Hi Marybeth, You are doing the right things now by working on strength and weight loss. When I was told I needed a hip replacement, I read everything I could find on the subject. I also joined a site called Bonesmart/org and the folks there have a really good forum with a library full of very good information. The people were great and helped me through my very long waiting period and then offered alot of support afterwards.
I also joined the team here for hip and knee replacements and being new, I haven't made alot of connections there yet, but am working on it. I'm sure you will find lots of folks there who will help also.
I love my new hip and the mobility it gave me back. I was slowly going downhill and was at the point of having to use a walker to shop. Afterwards, I used my walker outdoors in the park to get going on walking once again.. I looked quite the site pushing my walker on the trails, but I was determined to walk all my favourite trails and I did.. by week 8, I was carrying my cane with me, but not using it much.. just on the rougher patches of ground. I was fortunate to have found a good deal on a really sturdy outdoor walker..
You will do fine, keep your attitude positive and if you have any specific questions or need extra support, send me a private message and I'll be happy to help.
Hello Thomasina, I am scheduled for a hip replacement on February 25th. I am not in as great shape as you are since I am much overweight. However, I have been working with a fitness trainer and gaining a lot of muscle strength. Let me know if there is any helpful advice for this procedure. Thanks.
MaryBeth from Ontario
current weight: 209.0
Fitness Minutes: (322) Posts: 197 10/27/12 9:56 P
Hi, I'm 57 and have lived with osteo and fibromyalgia for many years. I have osteo pretty bad in my fingers and a few area's of my spine. I had a hip replacement 2 years ago and regained mobility and am doing really well now. I even took up cycling this summer and love it.
I use exercise to help ease my pain and when it's really bad I do take celebrex. Keeping my weight down has been key for me. When I developed hip osteo I was shocked as I had been walking daily for years and was not overweight. The Dr. just said it happens and couldn't really give me any reason for a rapid onset.
I discovered Sparkpeople 3 weeks ago when I was searching for stationary bike programs and was really impressed with the site. Even though I was active, I just couldn't lose those last few pounds and I was blaming my fibromyalgia meds! I started using the food tracker and discovered that even though I was eating healthy, my portions were way to large. I was amazed to drop 5 lbs the first 2 weeks, just by eating the suggested calorie range for my size. I've never been able to do this before. So, I am sold on Sparkpeople and will be here to help maintain my weight. For dinners, I use the spark recipe calculator and at first it took alot of time, but now I've got most of my favourite meals in and its easy to track.
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