feb 28th so not long now.I've read lots of the posts to gather info and it has been good. It seems to be quite different in the US post operatively compared to what happens in NZ. Here we are only in hospital 4 -6 days, up to walk on day after surgery and then managing dressing, showering alone, and managing the crutches and you are out of there! and then home with 6 weeks of limitations and then hopefully getting more active. We don't have any physiotherapy as far as I can tell but we do go to walk in the pool and we have a set of exercises to do at home. All the equipment is provided by the hospital on loan and I have it all here ready now. I am most concerned about the pain meds after surgery as I got addicted to Oxycontin last year and it took a couple of months to get off it. It was a not to be repeated experience so I'm praying I won't need too much pain relief. The hospital is in a bigger city 3hours drive away from home so will be fun on the way back. The instructions say to get out of car and walk every hour si it will be a challenge I think. Love to hear from you all with any advice,
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Welcome back!!

At least you only have 20 lbs to lose rather than the 40 lbs, but try to remain on your "new diet" so you don't gain it back again. That is why we are all here. I also gained back the 20 lbs I lost and not happy about it. I gained because of stress.

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Hello-
I'm re-introducing myself as I've been away about 6 months. I had left THR 6/14/2011. Quite a relief after my (stupid) primary care doc spent 3 years telling me there was nothing wrong but my weight. Hip surgeon did require me to lose 40 lbs before surgery, he feels patients over 300 have a higher risk of infection. Frankly, I was in so much pain I was willing to take the risk but I made it. Was non-weight bearing for 1 month (no cement used) & was back to work about 6 weeks after surgery. It was supposed to be part time for a while, but you know how that goes! Doc said to let him know when I wanted the other hip done.

So...I regained about 20 lbs. Life was grand, enjoying being able to walk, roll over in bed without it hurting, being off pain meds. About 2 months ago my other hip started hurting and by now I don't need an Xray to tell me the last of the cartillage is gone. I'm trying to get the hang of using a cane in my other hand. Unfortunately, I also have a bad shoulder on that side so it's tricky--use the cane enough to keep moving but not so much my shoulder gets mad. I'm back on Tramadol and it's really not enough to keep me comfortable and moving.

So, back here as I will need to religiously track my food intake since I am again extremely limited in exercise. I'm also aneimic, reason undetermined, so battling fatigue. Oh, and I'm really busy. I work full time as a dialysis social worker, part time doing in-home social work with people with Multiple Sclerosis, and the rest of the time trying to keep up with my remaining daughter at home, my housework, and my disabled husband. We have 2 small dogs but I gave up the chickens before the last surgery. I miss the hens!

I like Sparkpeople because it's not about losing weight by any means. There's an emphasis on doing it in a healthy way--like the weight counter won't let you set a goal of losing more than a couple of pounds a week. I believe in HAES (Health At Every Size) so if I'm going to lose weight it will be by improving my diet, not doing some crazy crash diet that will deprive me of nutrients and screw up my metabolism. While keeping the weight off long term would be great, if I don't manage it I'm not going to beat myself up given the generally low success rate for permanent weight loss.

For now my goal is to get back to the weight my surgeon requires, and then we'll see where things go. I do know I'll be able to be more active after the second surgery than after the first and I'm itching to get out and DO things and GO places.

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Welcome Wilma!! We do share a lot of info ....just read through some of the other posts. If you have any questions, let us know!

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Hi my name is Wilma, had my right hip replaced in Oct. Feeling great, used the hip as an excuse to back off from doing all of the healthy things that I need to. So back at working out somewhat. Thought this was a great place to find out some of things the DR doesn't always tell you.

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It does feel great to be pain free!

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HI! I am 44 years old. In April of 2010 I injured my groin exercising. It turns out I had torn my labrum in my left hip. In having the problem diagnosed I learned I had very little cartileidge in my left hip and none in my right hip. In June of 2010 I had my left hip replaced followed by the right hip in November of 2010. I am 100% pain free with two brand new hips and I feel GREAT!!!!!

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Wow you did great!
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Great job on the weight loss and your pre-op tests!!

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Hurray, I did great on all my pre-op tests and physical. My doctor was very happy I am 22 lbs. less since July. It felt good to have him congratulate me.

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I also had AVN, the reason for the THR. My doctor said it was probably from steroids for asthma that caused the AVN. I limped because I had no bone or cartilage and in a lot of pain. I was at Stage 4 of the disease, where my only choice was to have the THR. My leg would also want to give out on me. One that replacement was done, I no longer had the limp. You will be amazed at how much better you feel and probably wonder to yourself, why it took you so long to decide to have the surgery. I was in pain for 3 yrs, but that was because I was told I had arthritis and sciatic. I then went to a new doctor and told her about my pain. She sent me for xrays and a week later they called with the diagnosis and sent me to the ortho surgeon and was scheduled for surgery a little over a month later! I cried when I was told that there was actually something seriously wrong with me, because I knew it meant relief and it wasn't at all what the other doctor told me it was 3 yrs prior.

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Hello,

I am 56 and felt fine until 'slipping' and doing the splits outside our hous one morning in late April. After time to heal, doctoring, physical therapy, more doctoring, MRI, and X-ray, I am told that I have arthritis, with degenrtation of my cartilage and avascular necrosis, due to (likely) some trauma predating this fall. Still can't figure out why I am still limping, when I wasn't beforehand. Surgeons tell me that I can have a hip replacement when I am ready. Am going to a chiropractor now, with not much result, guess the surgery is in the nearer future rather than the farther. I need to loose weight for overall health, so need to focus on that before surgery. Glad to be linked to others with similar experiences.

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I know I mentioned a website to go to for additional info on hip surgery. They have good info on there. totallyhip1.tripod.com/

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Fear is normal but channel it into learning as much as possible about your surgery and recovery. You will have restrictions for the first while but will have been instructed as to what you can and can't do. I am just short of a year post recovery, have full range of motion and can do any activity except run. The relief of being pain free and fully mobile is absolutely wonderful. All the best and make the most of your rehab- when you get home you'll be set to go!...MJ emoticon emoticon

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Hi Toni here. I had my hip replacement sager March 11th. I was scared. You have a little bit of time. Go on the internet so see what you will be up against, that is what i did. I was not knowing what I would be facing. I had a good Doctor. In am glad now I had the surgery I am doing fine. After you get out of the bed. do all the therapist tells you do do. As a mater of fact go on line to see the exercise you will have to do and practice them now the will put you ahead of the game, that is what I did. You will be ok. This is a great team because they know how we feel because they have been through what we have been through or going through. emoticon emoticon

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If you have been exercising and I see that you lost weight, you should be good to go. I didn't have much time before my surgery to do any exercising. You will not be an invalid. Yes it will take time to get your strength back in that leg, but you will be fine and glad that you had the surgery done. They will have you up and moving the next day. I hope you do get the therapy you need at the extended care facility. I stayed at one for 10 days and I was glad I did. I didn't have any class to attend, so I really didn't know what to expect after my surgery. I really didn't care, I just wanted it done and to be out of pain. It took me the 6 weeks to feel somewhat normal, but do allow 6 months to a year for a complete recovery (heeling). I also had dead bone from no blood supply. I am sorry you had a bad experience that caused your condition. My doctor, looking at my medical history, said that steroid for asthma probably caused my condition. I have a 50/50 chance of getting it in my other hip or another joint. I have twinges of pain in my replacement hip, but that is usually the weather or if I over did it and I had the surgery 4 yrs ago.

Don't be scare, but of course that is easier said than done. You will get through it and if you have more questions, please feel free to post. We've all been there!!

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Hi, I am new to this team. Just discovered it!! Next Monday, 9/12, I am scheduled for a total left hip replacement. Unfortunately, a doctor have me a shot that hit my major nerve. As a result, I got a bad bacterial infection and the blood supply to my left hip bone was cut off. Now my left hip is dead!!

To be honest, I am scared of the surgery after attending a class all about hip surgery. The instructor made it sound like I will be an invalid for a very long time. I was depressed for three days after the class. And yes, I did cry a lot. I have a 10 year old and do not want to be an invalid. Also, I will be away from home (over 100 miles away for 14 days) in hospital and in extended care for PT. My doctor said my daughter and husband would be too demanding of my time and I would not heal properly if I went home.

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Why are you having a 'redo' after 11 years? That sounds like it is really soon. Interested in your experiences.



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Sophiemae2007 - I was born with hip dysplasia (sockets never formed correctly). I'd been going to my doctor since 13 (when it started bothering me). He told me that I might be just fine - or I might feel like it's too painful - and that it was up to me. At 22 I was ready - and was so relieved to be out of pain!

As for the heels issue, I wear heels every once in a while but I figure it's not worth it unless I'm going out for date night :)

Thanks for having this forum - it's a big relief to connect with other people who are in the same boat as me!

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I've worn heels, but only about 2 inches no higher, just because I would probably kill myself in them. I didn't get permission to wear them or course I never asked. I don't remember how soon after surgery I worn them, probably over 6 months to a year. I don't wear them often, because I don't have anywhere to be to dress up often. Also any of my heels are Easy Spirits because they are build for support, plus I used to work at one of the stores.

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Hi all back in progress now. Anyone who had the surgery for at least 6 months or longer have you returned to wearing hi heal shoes and how hi? Or when can you return to wearing them? if anyone has returned to wearing them did you have to get your doctors permission first? will wait for an answer thanks. emoticon

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why did you have to have a hip replacement at 22?

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Wow! Good for you! Good luck with the surgery - and I had my hip replacement at 22 - and never looked back! It takes courage to stand up for yourself - good for you! It won't be easy but I think it'll be worth it!

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Hi all! I;m Erin & I had a hip replacement in 2000. It was the best thing ever - relieved a lot of pain & I've become much more active & have been able to take better care of myself. I'm up for a revision surgery & am a bit petrified - no pain this time - pain is very motivating. I'm very lucky & blessed & feel fortunate to have found this spark team. You are all so brave & I'll be keeping you in my prayers! Best of luck for a healthy surgery & recovery.

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Hi Tony welcome. I am new here as well..........been here for a few weeks. I am waiting to have my right hip done in the next month or maybe two.
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Hi Tony and welcome to the team. We've had several recent hip surgeries on the tip. We are all here to support you in your recovery, your weight loss and healthy lifestyle.

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Toni- get it on!!! Get rid of those pounds, we are here for you....MJ in Nova Scotia

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Hi am new to this forum. I had bloodless hip replacement surgery on March 11,2011. After the surgery I did lose weight, but as usually I gained a few pounds back. I need to lose about 45lbs and I need a lot of encouragement to eat properly and exercise. I feel talking to individuals who have been in the same situation that I have would encourage me. My name is Toni . emoticon

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Hi Mary and welcome here! Glad to hear that your surgery was a success, it is wonderful to be pain free. As for the fatigue- you would have lost blood during surgery and the anaesthetic itself can cause fatigue that will linger for a time until your body processes the various drugs. Be kind to yourself and allow for lots of rest, you'll soon be feeling much stronger...MJ in Nova Scotia emoticon

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Welcome Mary! I sure you will not be using the cane for much longer. I think I used a cane for the 6 weeks after surgery...maybe a bit longer just to feel safe. I remember being tired all the time until I went back to work and got back to my normal daily life. I also had the leg pain and the lower back pain. I was so glad the back pain went away after the surgery. Of course, I get it back every now and then depending on certain activities (gardening) or how I may sit (usually on the floor) is when it acts up, but then it goes away.

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Hello all,
My name is Mary, and I am 54, and had a total hip replacement on June 14. I had severe athritis and damage in the hip resulting from numerous falls - going back to my childhood. There wasn't a flight of steps in my normal day that I hadn't fallen down or tripped while going up when I was a kid! I was the family klutz. Anyway....

I am a teacher, and was walking with a cane prior to my surgery. I had pretty significant referred pain down my leg, and in my lower and mid back due to the changes in my gait. My deciding moment came when I realized that I was going to have to forego chaperoning a departmet field trip to New York becuase I wouldn't be able to walk that long or that far.

So here I am 4.5 weeks after surgery. I am still using the cane, but they assure me that by the time I go back to school (in Sept) that I will walking without it. I feel pretty good - absolutly no pain in the hip, just some muscle soreness from my exercise, and no pain in my back. I'm still going for physical therapy 2 times a week, My biggest complaint is that I am still so tired. I do my exercises everyday and they added walking on the treadmill last week. I'm up to 8 minutes! But it kicks my butt! It doesn't hurt, I just am so darn tired afterwards! I end up resting for about a half hour when I'm done. That's my biggest complaint: I don't have a lot of stamina yet. I am headed to the GP for my post surgery checkup (I was still a little anemic when I was discharged from short term rehab), and hopefully he can give me some insight into this fatigue.

So, hopefully the fatigue clears up soon. I was significantly overweight prior to the surgery, and really want to lose at least 60lbs. I want to keep this hip as long as I can, plus my daughter is getting married next June. I want to be the glam mother of the bride. I saw the team goal of walking 2 miles and that gives me hope that I will get there!

Enjoy this beautiful (but hot) Sunday.

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I will be having my surgery at the HDH in Kingston.If everything goes well it can be done there but if there is a higher risk or I need to be in the hospital for a longer period then it will be the Kingston General. The trouble with having it at the KGH is that they are a trauma hospital and then elective surgery can be bumped in case of emergency.Car accidents,bike accidents often cancel elective orthopedic surgery.
We live in a little village north of Odessa it is about 20 minute drive from Kingston.
I have been making sure that I have been eating properly and getting my strength built up.I am lucky to have a very supportive husband that is retired so he is home and I can not slack off!
Everything with the hip and knee came to a head and really bothered me this spring when I had been carrying my grand daughter who has been getting a little heavier and I knew something had to be wrong when I could hardly move after I had carried her for a while.

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Where are you having your surgery done Erin? Kingston? Ottawa? I lived near Napanee before moving here.
Like Kim says get working on your strengthening exercises- recovery is much easier when you're fit.

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Glad to have you aboard! Lots of support and info in regards to hips on this team. Lots of recent THRs so they can give you more recent experience of their surgeries. I had mine 4 yrs ago and I was pretty much bone on bone and didn't really have bone because mine was dead. I had Avascular Necrosis of the hip, which is where the blood supply is damaged somehow and causes the bone to die. It took me 3 yrs to get that diagnosis, so don't feel too bad about how long it took you. I just lived with the pain until I couldn't stand it anymore.

Start doing your strengthening exercises so you can be prepared in the hospital to get up and get moving!!

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Hi Erin,
Good to see you here. Yes, there is a lot of info and help with your recovery. Keep us up to date as how you are doing before and after your surgery. I am leaving for the airport now to pick up my grandchildren from the airport and will have lots of company and also a trip next weekend. I will try to follow through here, but may not have the time to check often.
I will get back to you after next weekend.

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Hey Erin, I know you from Healthy Canada! Sorry to hear about your hip woes but glad to hear that you will have surgery very soon. Lots of info here on the various forums and threads and those of us who have had surgery will do our best to answer your questions. You will feel like a $million soon....MJ in NS emoticon

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Hi Everyone,
My Erin aka Ceilie1.I live in Eastern Ontario.Thank you to Bev321 and Sophiemae 2007 for sending me a welcome.
For the past number of years ( 7-8) I have had deferred knee pain and some groin pain.I have brought this to the attention to many doctors and it was just "it must be a pulled muscle or strain"This past year after starting to golf again this spring I found it difficult to walk up hills on the course.I went to the doctor and asked again what it is and pushed harder. I did have knee x-rays 2 years ago and nothing showed up.This time I had hip and knee x-rays in June. A few days after the doctors office called saying they were referring my to an Orthopedic doctor.I went in to see the family doctor who was little sheepish and said my hip was very server and I would need surgery asap!
A few week later I saw the orthopedic doctor and was told on a scale of 1 to 10 I was an 8 Very little cartilage left and a lot of bone on bone.So I will be having surgery maybe next month ,August the 29th.I will seeing the doctor again next week for a pre- surgery visit so I will know more then.
I am looking forward to having this done asap and want to get on the road to recovery.I need to brush up on what I will be going through and I hope and I know I can find support here.
My biggest problem is that I do not push too hard.
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Hi Deb and Jen and all!
Congrats Deb on your surgery! It just takes awhile to get used to the new hip but you'll be better than ever in no time!

I'm almost 9 weeks past my 2nd hip replacement (Dec21st and Apr 5th) and having a few issues with a slight lean forward, and I am 62. My surgeon wants a MRI and thinks I have spinal stenosis which is some bulging through my vertabrae causing lower backache and sciatic pain down my leg, if I remember what he said. It took me by surprise. Grrr! If it's not one thing it's another. I DO NOT regret and couldn't have functioned at all if it weren't for the THR's. Won't be much longer and it will all be a dream. ;)

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Great to hear, MOLLYMAC! Looking forward to the future.

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Thanks very much Bev. We've all been through so much, one way or another. I am at an awkward point in my recuperation where I'm struggling to not push myself too hard; I feel so good sometimes that I overdo it, then I suffer for a day or two. I can't seem to find the right balance. Losing weight is a tremendous goal, one I must reach and MAINTAIN. I am hoping that the SP tools will help me get there.

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Hi Deb

Your story sounds so familiar, except I was much older. I want to welcome you to the group. Your experience will help many younger people. I have gained back everything I have lost and just can't get back onto a diet. Over the years I have come to hate salads and that is the mainstay of most diets.

You are doing a great job.

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Hi Deb! Thanks for sharing your story- I am so glad that it has turned out well for you. Me too- what a wonderful new lease on life!

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Loved the story! I'm 31 and getting one hip done next month and the other in august!

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Welcome to the team and trust me when I say we all wish we had our surgeries sooner rather than later. I have found most of us waited 3 years before having it done.

I also was told I had arthritis and sciatic when I first complained about pain. It progressively got worse as time went on. I was working at a mall where I was on my feet most of the time and at one point the pain became unbearable and my leg was giving out. I ended up going to a new doctor since my old one moved. I told her about my pain and she sent me for an xray. A week later she called and said they were sending me to an ortho doc in the same office. I was not told to lose weight or that I was too young for surgery. I really had no choice but to have the surgery, because I had AVN (avascular necrosis). The ball of my hip joint was completely dead, stage 4. He just said it was up to me when I wanted the surgery. I said the sooner the better!!

I was told that I have a 50/50 chance of getting this condition again in any joint. So if I do get it in the other hip, I will not waist time getting whatever needed to be done, done!!

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OMG that came out so long... SORRY! emoticon

By the way I just started SP this week. emoticon

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Hi All! My name is Deb, I'm 43 years old, and I just joined the team. I'm going to tell you my story - the extended version - in the hopes that some of my experiences with this darn hip can help others.

I've had hip pain on and off for the past 10 years, about as long as I've been diagnosed as having fibromyalgia. I used to be a distance runner - finished one marathon and about 5 half marathons - until 7 years ago when I tore the ACL in my left knee doing tae kwon do. It set me off on a bad spiral - the fibromyalgia flared, and I gained 40 pounds over the next 4 months because I was eating more than when I was running, and doing nothing active due to knee pain.

In March 2005 I had surgery to reconstruct the ACL, from which I have never fully recovered. I continue to have chronic knee pain, in both legs actually. I continued to gain weight - I went from 160 as a relatively fit runner to 223 as a sedentary, suffering couch potato.

Anyway, about 3 years ago, we went on a family trip to Washington DC, and that's when my hip really started becoming an issue. The pain was so horrendous at one point that I sat down in the middle of the sidewalk and cried, I just couldn't walk another step and there was no bench in sight. That's what finally got me in to my doc. I was diagnosed with bursitis and sciatica. The bursitis fit - I'd had it before - but the pain was different from my previous sciatica, so I wasn't sure they'd nailed it. I had several cortisone shots in my back to try to manage the pain, but it barely made a dent. They thought I had hip flexor tendinitis too and sent me for PT. After months of PT (both land and water) the hip hadn't gotten any better. I finally went to an orthopedist - my idea, none of my docs or the PT suggested it. Sure enough I had bad arthritis in the right hip.

The first doc suggested more PT and trying to delay the surgery because of my age. I went to PT, and when that didn't help, I looked for another doc - hadn't really hit it off with that one. I went to the doc who did both of Mom's hips in the past 5 years. He told me I was still fairly functional, the arthritis wasn't so bad, I was too young to get a hip replacement, and I weighed far too much. He told me to go lose some weight and come back in 10 years to check back with him. He did offer that if I insisted he would do the surgery, but that if it was his own sister he wouldn't. Hmmm...

Fast-forward 6 months later. I couldn't walk for more than about 5 minutes at a stretch, I was using a cane and leaning on it far too much (should have been on a walker), I was exhausted at work and not keeping up, much less keeping up with my husband and boys (12 and 14). Enter orthopedist #3, who had done another friend of mine who was 49 when he got his new hip. I had x-rays, and when he walked into the office, he took one look at the x-rays and said, "You're bone on bone - you need a new hip! When do you want to get it?" After nearly crying from relief that someone finally "got" it, we scheduled the surgery. He said some things that salvaged my poor bruised ego, like "How did (orthopedist #2) think you were going to lose weight with no cartilage in your hip?" and "The only regret people seem to have after having hip replacement surgery is that they waited too long to get it" (i.e. lived with the pain too long).

April 5, 2011, I got my new hip! I was not a candidate for resurfacing because of my weight and my anatomy (angles and such) - in fact, I learned that only about 10% of people needing new hips are good candidates for this partial replacement, and most of them are men. The news since then - about my hip, anyway - has been all good. 7 weeks post surgery, I am way ahead of schedule in terms of recovery. I attribute this to my youth, my pre-surgery flexibility, and to the work I've put in to get my strength back. I am able to walk around my block - 0.75 miles - in 20 minutes with a cane, and short distances without the cane.

The problems that remain are not hip-related. My knees are killing me, probably because I'm walking so much more than prior to the surgery. My feet hurt as well - I am getting custom orthotics in a few weeks that should help with that. My arms and shoulders are still achy from 4 weeks on a walker, 75% weight bearing. That's the nature of fibro - things always seem to take forever to heal!

In summary (FINALLY!), my hip replacement was an AWESOME POSITIVE experience. If any of you are being told to wait because you are too young, please consider your current limitations and activity level and ask yourself if you would rather live like this (and progressively worse) for another x years, missing out on whatever it is you can't do until then. It was an easy choice for me - if I need a revision down the road, I would rather be fragile and potentially uncomfortable 30 years from now than live like that now.

Now I'm committed to losing weight so I make the most of this new lease on life, have less strain on my hip, and can be as active as I want to be. 6 months after the surgery I'll reassess my knee pain and look into it if necessary, but I'm hoping that the weight loss will offset the pain.

I hope this helps, sorry for the long-winded post... Good luck to everyone!
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Strength training is essential- keeps your metabolism rate up and improves the power and flexibility of your joints. Walking, cycling, swimming, Xcountry skiing, any aerobic activity that doesn't "slam" your joints are perfect. I have a friend who is 81, has had both hips and now a knee replaced as of Dec. 2010 and as a former hockey player is now back on his skates. If you can manage it find a sports physio to work out a good exercise routine for you.

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As I stated in my Spark mail to you, walking is about the best exercise to work that hip. Also I found bike riding to help. I found that a quick way to strengthen my leg, more so than walking.

I still get stiff on ocassions, especially if I watch how I am walking (on ice, snow, rough terrain), but take some Aleve or Ibuprofin to help out. My doctor told me it was probably bursitis in that joint....great go from one thing to another. LOL!!

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Ari, understand the frustrations. I was quite the avid runner in my teens and 20's and it is hard for me to become accostumed to the low impact workouts post THR. I've had the most success with simply walking everyday and a few days of weight training. I started out walking a few blocks, and slowly but surely I've been able to add more distance. Now I walk at least 2 miles a day, and save a long 5+ mile hike for the weekend. I've noticied a similar pattern with the weight training. I also notice a bit of stiffness from time to time usually a few naproxin will take care of it, but it is not a constant pain like prior to surgery. For me the more mobile I am, the less stiffness I notice. Good luck you just need to find something you enjoy doing and start small. Good for you for wanting to push through those barriers - you can do it!

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