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FEAR is something I never expected!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Not in a million years. Now let me explain.

In November I started having severe pain in my hip. It was effecting my workouts and getting progressively worse. So I went to my primary care physician and he sent me to a specialist.

But sometimes ignorance is bliss!! I had e-rays taken and met with the orthopedic specialist. He looked at the x-ray and asked me if it (the hip) was worth saving. Saving???? Was he really saying what I thought he was. The shock must have shown in my face. Then I saw the x-ray. My hip looked like Swiss cheese to say the least. But his attitude didn't help. It went back and forth. First he says that it should be replaced within 18 months, then he says that some of his patients go on for years with bone-on-bone.

Now the fear part comes in. Not about surgery-that part doesn't really bother me. I have talked with others who have had replacements done. Nope, not surgery. Would you believe it's exercise? Yeah exercise. Walking for more than 15 minutes is about all I can do. And no more recumbent bike-the angle for the joints is even worse. Elliptical and stationary bike are ok.

But there is always that little voice in my head keeps reminding me that it IS going to hurt when I stop moving. FEAR of pain is always in my thoughts. No matter how many times I tell myself that that I can handle it (I did have 2 kids after all) there fear is still there. A friend said that I was am only temporarily disabled. DISABLED - not! My epilepsy is a disability. At this point in time, the pain is almost constant and some days are worse than others.

Now to figure out an exercise workout that won't aggravate my hip until surgery (if and when I decide to do this). Now I need to figure out how to stop the fear.
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    I hope the pain subsides. I know it is ongoing. But I sure hope it lessens.
    2281 days ago
    I am going to Sparkmail you !
    2383 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3876543
    I'm sorry you are in pain and hope the solution is less intense than you fear.
    2406 days ago
    Fear can be good, since it makes us "do our homework". Researching to be sure you have the best ortho person you can get, finding exercises that you can do during the wait......
    Do you have a place to swim? Walking in water is less stressful on our joints and you don't have that constant "pounding" as when walking on solid ground.
    2415 days ago
    HI Buddy !! Fear is ONLY "Fear" and once you get to trying things hon,, you CAN Get beyond it. I say "Temporary "disabled" though you do NOT like that term of "Disabiity" its to only say for THE MOMENT being,, you can not do the usual physical limits you could before, however its also a great time to try NEW THINGS to see what else you CAN DO and that my friend,, will help to rebuild up ur body and self confidence !!!

    2415 days ago
  • DBEAU57
    Look at the videos for exercises on SparkPeople. There are some good exercises to do that won't hurt your hip.

    I'm sorry to hear that your hip is so riddled. Is it osteoporosis? I have a vertebrae that has it, and four others with osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis. I am taking calcium supplements and trying to get at least 2 servings of dairy a day in my diet. I also walk and strength train. The strength training is supposed to make bones stronger as well as build muscles.

    After the surgery, you will be a new woman! The fear and pain will be a long-lost memory!

    2416 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    What can you do about it, the fear that is? Fear of pain is a very real and hard to deal with problem. You do not need to stop anything that you can handle and you will only be down for surgery for little time plus the PT people will be in with you almost immediately. They will start you on exercises for your new hip that day or the next and you can do those exercises at any time. You will have a few limitations to worry about. Mostly so you don't go too far and pop the hip out of socket. Get to talking about how surgical pain will be different that the pain you have now plus that is only temporary. You can do this
    2416 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14306202
    Some of the people I have talked to felt better after surgery. No pain except for the surgery pain. The joint pain was gone.

    Try doing what you can when you can and if it hurts, don't do it! (As my late husband the doctor used to say.)
    2416 days ago
    Ortho surgery in today's world is by far your best choice. My wife fell and broke her hip in 2011. She was up and going in 15 days, new hip and all. She is now 61 and has no pain. She is my work out partner and loves the incumbent bike. I forgot to tell you that I have worked in the ortho manufacturing field for 34 years. I have received many hugs from people that were in pain prior to their implants. Go for it. You'll be glad you did. Nothing to fear but fear itself. Please let me know how great you feel after a couple of months with new hips. I recommend the Oxinium hip joints for longevity. Good luck emoticon
    2416 days ago
    I have had similar challenges to face over the years and with my doctors help have been able to find things that work for me. Swimming is usually a good option.
    2416 days ago
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