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Calling people with Osteoarthritis in the hip - help!

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.
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    My left hip gives me a lot of pain. I find even shopping for grocery painful and noticed my left knee is becoming very painful too. I am 45 years old and my doctor told me that I am too young to have the operation even though I have moderate damage in my hip...soooo I now am on hrt as well which made my weight issue even worse because I am not loosing weight but slowly gain. I jumped from 65 kg to 68 in about 1 and half year....walking becomes painful very very quickly for me let alone running or dancing... *pout*
    Does anyone have any idea of any exercise that would help me burn some carbs without having to walk, hop, run or jump? I would be so grateful if anyone has any idea to give me some help.....
    1762 days ago
    Hi Reffie,
    I have Psoriatic Arthritis which has affected most of my body. While there are still many different types of exercise I can do, movement in water is the absolute best for painful times! Somehow, no matter how much pain you might be feeling, you don't feel it while in water. See if you can find an aquacize class nearby or even just go to a swimming pool and move continuously. It has definitely kept me mobile! emoticon
    1973 days ago
    I don't suffer with arthritis in my hips but in the knees. Like you they always hurt, it's just a matter of degree, I was diagnosed at 19 with the arthritis and my weight issues certainly didn't help matters. I think we have to listen to our body at times, my knees are why I haven't started running yet because every time I try the pain is so extreme. Strength training for my legs and knees has helped a great deal and in time, I am hopeful that I'll run. So I guess my suggestion is to not push it too hard, last thing you want is to make matters worse. Try modifying some of that lateral movement in Zumba and see if that helps and perhaps even speak with the instructor for possible modifications or other movements you can do to substitute for the biggest offenders to your hip. Also, I would think a physiotherapist would be able to give you guidelines of what to avoid to protect your hip and what would best strengthen it.
    1977 days ago
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