76 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I have been progressively challenging myself and this hip replacement. This lockdown has pushed us to walk and get out and about. Pushing a lot harder than me doing a workout routine at home.

And living in such beautiful countryside I’m lucky to have challenging hills, rocks, and pathways.

We climbed with flat levelled surfaces, I scrambled up some rocks (the left hip hated every step though)

My biggest challenge was to try and get up some Rocky steps. I wasn’t pretty but I got up there!!

After this epic adventure I won’t lie, I HURT like hell, took days and days to recover.

One day I will have a king of the castle moment like Mr Moon.

For now I can dream. Roll on hip replacement for the left side, I want to be fully bionic!!

Finally some relief, #CmcJointArthritis

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At long long last, after 7 weeks of #SimplyCBD and 23 weeks of #Etoricoxib I have some relief. Though I really need to add those #Paracetamol to achieve it.

Splints are needed still, and the gel, but I’m not having that absolute bone crushing pain, that makes me want to amputate the hands, so that’s a win.

I had to increase the drops of CBD oil from 1 drop x 3 a day to 2 drops x 3 a day, once I hit that amount, I noticed a change. Beforehand it definitely helped with anxiety around pain, and sleep too. But for pain it didn’t. So upping the dose slowly I gradually saw a difference, and I made sure I did it over a menstrual cycle too,which is when my body overall is more painful.

I would still prefer an steroid injection to really kick the inflammation down, and I wouldn’t need splints as much. But still not an option sadly. But maybe soon, now the lockdown is easing off in places.

A big break for 2 weeks in physio, and walking has helped with getting my shoulders and hip pain under control, which allowed me to really work on getting the thumbs also under control. I’m glad I took the pressure off myself, and gave things time to work as well.

Ninth Week #SelfIsolation

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Lockdown has been adjusted slightly, though none of it relates really to myself. Though we eagerly await being allowed to empty campus rooms.

Now the exercise can be more than once a day, and for as long as you like,and even drive to it, in my wildest dreams I can’t personally walk more than once a day, but it does help fitter and healthier people.

Driving to exercise definitely helps me, means I can walk more local remote areas, without being done in hipwise before I’ve left the street.

Mentally I feel a weight has been lifted, anxiety has dampened down, now it’s just the sadness of missing my daughter’s birthdays, wedding anniversaries, grandchildren’s birthdays and it looks like father’s day is off the cards like mother’s day was too.

Being able to walk the waterways has given us some great opportunities to watch the sun go down, and reconnect with energies that help us feel grounded.

Easing off finally pain wise from that dreadful flare up, still taking my CBD oil on top of Paracetamol and Etoricoxib. And it’s going well, I’ve resisted to taking tramadol which I’m pleased about. The CBD oil I would say eased anxious thoughts, helped me relax around my pain, which in turn eases the flare. But I’m unsure if time itself would of also done this. So I’m continuing, and seeing of the cycle of huge flare around menstruation time pops up again and if it helps.

I’ve taking a backseat with my fitness programme as I had too, now it’s more walking based and some joint stability exercises. Rather than exercise to lose weight (Though I know I’ve gained weight sadly) I’m also still learning my languages, as I was before the lockdown. I do these for my own sanity and not from enforced lock down.

19 Weeks #Etoricoxib

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I’ve had to finally ring the GPs as I’ve been struggling a lot pain wise, out of sheer desperation I rang before putting in my repeat. I can honestly say I’m having the biggest flare I’ve personally ever had. Wonder if it’s lockdown related?

After a lengthy intro on covid and how to ring 111, I finally got to a human to book a telephone appointment, and it was literally in 5 mins, so that was fast.

We talked through the pros and cons on all other meds I’ve tried in the past, like pregablin (made me slur and fall over, not good when you already have mobility issues) amitriptyline (groggy forgetful and felt like death) naproxen (heart racing and no sleep for days)

We’ve sadly concluded that while steroid injections are NOT allowed here, I have to go and use the pain killer ladder,which is my splints gel paracetamol, etoricoxib and tramadol (reluctant to use as I hate the side effects) I had no choice but to agree.

They sent me a new gel to try, Ive only had over the counter ibuprofen gel before. Now I have this

Still testing my #SimplyCBD and it’s been just over 2 weeks, I will say no change yet in pain levels, but as ever some things take time. Perhaps while in a huge flare it’s unfair to judge, so I’m going to continue and try and get on top of this flare up, and see how it all goes. I’d rather this work than me taking tramadol again!! It took a lot of pain sweat and tears to come off that.

Walking Unaided Week 69 Post #HipReplacement

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I’m FINALLY doing it, not always especially well. And often with a bigger pay back than I’d like. But it’s a foundation to work upon.

My desire to ease the pain and disfigurement to my walking stick hand has drove me to walk unaided, regardless of trendelenburg gait. I’m experiencing the biggest arthritis flare I’ve ever had, could this be lockdown related?

The walks are usually pretty flat and even ground, as I’m not looking to run before I can master a real walk.

Sadly the walks we’ve had have featured some nasty fires lately, probably due to the lovely weather we’ve had, making everything so dry.

Air was heavy with the scent of smoke and burnt trees. Sad to see it damaged. But from this we’ve seen new life sprout up already in a week.

My biggest issue with walking unaided is obviously the fatigue afterwards,it’s all too consuming. And secondly is the pain which spikes up. Then thirdly is the swelling the leg always has afterwards. Measuring on average 2 inches fatter than opposite hip.

For now I’m enjoying the accomplishment of walking unaided, even if it does cost me a few days to recover from.

68 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I’m missing my physiotherapist for sure. But I decided to not let my physio routine slip. Though with my hands and hips I’ve had more flare ups since this all happened, wonder if connected with stress and anxiety??

Most days I’m doing static physio exercises, incorporating the Bosu ball as it’s amazing for balance and micromovements in the muscles. Feels like for less exercise I’m working the joints more.

While I feel improvement at home, I’m definitely NOT with walking, which is a huge disappointment if I’m honest. My hand is wrecked from my walking stick, it’s also dislocating/subluxing my shoulder too!!

So new goals I need to try and walk without it, but I’m still struggling distance with it. Catch 22. Though I have managed some walking without it (heavenly) while it lasted.

Walks are beautiful though and great for my mentality too. I’m just so so broken afterwards. Like 5 days totally off exercise and much movement after a walk. Anyone else? Leg swells up too.

The gradient is flat and not hilly really, even base too. So confused as too why it’s still causing so much groin pain.

At least it was a good opportunity to test the hip out, it’s just a shame I can’t ask for advice or see the therapist about it all.

17 Weeks #Etoricoxib

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Its been a struggle, the last few weeks my hands have FLARED up so so bad. Each night it’s at its worst, feeling like they are being crushed in a vice, but they are simply resting.

My worst hand is this left one, the one I daren’t ever have injections I again after that disaster last time. Random swellings and crushing sensations in this one every day and night.

Right one better but not 100 percent. Has now weirdly developed a dip or dent where the joint is. It’s new to me, though I know others have it. Not sure why it’s appeared at all.

Feel like I need to discuss medication with the GP but also terrified to go. Not even sure there is anything they can do, I know I need surgery, but until I walk unaided it’s not even an option 😭😭😭 Has anyone else had an increase in pain?

Decided to source the 8 paracetamol a day, and take my etoricoxib as planned too, with an additional cbd oil. Could be pure placebo,or snake oil. But I’m willing to give it a chance, anything to settle these hands down. Started on Friday, so let’s see how this works out.

14 weeks #Etoricoxib

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Onto starting my third month of these, my second month at 90mg dose. And I am seeing and feeling an overall better relief. I have 8 left but ordered more, and I’m hoping they stay available.

It’s not a total relief, but better. Although this last week, I’ve found my #Arthritis as a whole has massively flared up, probably triggered from poorer sleeping, the time of the month!! As this makes all my joints super loose, thanks to #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

Joint slipped out again recently, so I spent the night wide awake, feeling like the thumb was being crushed! Only ice and freeze gel got me through the night, with lots of tears too.

I would take the 8 paracetamol I’m meant too, but the world went mad, and there’s never any available. So I’m rationing the ones I have.

And like others, I have no chance of any treatments either, as all OT, Physio and Micats are cancelled.

What a week of change!! First Week #SelfIsolation

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Last week I was discussing self isolation and how as a disabled person it wouldn’t be any different from my main life.

How wrong was I? It is different, we can no longer see family members, in fear we catch something, or worse pass it on to loved ones. The threat and fear of medication storages are luming in the back of my mind.

And the staggering dismissal of the deaths as they have pre existing conditions have floored me. Do they not realise, it’s not just end of life people, but people that could live another 50+ years in normal circumstances.

But here we are it’s anything but Normal is it? Schools shut indefinitely, so we collected our youngest daughter on Thursday 19th March so she wouldn’t be stuck up there alone. Though I worry equally about my other three daughters and their families.

The world is different and how different it stays remain to be seen. I’m not ashamed to say I could cry, scream, feel helpless and almost driven mad with what ifs. But I know it won’t help.

All I can do, is reduce the amount I eat and treat it with mindfulness so I can go without more, which in turn means less trips out to supermarkets.

Try to occupy my mind (As that’s my worse enemy) and perhaps step away from social media as much as possible. Everything feels so trivial in comparison to this.

So far we can still walk in the countryside, so I’m doing this for pure mental health, and vitamin D. I can handle the pubs, restaurants and cases, and retail shops shut. But it’s the but wrenching feeling, that you may never hold loved ones again, parents, grandchildren, children. It’s totally Heart breaking.

We celebrated Ostara in the woods, it felt good to have brisk winds whip around our faces, it feels good to be alive. The blue skies and birdsong lifts the spirits, and it was good to snatch that freedom of outside. I have no problems of avoiding shops, pubs but being outdoors is what feeds my soul.

Self Isolation

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As a person that is usually stuck indoors, my only appointments are being at the hospital physio once a fortnight (I’ve cancelled for a month) or going out for a brisk walk. Me being trapped inside is nothing new to me.

First thing first, stay in a routine. It’s important to get up and dressed, especially as depression and apathy will take hold if you don’t. It’s better to structure your day, as you feel more productive.

So what can we do

DIY,Garden

If you are able bodied, then maybe is a this time to catch up on all the diy you’ve been meaning to do. I would love to do this, but it isn’t possible sadly. I can’t even garden, not that I have green fingers either though.

Exercise

I personally wear myself out with daily physio,so not only am I working the leg out and trying to ease arthritis symptoms, it occupies my mind too. I find it fills a lot of my day up, as I need a long time after to recover from it too. Great mood booster though.

Craft, Hobbies

I love crafts, I have made jewellery, papercutting and I love colouring in books too, they ease the mind and fill up good chunks of time. This for me is limited now due to my hand arthritis. But I love them when it’s possible.

Reading

Who doesn’t have a book list as long as their arm, but always feel like they have no time to read. Well now you do, it is one of the most peaceful times to snatch for yourself. I’m going to re-read the Ink Heart trilogy and Beautiful Creatures.

Prime,Now,Netflix

It is a good time to catch up on tv series, binge watch all that you have saved. I have a love of European Netflix shows,a good scandi noir helps me through the long days. The Flash, Altered Carbon, Elite, Stockholm Requiem.

Organise Wardrobes

I actually badly need to do this myself. I literally live in work out wear and pjs. But I have clothes for every occasion and am a hoarder too. So it’s time to decide what to charity or bin, or give to family. Lots of ideas on Pinterest and YouTube.

Stay safe guys xx