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QUENNEVILLE
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2/2/14 9:44 P

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I belong to an exercise club and so before I had the surgery I decided to work with a personal trainer in order to do the proper exercises for strengthening. With the pain, you just have to be careful and not overdo. I also go to a older chiropractor - he too has been helpful to give me some simple exercises even now because it is so easy after full recovery to get a bit lazy with proper maintenance. In the winter months I tend to not go to the exercise club just because I hate having to deal with the boots and coat changing and getting out in the cold weather. There are of course simple exercises I can do at home in the meantime - just need to make myself do it consistently!

MaryBeth from Ontario


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QUEENEVILLE,
Thanks so much for the information. I know I need to work on strenghtening, but frankly the pain of both hips and knees has been considerable lately, and I guess I have not yet lost enough for significant relief. I was hoping to reach that point soon so I could start exercising.
Thanks for your answer.
Donna

One day at a time; slow and steady. I just wish I were more steady and that the weight did not come off so slowly!!


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QUENNEVILLE
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2/2/14 8:55 P

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Hi Donna
My artificial hip joint is a combination of ceramic, plastic and titanium. I had a spinal for aneasthetic (not sure I would go that route again, but I have a family history of malignant hyperthermia so the anasthesiologist said it was a safer route for me). I have chunky legs, but prior to surgery I did all kinds of exercises to help strengthen the muscles. This was very helpful to my quick recovery afterwards. Because of the spinal, I was awake during surgery, could hear everything, but never felt a thing. When the freezing subsided afterwards in recovery, I had no control over my bladder and so wet the bed like crazy for a bit. My incision is on the side of my leg and hip - I am not sure if he went in from front or back after opening me up. I do know that my surgeon is a left handed person so it would be at his comfort level for the way he did the surgery. I am a Canadian so there could also be a difference in how they do the surgery here versus in the States.
IN any case, I do recommend exercise and don't be afraid of the surgery - hip replacement goes much easier than knee replacement. As for weight loss, it's easier said than done - I'm still working on it. The replacement weighs 7 lbs - I joke about that being part of my problem - ha, ha! No excuses! Take care Donna.

MaryBeth from Ontario


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2/2/14 8:16 P

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QUEENEVILLE,
You have mentioned that your hip replacement went well, and that you were back in operation in a relatively short time. What kind of hip did you get? All metal or metal and plastic? How did the surgeon get to the hip - from the front or the back? I have been hearing different things - advice from colleagues - and I am not sure what to make of it. I have a ways to go before the surgeon I saw will consider replacing my hip - that is, I have a lot more weight to lose to avoid complications. So, I wont be talking with him until I am closer in size - but I do want to gain a better understanding of the options before I am almost on the operating table.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Regards,
Donna

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1/31/14 12:45 P

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Well, I'm just starting out. It's taken me a long time just to stick with a diet lifestyle. I have successfully tracked food and water for 3 days and that's a BIG accomplishment for me!

Keep moving forward!
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!!!


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Hi, I don't have the breathing challenges that you've experienced but the rest of what you have said here sounds like I typed it myself!

Keep moving forward!
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!!!


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yea, I know about that age thing. I actually have had floaters for years. You do get used to them. As we get some ogf the weight off, I'm sure it will get a little easier!

Keep moving forward!
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!!!


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I like your motto, it's a good one to live by.
I too will turn 60 this year. Just had my one year check up with the orthopedic specialist. My new right hip is doing very well. I have no concerns about it. And my left knee cap has improved since my gait has improved. So, for now all is well with the arthritic joints. Now, I am more focused on what is happening with my eyesight. I have discovered that I now have 'floaters' in my left eye. It drives me crazy but I am sure that in time I will get used to it. The optometrist says its an aging thing and eventually I will have in the other eye as well.
This aging process is really something isn't it!

MaryBeth from Ontario


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1/30/14 10:19 P

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I just had my 60th Birthday and I have over 100lbs to loose to not be morbidly obese. I'm only 5'1". I have struggled with Lupus. It attacks my joins and has eatten away at the cartilige. One of the joins that the cartilige is gone is in my foot. This makes walking very difficult. Another problem is my knees are in pain. I had lost a little weight with Weight Watchers last Spring and was doing better but gained it all back and more and now I'm struggling with pain again. My challenge has been getting active with all the painful joints. I've decided that the only way I can win is to start dieting first and get some weight off first. I have successfully tracked my food for 3 days and that is a SUCCESS! My motto is to keep moving forward!

Keep moving forward!
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6/28/13 10:18 P

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Thanks for your sharing Margo. Hopes this helps you Nimbus Been.
It is good to pay attention to our bodies and keep trying things that might work for us individually. True - what works for one may not work for another.

MaryBeth from Ontario


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I'm noticing more and more as I get older and older :-) that change takes time, not just effort. When I was younger (I'll be 63 next birthday) I tended to think in straightforward terms like goals were literal math problems (eat 500 fewer calories a day and lose 1 pound a week) and if you just did the "math" you'd get the correct "answer".

But I have learned, have gained the wisdom :-) to realize that people are not simple like things; that the body has it's own, way-too-complicated math that we humans haven't quite figured out yet. Even just thinking about arthritis:

"While arthritis can be quite severe and disabling for some patients, some individuals have what looks like significant arthritis on an X-ray but they have no pain, or they just notice a little stiffness."

From: orthopedicsinternational.com/conditions-an
d-treatments/arthritis/


So, I have learned to work with my body, on my own, and see what helps me and what doesn't. Along the way, I have learned that testing various combinations of trial-and-error healthier diets, weight loss, exercise, vitamins/mineral/supplements, medicines, etc. takes a longish time! Sometimes though, I get discouraged or think something doesn't work only to realize many weeks or even months later that it actually might?

Two or three months ago I bought an expensive special pillow to help with my shoulder arthritis. It may/may not but I cannot use it sleeping because it is not comfortable and, I don't "want" to change how I have been sleeping for 63 years? :-) The pillow is now at the top of my closet. It was pretty much last in my list of things I have tried for the past 8-10 months to try to help my shoulder pain.

I wanted a sleep number bed but my husband did not want to pay that kind of money without knowing if it was truly "worth it" (and there's no way to know that without trying it?) and with the pillow not working, I gave up caring about pushing for a new bed, even though my husband was complaining about the old one too. But we were out on another errand in our neighborhood and my husband went one place but I had him drop me off at a cheap furniture store and I checked out the mattresses. I was tired of my husband refusing to even go into a furniture/mattress store and think about what we might want to do about the one we had that we both did not like.

When my husband came back from his chore to pick me up, I dragged him into the other-customer-empty, cheap furniture store and had him try the two possible mattresses I'd picked out. He picked one and we bought it on the spot and they delivered it 3 hours later and took away our old one. Done deal and my husband loved the mattress. I didn't care, it seemed similar to our last one and I had no expectations or excitement about it. Sure enough, a couple weeks later I was not feeling any different; it had not "helped" me at all other than getting one more chore resolved so I didn't have to think about it anymore. We had an inexpensive new mattress my husband liked and I did not dislike.

However, now a couple months later, I'm noticing that my shoulder arthritis is better, I do not wake in the night (or next morning) ever feeling like someone has ripped off both my arms and I get up at night and go downstairs maybe once every two weeks instead of two or three nights every week. Is it the new mattress or the more consistent taking of vitamins I'm doing? I'm not sure, it could be both; but now I at least know it is possible to feel better.

But, thinking of the new mattress; I have arthritic knees too, from falling on them too often :-) and in the next couple days I have to get them xrayed for my doctor who I see Tuesday after next. A week or two ago I would have told you how it is often very painful to climb the steps to the second floor of my townhouse but it hasn't been recently? What's with that? Doesn't sound like the mattress at work to me (though it could be).

About 4 or 5 days ago I came down with bronchitis; I have asthma so that is a real concern; I ended up ambulanced to the ER in January 2012 with that combination! This time I have been working dilligently to monitor and help my breathing, knowing what could happen. Funny thing though, the knee and even the shoulder have gotten especially better in this period I've been coughing up my lungs? Have you ever noticed that; when you have a problem and get another, "worse"/more immediate problem, sometimes the first problem takes a break?

Just paying attention to myself and my health helps (and entertains :-) me.

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 6/28/2013 (13:21)

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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QUENNEVILLE
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6/21/13 9:38 P

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I am one of the younger ones who has had a successful total right hip replacement. For the elderly, I am not sure what to tell you. My mother-in-law has three forms of arthritis and has had it for many years but I never heard her do a lot of complaining. Guess she just accepted it for what it is and she is an overweight woman too. She is in her eighties and now resides in a nursing home because of dimentia. Confused but always appears to be happy. She sits in a wheelchair but can still do a bit of walking with assistance.

I hope others can give you some insight. Take care.

MaryBeth from Ontario


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6/19/13 2:13 P

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Are there any success stories out there for people like me ?
Elderly, in pain, overweight, and struggling ? I enjoy reading the success stories here on Sparks and think what various people have achieved is simply awesome and congratulatory. But it seems they are all young, and on their ways to healthy lifestyles and they are to be commended. How about us Oldies? Anyone out there who has achieved their goals and with their tips on how they did it ?

We are all involved in this journey called Life. We need to watch out for, support and encourage each other.
Only journeying here, with my cyber friends will see success ! Thank you to all who care.

"Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry; our lives are woven together for a reason.


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