Anterior Pelvic Tilt

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Mine is back and it’s horrific.

What is it you ask? it’s what I could say is Instagram bum.

Where your lower back throws out your bum, while the whole pelvis tilts forward.

I believe it’s where your Hip Flexors are too tight and short these then pull the pelvis down. While the hip extensors are too loose and long and allow the short flexor the range to pull.

Clearly it’s not by choice to stand like this, and after years of work I had corrected it. But it’s back and it’s time to get to work again.

Dead Bugs are good at helping this out, it’s important to go slowly, and under control. Alternative arm and leg slowly into outstretched, while pulling in the stomach and keeping pelvis in neutral .

Much hated Bridges, but they do help immensely. I too use a band to stop knees from falling outwards. You can add a single leg if you like to make it harder, but for now I’m doing basic.

Just a simple pelvic tilt to help find neutral, can work wonders. Especially to then learn it while standing upright too. I do a few rocks and then settle into neutral for a few breaths.

These Supermen exercises help, but like dead bug but on your knees. Do alternative arm and leg the same, keeping gut sucked in and in a straight line. I find these too hard as my knees hurt.

Let’s hope I can get the results back again, just goes to show physio is really for life and problems soon arise when I stop doing it as regular.

Cold Weather, Cold Joints??

Archive, Arthritis, Covid-19 Lockdown, Covid-19 Week Forty Two, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement, SURGERY

Are you like me and suffering in the cold weather like me? The temperature has dropped here and I’m freezing daily. Even with the heating on!!

There is not one simple explanation as for why dropping temperatures affect your joints.

However 1 theory I can get behind says it relates to drops in barometric pressure, which in turn cause tendons, muscles and the surrounding tissues to expand.

Because of this tight confined space within the body, this can cause pain, especially in the joints affected by arthritis.
Everyone’s body reacts to fluctuating barometric pressures in the air, but people with arthritis and those with chronic pain are alot more vulnerable to feeling discomfort.

Also, it’s well known that bad weather can also affect people’s moods; if you are sad or depressed, the perception of pain can be magnified, and centres your focus on the pain so much more.


I find myself shrouded in hot water bottles, blankets and fluffy pyjamas. Which isn’t all bad, let’s face it, it’s cosy to curl up and watch movies. But it does remind me that this flare I’m in, that it will pass once weather turns, and doing more physio at this time will help with heating me, and lifting my mood before it improves the hips too.

Now where is that book I’m reading. I’m in my igloo of blankets and I’ll see you soon

Happy Hippy Birthday

Archive, Arthritis, Covid-19 Lockdown, Covid-19 Week Forty One, Health, Hips, Hypermobility, Hip replacement, SURGERY

Can you believe it, it’s 2 years today since I had my Hip replacement in Right leg.

And it was the BEST thing I ever did.

I LOVE my replacement and I certainly have no doubts heading for a second one, I can only hope it’s as successful as this one.

I’ve even managed to walk on snow and ice, something I’ve not done without intense fear for over a decade, This time it was just a normal level of caution. And I honestly enjoyed it.

Imagine how confident I can be with 2 Hip Replacements!!

For those that are heading for a replacement, my advice is, don’t look at ridiculous claims of running up mountains after 5 weeks, they are unhelpful and depressing. But celebrate the small victories each time you hit one, like dressing yourself, taking less meds, having a bath etc… I knew at 3months that this surgery was the BEST one yet.

Hip Failure

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Now I know I need another hip replacement surgery, and New Year is here, I decided to set a goal of getting into a routine of Physio again.

I’d really let it slide as I was walking more, but since the hip crack I’ve simply existed and barely moved at all.

Time to change this, as last pre hip surgery I was in a good routine, and although basic and simple it actually was highly affective in helping me recover.

Starting with the Bosu Ball

I do 10 step ups x 2 (left foot first)

10 step ups x 2 (right foot first)

10 lunges x 2 (left foot first)

10 lunges x 2 (right foot first)

Hip flexion 10 reps x 2 (left foot first)

Hip flexion 10 reps x 2 (right foot first)

Hip abduction 10 reps x 2 (left foot first)

Hip abduction 10 reps x 2 (right foot first)

Hip extension 10 reps x 2 (left foot first)

Hip extension 10 reps x 2 (right foot first)

Left Hip is awful, needed a crutch to keep me steady, zero balance on board and in abduction exercises. Thankfully Right Hip is fairing better, though does fatigue rather quickly so will benefit greatly from regular physio exercises.

And so starts our 3rd Lockdown can only hope my Mri isn’t cancelled.

#Blogmas Snow Day

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Wow it’s a Snow day!! It’s been at least three years since we had good snow, and I’m sure it was in March too!!

So as I have nowhere to go, I can appreciate how pretty it is for once. Usually I’m on a walking stick, or crutches and snow scares me.

I feel this calls for a day of movies, hot water bottles and snuggle blankets. Who am I kidding??That’s me everyday lol.

Lovely view in the garden. I know my joints won’t like the cold and damp, but I do love to see it.

#Blogmas Merry Christmas

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Thank you to everyone who has ever read any posts, and supported me along the way.

This space has always been my sanctuary to chronicle my surgery and ehlers danlos syndrome journey.

I’m forever grateful that I’ve met some wonderful friends along the way.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas xx

#Blogmas Winter Walks

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It feels like forever since we went for a walk, it’s not. But the perception of it is.

Due to the car being off the road, we’ve had to shift our access to walks, and go from home. So it’s super gentle and even paths, just muddy as it’s extremely popular with dog walkers.

But hey we have glorious blue skies, and just a slight nip in the air, perfect.

Watching the sun go down always lifts the soul.

Drinking in the views, we are exceptionally lucky to live a few steps away from all of this.

Pay some respects for an ex neighbours plaque, gone far too soon. He would always take the dog down here, so it’s a perfect spot.

Muddy and murky walking back up, hip did not hold out well, and old piriformis flared up too.

Mustn’t grumble though, least we got some fresh air and got away in our minds for a short time.

Now it’s time to kick off shoes and catch up with #WorldsStrongestMan as that’s my personal Christmas tradition.

#Blogmas 3D CT Scan

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While I was awaiting for an Mri minding my own business, believing it’s going to way after Christmas, I get a call out the blue.

It’s the radiology department and they want to book me in, for the 11th Dec and for a CT scan not mri.

So either the registrar was mistaken saying mri or McBryde has decided to skip this step and go in for measurements, I still have my telephone consultation in Jan 2021.

This is so cool to really see the bones in this way. I’m having deja vu as it’s 2 years ago since I did all this on the right hip.

I’m guessing the results will be what is discussed in Jan?!

3D CT scans are often necessary when assessing the shape of the femur (ball) and/or acetabulum (socket) in order to determine the degree of impingement and/or define the amount of bone that must be shaved to correct the underlying problem.

One of the most common reasons patients come in, is after having had hip arthroscopy elsewhere is to correct underlying or unaddressed impingement, and the 3D CT scan helps define the best approach possible in this setting as well.

Obviously I had to go in alone, but the scan itself is very quick, unlike Mri (which was noisy and about 45mins long) CT Scans are a few mins, and I wear all unmetal clothing so like leggings and t-shirt, so no undressing and taking more time up.

My worse part as always is the toes together, it really really hurts me. But just about doable for 2minutes in there.

#Blogmas Festive ish

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It’s a struggle I’ll admit to get to feel festive, not even sure what it even really means either?!

Usually we have the normal triggers of light switch ons, whole streets covered in lights for charity, and visiting Christmas markets, But none of this is available this year.

So how are we going to get in the mood?

First off we did visit the Town, to see the tree and lights, sad to see it so so empty. But I did love the lights, even if we got soaked.

We saw some lovely lights along the drive to town, so it did lift my spirits, especially as I’ve not left the house since my hospital appointment.

We finished our quick wet stroll with gathering up some birthday supplies for next week, and a Chippie tea.

Chicken kebab meat, salad with chips, what an awesome end of the day.

#Blogmas What’s crackalakin??

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My hip is that’s what’s cracking!! It’s decided to now crack at every lift and movement I do, rather loudly at times and certainly painfully too.

And I hear there’s a 6 week wait for the letter to come my way for an Mri date, so that takes me easily to Jan 21 before anymore progress in treatment.

So there’s nothing more I can do, except keep the hips moving as best as I can, nurse it when it’s cold and at its worse, and take more and more painkillers.

The reason I think it’s cracking is one of these three problems. Not the usual Snapping hip syndrome, more internal than that, and more painful than hip flexor issue.

  • An acetabular labral tear is an injury to the tough, flexible cartilage that rings the hip socket, like a gasket. A tear can cause a snapping sensation as well as pain in the groin area. One study found acetabular tears accounted for 80% of intra-articular snapping hip cases.
  • An injury to the articular cartilage, which covers bones’ surfaces where they articulate, or meet up with one another. This cartilage reduces friction between the bones at the joint, and it can be damaged suddenly from a traumatic injury or over time from arthritis.
  • Loose bodies of material in the hip that interrupt the joint’s normal biomechanics and cause a catching or snapping sensation. For example, following a trauma, a fragment of soft tissue or bone can break away and get trapped between the hip’s ball and socket.

Snapping hip due to a cartilage injury may develop suddenly, and may be caused by a fall or other trauma. It is often accompanied by a catching sensation and/or a limited range of motion in the hip.

Nonsurgical Treatments for Snapping Hip Syndrome

Below are nonsurgical treatment typically recommended to alleviate pain caused by snapping hip syndrome: Well I’ve got to try while waiting for treatment.

Rest

People with snapping hip syndrome are advised to avoid the motions that cause the snapping, popping or clicking sensation. Resting limits joint irritation and allows the affected tendon, muscle or bursa to heal. If walking initiates inner snapping hip, the patient may be advised to walk with the affected leg rotated out a bit, as this may minimize hip snapping.

NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors
Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or COX-2 inhibitors for a limited period of time may ease inflammation and hip pain. I already take Etoricoxib for my hands, and it’s not helping with hip pain yet.

Physical therapy
A licensed physical therapist can help loosen tension and encourage healing in the muscles and tendons that cause external and inner snapping hip. A physical therapist may employ:

  • Stretching. People with external hip snapping may benefit from stretching the IT band. People with inner hip snapping may benefit from stretching the hip flexors.
  • Massage. Just as stretching can help loosen tendons and muscles, a deep tissue massage or trigger-point massage can help reduce muscle tension, and reduce snapping hip symptoms.

But I have tried all these, but no luck yet sadly. I would ask for a steroid injection but they never work for my hips.

So I’m at a loss… Let’s hope Christmas can distract me.