1yr Post #HipReplacement appointment

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Another milestone hit, it’s finally here my 1year Post Hip Replacement appointment. Although it’s technically 13months post op.

I went in fully prepared to say what I needed to say, I even wrote it down too, Nervous but intrigued. I dressed with no metal on my trousers so I would be as fast as lightening in the x-ray department. Which I scan safetly say with confidence I’m the fastest x-rayer!!

I requested my consultant, but alas it wasn’t meant to be, I ended with a Registrar instead.

This is last year’s x-ray. I can see a tiny spot now I’m home and studying x-ray on the bone.

Today’s (tuesday) xray and OMG it’s still there but moved.

No real explanation to why I still get groin pain, and stem pain. Except he reminded me it was never a normal hip replacement, it said it’s more like a revision one, because of the extensive work I’ve had done prior to this implant. So he said it would be 10 times longer to recover. So I’m prepared to work more and wait.

He watched me walk, we discussed quad weakness and my struggling to do stairs, the quads would explain that. And knee pain too. So more years until it evens itself out. He checked the ranges and was happy on the replaced hip, but noted the limitation on the left one.

We discussed that I have no pain in the left just very restrictive, so he suggests I leave the replacement in that side until I do have pain, so the success is greater. And it also gives this side more time to fix itself better too, without adding more stress and weight to it.

So although I was originally disappointed to hear the initial results of expected pain for a while yet, and using stick too (Will it ever go, will I ever ditch the limp), and not to replace hip for a long time yet, when I was totally expecting too in a year’s time. I feel slightly better about it now.

He asked if I was happy with the leg length, and I casually said yes. But now I’m home and freaking out, am I happy with the length? Is there a difference?

So I’m not back for a year, well sooner if need to be seen. But if not another year and we can discuss if progress has actually been made or not. And see how the left is holding up. Pleased I saw no damage to the stem or around the acetabular cup, as they were my greatest fears.

And with that I hobbled myself out, with the worse gait you’ve ever seen!! Damn it

* once home I noticed a white dot on the x-ray next to the hip replacement, so I looked at older x-ray and it was there too, but more on edge of the bone. So I think it’s a rogue staple left in!!*

Valentine’s? Nah it’s Physio time!!

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I don’t do Valentine’s I confess, as I am happily married and we show acts of love everyday, which doesn’t cost a thing.

And we often have date nights, special events and outings, that this really is another day to me. Though we are planning a nice bottle of wine and roast dinner.

Though I was spoilt this week with something I’ve wanted for a while. It’s a Bosu ball, so I can do the same physio at home as I do at the hospital.

It makes one legged lunges and step ups so much harder, so less reps but works the muscles so much more. Great for helping with balance too, when your foot isn’t level. It works all the micro muscles we don’t think about.

So it’s off to the hospital and get ready for a beasting physio session. The last one before I see the surgeon too.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 4mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 20reps
  • Trampoline marching x 1min
  • Bosu ball side lunges x 16reps
  • Upside down Bosu ball x 10 reps
  • Bosu ball 1 legged squats x 10reps
  • Green resistant band Duck walking x 20reps

Thank goodness for parallel bars as these exercises would NOT be possible. And I’m glad I have nothing else to do afterwards, as she always makes me almost crawl out. Bambi legged.

Happy Hippy 1st Birthday

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Whoa I’m actually at 1yr Birthday for my hip replacement. To celebrate I’ve been putting it through it’s paces,well as much as I can while not damaging the other one.

So for last week’s physio we did

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 15reps
  • Kettle bell stand up/sit downs x 15mins
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats (with parallel bars) x 15reps
  • Flat Bosu ball side lunges (with parallel bars) x 15reps each side
  • Trampoline marching x 5mins
  • Dumbbell walking lunges x 15reps each side
  • Resistance band squat walking x 15reps each side.

Holey mother that was a tough one, but I can see and feel improvement. So though I feel like I’m going to die afterwards I can only hope I fix faster and stronger.

We also walked in the countryside and saw beautiful Herons and Ducks too. The fresh air after being indoors all Christmas was perfect for my mind.

Walked with a walking pole, which is way way way harder and more taxing than a walking stick. So this was seriously putting me through the paces.

At the top of the socket, there’s a screw, which I’m sure is causing pain where I’d put my hands, if I was putting my hands on my hips. The cold recently is making it nag.

Had a truly epic enjoyable time, very grateful that determination and medication gets me through it. Though I will need days and days off to recover from it.

Knees are not improving when I go up and down stairs,they are still my nemesis

51 Weeks Post #HipReplacement #Blogmas

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As this year winds down, and my first year post op anniversary/birthday approaches, I am taking stock over what this year has entailed.

And my biggest thing is, I’ve smiled more this year than I have in 10years. I’ve had an incredible year, which I definitely put down to the successful hip replacement. And though me still needing a walking stick, meds and hot water bottles may not seem a success to you, for me it’s still a huge improvement.

Fitness is nowhere near where I want it to be, nor is my weight. But I’m finding that I care less and less recently, rather I’m enjoying life and all the new experiences this hip is allowing me. Ever mindful I have to fix other broken body parts, but I’m focusing on the victory!!

So no New Year New Me, or saying goodbye to the decade with scorn. My last decade I’ve learnt to re- walk 8 times, had 10 surgeries, used a walking frame, bath board, perch, walking sticks, and crutches for every year of the last decade. But each one of those brutal recoveries have got me here today. And for that I’m blessed.

I plan for so many more adventures and walking while other hip allows it.

I am lucky that stunning walks are so close go home, and that my partner loves walking too.

Paths not too uneven, so this helps the warm up and to keep a steady balance.

Hopefully I can do this more if my hip and hands allow. I’m still experimenting with #Etoricoxib tablets for Arthritis I’ve had a weeks worth so far. And while it’s not a 100 percent fix it’s certainly helping.

With that said I will bid you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR, and thank you for all the support of friendship you’ve given me, it means the world.

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 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.

Day 221 post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a horrid week, in physically, mentally and weather wise too.

I’ve wanted to give up at times, I’ve cried such self pitying tears too. And it’s got me nowhere. It’s been the hardest most testing weeks I’ve had, and really none of it is my hip! Well, that’s something I’ve not been able to say since 2005!!

So that’s my silver lining. After all week following Mondays too much physio injury. I’ve felt good hip wise, a bit too good at times so I was sorely tempted to do physio again. But I promised myself I wouldn’t until Tomorrow (following Monday).

When I had injured it, it felt like an intense thigh pain, while also feeling like I was sitting on a ball, when I sat down. I presume it’s muscle, and swelling. Once I rested it soon got better, especially when I added hot water bottles and ibuprofen 400mg X 3 a day.

It’s been all my hands all week, they have felt like lightening, throbbing an swollen and just absolutely agony. I have solidly worn the splints, the gloves and used as much gel as allowed, to get minimum relief. I can’t wait for steroid injections, let’s hope they will do them.

I’m even starting to debate the CMC joint surgery? Has anyone had it? Is this my life now, replacing all the joints and arthritis already at 43?? Will I be more bionic by 50?? At my wit’s end. I’m wondering if I’ll ever drive a car, or will I ever make jewellery again? Stupid joints I hate them.

The week has been difficult and mood so low, not sure if pain or the weather has caused them. But I do now realise I work better mentally with routine, so I’m happy to be getting back into a routine tomorrow, and start off gently again with post op exercises and only 1 set too.

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Week 31 post #hipreplacement

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What do they say? Don’t RUN before you can WALK. Yeah I should listen to that advice!!

After my set back last week, and boy was it a set back!! I’d really pulled my hip, and the thigh swelled up, and felt like a golf ball when I sat down again!! So eager to never cause that again. It’s all change for my physio.

I thought on Monday I would do well, simply doing week 2 version of exercise. (Not my best idea honestly)

  • Hip flexion ankle weights 20 reps
  • Hip abduction ankle weights 20 reps
  • Hip extension backwards ankle weights 20 reps
  • Hip extension forwards ankle weights 20 reps
  • Mini squats 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze between ankles 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze between knees 20 reps
  • Traditional clam raise green banded 20 reps
  • Hip thrusts green banded 20 reps

I added in some free weights for the upper body.

  • Bicep curl 20 reps
  • Shoulder press 20 reps
  • Bicep row 20 reps
  • Tricep kickback 20 reps
  • Chest press 20 reps
  • Tricep overhead 20 reps

These were admittedly too much. I had to wear my splints as well. Hindsight I would say I wasn’t ready Arthritis wise to do these. Broke them down into 2 x 10 reps. My hands have caused a few tears and sobbing events this weekend.

And all was ok, until I needed to go out. And the front of the hip around the hip flexor is now in pain!! An I’m experiencing pain in the right hand side of my stomach, quite low too. So maybe it’s hip related, ie scar tissue, or I’ve pulled something?! Maybe the psoas??

So obviously Tuesday I’ve had to rest so much more, really limiting myself to straining it any further.

So here we are and it’s Wednesday and officially 31 weeks, and I’m nursing sore hip and groin pain. Frustrating but shows how it’s 1 step forward and 2 or 3 steps backwards.

No weight loss this week, but I have gone down in measurements so that’s proper encouraging to me. I take my measurements once a month, as I know this process is super slow compared to able bodied folks.