44 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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This week I hit a very important anniversary for the hips, it marks 10years, yep that’s right 10YEARS since my first big surgery on the hips. Note I say BIG surgery, as prior to this I had, had a bursa removal with IT Band lengthening.

I had a triple pelvic osteotomy (pelvis broken in 3 places and realigned) and femoral osteotomy (which lengthened my leg 2 inches) as you can see below I was Wonky!!

So much has happened since then, it makes me realise how far I’ve come, I’ve had 3 lots of metal work removed since, I’ve had a arthoscope on opposite hip since (where they shaved the femoral head, and removed the labrum) I’ve had 4 steroid injections and 2 manipulations under anaesthetic. Another triple pelvic osteotomy, and a femoral derotation (twist the femur to opposite direction of tib/fib bone) osteotomy!! Then this hip replacement, all done on the other hip!

I got a dvt, from ankle to thigh, nearly died. But I’ve come through it, and though it took 3years completely to recover. I’ve learnt to walk again countless times, I’ve used a walker, crutches and walking sticks for 10years, it’s art of my life now.

And the point of all this, to to acknowledge it was hard, can be still hard. But I’ve come a long way and I’ve come out the other side. I would do it all again to rid myself of that awful life consuming pain.

I’m not pain free or walking aid free, but I’m so much better than I ever was. I was housebound at one point with no hope of it changing. Until these surgeries and constant (Done for the last 10years) physio. Never underestimate how good physio can be for yourself.

Getting out and about is my greatest achievement since, it’s been a long journey. But walking is my simplest pleasure and I never take it for granted.

Still have a stick but I’m incredibly grateful to it now, instead of embarrassed by it.

Week 43 post #HipReplacement

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Now time is slowing down, so is progress, the whole squelchy hip feeling has put me backwards in terms of progression and recovery.

I’ve been able to do most things I want to do, except the leaning forwards, and shave my leg (This is too hard at the moment)

So it’s been a resting week, as I felt the hip really needed it after the last 2 weekends were full and chaotic, not giving the hip chance to properly recover.

My left one is aching more, could be because I’m relying on it more, or the colder weather I’m not sure yet.

It was also my physio appointment this week too, so after discussing the whole squelchy feeling and what triggers it, it was time to get down to business and work this leg out.

Or not as the case turned out to be!!

After describing the whole issue I’d been having, and following the therapists full leg examination, where we position the leg in various ways, and on touching the IT band area, it was super super sore!! And extremely tight. We conclude it’s an IT Band injury.

ITB Anatomy

The iliotibial band is a thick band of fibrous tissue that starts at the hip, goes down the outer thigh, crosses the side of the knee joint and connects to the shinbone. The band stabilizes the hip and knee joint. High-impact activities, especially running, place stress on it. Patients commonly experience ITB tightness after a hip replacement, which restricts joint mobility.

So the plan is to do these 5 times a day, with a hold of 5 seconds.


This stretch helps release tension in the glutes, which can lead to IT band issues. On an exercise mat, lie face up with your knees bent and feet flat. Raise left foot to the ceiling and hold the grasp just below the knee to hold it up. Then, pull the foot toward your chest, turning the shin to the side so it’s almost perpendicular to your body. Hold the stretch, then repeat on opposite leg. For a deeper stretch, keep non-stretching leg extended on the floor as you stretch.

Back in a weeks time to assess the outcome of the stretches and see if there’s any improvement.

Week 41 +42 Post #HipReplacement

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This week has been full on, coming back from camping, and unpacking and washing everything.

Then re-packing again for a romantic getaway to Boscastle, it’s for the #DarkGathering which happens the Saturday before Samhain (Halloween) so a cottage is booked and I can’t wait.

But in my haste I’ve bent forwards again to pick a mirror off the floor, and the hip did/does a weird squelchy feeling, it is a fast reminder not to do it, it is the oddest feeling and I feel sick when it happens.

I’ve googled it and I can’t find anything about this sensation. I will keep an eye on it, rest while I can, and vow never to bend like that again!!

Week 38 Post #HipReplacement

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So much has happened in the space of a week, my youngest has been at uni for a week (well more like 10days as this goes live) and let me tell you, that’s been an adjustment for sure, coupled with many tears. Happy ones as I’m proud, but I do so miss her, and worry too. Thank heavens for video calling on whatsapp.

My Left hand injection was over a week ago, still painful memories. Fun Fact: I can hear it grinding when I move it too Ouchie!!

And I’ve helped (bossed and kept company, so not really helping) my second eldest daughter move from Llandudno to Manchester.

All the while, we’ve had horrendous rain, which has hugely increased pains and aches all over. Most notably end of stem aches (mid thigh right leg) and groin right leg, left hand and left ankle. I kinda feel like emigrating to a warm country!! Less pain then. Is this all just Arthritis or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, either way it’s pretty miserable body wise at times.

Even with the aches and pains, I’m LOVING my hip replacement!! It’s holding up so well, I’m so glad I did it. I struggle at times, but it’s the other hip failing me now.

37 weeks post #HipReplacement + Day 1- 5 of steroid injection

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Apologies it’s a large post

I’m 37 weeks post #hipreplacement and yes I still use my walking stick, though not while hand is heavily splinted and sore from injection. yes I’m still on painkillers, but not for this hip, it really is a lot better. An odd twinge here and there, and occasionally groin pain as discussed previously. But overall I’m really happy. Anyone else still get these twinges this far post op?

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Left hip well that’s a whole other story lately, at times it feels unstable, and like it’s pushing out the front?? God knows why, this is meant to be my good hip!! That’s a depressing realisation. Hoping it’s from holiday and me wearing it out. It’s either a flexor issue or dreaded bursitis.

Knees should I mention them? They often feel twisted and want to give way. But it’s not a full year yet, so it could be residual from surgery, like previous times.

What I do need to do is get back into a physio routine, and work on my weight loss again. It’s been put by the sideline while family duties are more important.

Steroid injection in CMC joint.

See original post of the Day I had it done here

On the Day, Day One
On the day it was STIFF I couldn’t move it much at all, and it nagged a dull ache all day. Had to take ibuprofen and cocodamol tablets to help ease it. Could not function normally at all, husband had to do everything for me, even dress. It’s so sensitive and achy, I don’t remember it ever being this bad before.

Wearing my splint to help protect from use and from knocking it accidentally. It’s very very painful still.

And come the night time, I sobbed because I caught the thumb on my trousers!! What ridiculous pain, hope it settles down.

Day Two

Sleep was hard, fear of knocking it while I relaxed was very very real, and in the end I fashioned a way of having it away from me, but sleep quality wasn’t great. I was soon up with pain awakening me at 6am.

So I got up to remove splint to give it a rest, and put on ibuprofen gel, and take cocodamol. Slight movement in thumb, but still painful and extremely stiff. So another rest day for it.

Though physio is later on today, hoping to splint it and keep it out of the way as much as possible.

Survived the physio, but hand aching as I left (though I never used it)

Come tea time I started to get facial flushing on the one cheek. Expected this side effect as I’ve had it before.

Day Three

Starting to be able to move the thumb at long last. Don’t ever remember the other ones taking this long. It’s not full function, but any movement is better than none.

Can comfortably pinch movement to middle finger, I can do third finger but that makes it sore. So best not too push it too much. No strength in the pinch action though, so can’t pick things up, or do a tap etc. Now typically other thumb is painful from doing all the work of both hands.

Ended up crying once again, obviously overdid it in usage and paid the price. Also think the steroid makes me more emotional too? Sharp pains at the back of the hand. Will it settle down? I knew it would ache more, but this a very different experience to the 2 times before.

Day Four

I tried yesterday without a splint much, but it hurt more than I thought was worth it, so ended up splinting it again. Having to gel both thumbs now, as they are both stiff and painful, though now right thumb is that white hot pain from arthritis. And left is the stiffness pain from injection.

Let’s see if I can make it without crying? Why did I do this again? Oh yeah because it was so painful, so I swapped one pain for another? But I can finally reach the pinkie, stiff and sore but it reaches. Shoelaces are so hard to do still, but it’s improving.

Day Five

Feeling a lot more like myself, now I’m seeing a light on the horizon. Sleeping better, though still a little extra emotional.

Only taking ibuprofen tablets and gel now as well, so huge improvement on that. Using splint a bit less now so that’s good. Having a day out using my walking stick, so using the splint for that.

Physio appointment day

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Well this is going to be fun, not done any physio for weeks. And now my hand (left) is absolutely useless, as it’s so painful from the steroid injection.

Hoping I can nurse the hand while working out the hips. I will wear the splint to protect it as well.

Sidenote, tiny bat was in the corridor, he made my day.

Thankfully none of the exercises I did needed my hand.

Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins

Side Leg Raise (ankle weighted) x 15reps

Supine Hip Abduction (ankle weighted) x 15reps

Supine Hip Abduction (Resistance Band) x 15reps

Prone Knee Raise (ankle weighted) x 15reps

We tried 2 new exercises to me, to test out the hips (both sides)

Sumo squat, (pivot on foot, to face opposite way) x 8reps each side

Knees hurt doing that one.

Bosu Ball Side Lunges x 5reps each side

Had parallel bars to stabilise myself, right knee hated this exercise the most.

On Holiday with a #HipReplacement 36 weeks post op

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It was lovely to get away on holiday finally and soak up some sunshine, and warmth into my bones. This is the first time aboard with my new implant.

And it was quite different to other holidays that have been marred completely with pain and immobility. But it also wasn’t the completely ‘normie’ holiday I was expecting either.

Rather it was something in between. A limbo of sorts. Pain in the hip has definitely decreased and that is wonderful, but the knees and back take the hips old role. So the walking stick still ever present to keep me stable. Thankfully I took this and my splint for me hand, both in constant use.

My hands pain did improve while away, though of course using the walking stick does hurt the hand greatly. Using the splint at night helped, as well as my ibuprofen gel. Well worth taking with me. It was even heavenly on my aching swollen feet and ankles.

As I said in a previous post, I had a slight accident on the flight over to Rhodes, where my leg was trapped from people rushing to get passed me, so the ‘good’ leg looked unsightly all week.

This is how it looked on the first morning on holiday.

But it got a lot worse over time. And the leg seemed to collect bruises all over it, I counted 20 at one point.

Last day the bruise finally looked like it was going. The knee gave me some issues especially day 5 onwards, super squeaky if pressed and sharp pains on heel strike while walking.

I’ve noticed I can barely swim now, the tiredness and ache the leg experiences is something I’ve not had before. I’m usually a very very strong swimmer, but now not at all. I will work on this though. Wonder if other hippies have experienced this?

Overall though what a brilliant time away, and the sunflower lanyard certainly worked and helped on the way home, twice I didn’t have to queue as long as everyone else, and honestly it was much needed and appreciated help!! Thank you airport staff. Pride had stopped me so many times, and even taking photos I would push the stick away. Hiding the real truth. But here it is and me, as it’s as part of me as anything else! Here’s to admitting you can’t do everything. And some help can really change your outlook on some experiences.

Week 35 post #hipreplacement

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A quick relaxing break away before it’s all change and our youngest daughter paves her own path in life, when she starts university once we are home. So this week away is our last family holiday. So clinging onto the last second while we can.

So first aboard holiday with my hip replacement, I can honestly say I had envisioned that I would be skipping off into the sunset. And reality is, I’m still taking my walking stick, taking tramadol and ibuprofen, my splints and compression gloves. So there’s no rest or break away from health issues sadly.

I am armed with my sunflower lanyard for hidden disabilities, my first time ever using one for the airport.

Though with a splint on my hand and walking stick, I’m not sure it’s hidden!!

It helped with the security queue, though not mentioned I was ushered into a faster line, very professional. Once there though I was put into the x-ray machine is it? Then patted down, then with the wand all over, yes hip did bleep. I wore leggings so it would be easier to see that it’s my hip. They removed my hand splint, and put that through the machine, as well as my walking stick. Extremely thorough!!

Flight went ok, nothing to report, except I knew it would ache and it did, so plenty of fluids to help combat that, and moving the leg to prevent stiffness.

I will say I’m extremely disappointed that so many people will push in, shove and rush past me to get ahead. I was squeezed into a chair arm rest and this was the result.

The rush to get a seat on the bus was hilarious, and so obviously I’m slower,so I had to stand, complete with full death grip on pole and walking stick!!

But finally we arrived, middle of the night so it was a quick brew and water to drink then bed. Shattered.

But I’m determined to enjoy myself and kickback and forget my worries, if only for a week.

Catch you laters my lovelies.

Week 34 post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a weird old summer holidays, we’ve had a lot to do especially in the month of August. So fitness, physio has taken a back seat of late.

But Tuesday saw me heading off to physio at the hospital. Where after over two weeks from doing any physio at home, it was a killer workout.

We did the usual

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 20reps
  • Single leg hip bridges x 15reps
  • Single leg raise ankle weighted x 15reps
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted x 15reps
  • Kettle bell squats x 15reps
  • Walking lunges with dumbbells x 20reps
  • Duck walking green banded x 20reps

Walked, well waddled out thinking OMG my groin is killing me, I do hope this pain settles down, it feels exactly like before surgery!! Physio thinks it may be osteophytes or loose bone spurs, so need to keep an eye on this pain, and see what activities cause it most.

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Then Wednesday I had to see the council about a blue badge, as I feel I benefit a lot from one, parking closer at times is a godsend. So armed with letters, splints, compression gloves and prescriptions (as they ask for them all) answering questions, and hoping for a good outcome. But it’s a 4 week wait to find out. I’d say fingers crossed but that’s not going to happen with my Hands!! Not feeling hopeful though.

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Thursday it’s MiCats for my hands, been waiting for this appointment since April. I’m hoping but also dreading it, as I’d like the steroid injections, but I know they hurt a lot too.

Gutted the ultrasound machine wasn’t available, so my earliest possible date for a steroid injection is 23rd September, I think I’m just doing the left hand first (walking stick hand) and have an open appointment for 3 months so I can return for the right hand.

Week 32 post #hipreplacement

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Well that was a week, that’s for sure!! I struggled, I moaned and I rested. And you know what, I do feel better for it. So it was worth the agony of resting.

So the week started with a renewed rigor of wanting to workout, and do some physio. But remembering to not over do it. However, it didn’t go exactly to plan as we decided to use this rare sunny day to have a nature walk instead.

Which honestly worked the glues on the right side immensely!! Still ZERO feeling on the left side. The uneven terrain helped to build up my leg stability, and pushed the ankles to work harder, as well as the knees too.

From this walk I did feel some groin pain in the right, my thigh on the right side. Left side the knee was angry. But maybe I need this more? As it challenges the lower body more. I had to use a stick in places too. And really remember to point my foot forwards on the left side, (it has a habit of going sideways when I’m tired)

Following this, obviously I couldn’t go hardcore the next day. So I opted for very gentle physio.

  • Ball squeeze ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeeze knees 20reps
  • Ball between knees hip bridges 20reps
  • Hip flexion (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip abduction (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension forwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension backwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Heel to butt 20reps
  • Mini squat 20 reps

Nice and slow, with no added weights on the ankles, and using no resistance bands. I’m eager to move but not adding extra stress to the joint either.

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This resonates with me so much. As it’s not an easy fix.

Wednesday (when I’m posting this post) I did the same routine as Tuesday, and so far it’s going well, not too stressful and certainly not making things too painful either.

Thursday is the day off any physio, as it’s Chester Uni visit day, to finalise paperwork for my daughter’s course, and sneak a peek at the accommodation as well. It’s starting to feel very very real now.


Friday it is our daughters birthday so another rest day. And of course I will be eating cake too.