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.

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Day 214 post #hipreplacement weekly roundup

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It’s already the weekend and what a week it’s been. It’s been hard I won’t lie, the physio is gruelling, and Wednesday was a much welcomed break from all exercise.

Wednesday saw us wave goodbye to the youngest daughter who was up Manchester for her early birthday celebrations!!

So there I was waving her off, knowing it’s practice for when she leaves for real next month! Eek, it’s coming round so fast it’s scary.

Me and hubby planning a fun filled few days, of eating out and lots of films too.

We ate at #egorestaurant with delicious hanging kebabs. On the Thursday.

Friday arrives and it’s official physiotherapy appointment, and I’m feeling a tad sore from the gruelling physio I’ve been doing at home. Pleased I’ve done Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday without too much fuss.

This appointment we did, not a lot as I’m still very sore, and after assessment, it’s decided that this week doing 2 sets, is clearly too much for me to do. So under advice I’m going back to 1 set only.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 3mins
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 20reps
  • Single leg hip bridges x 10reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weighted) x 10reps
  • Prone lying Knee raise (ankle weighted) x 10reps
  • Kettle bell squats x 15reps
  • Walking lunge with dumbbells x 15reps
  • Duck walking (green banded) x 15reps

So I’m a bit gutted that I’ve overdone it, but I can see that I have and that the old adage no pain no gain does NOT apply to us hippies. Super frustrating when you just want to be active and normal.

So this weekend is all about hot water bottle, ibuprofen gel, ibuprofen tablets and lots and lots of rest (if possible)

Day 207 post #hipreplacement

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Round up of the last week, and I’ve managed to do my hardest physio routine Mon, Tues, Weds, I had a break Thursday and did Friday. See here for the routine. This completes 6 weeks of doing 3 different routines twice. It’s a way to kick-start new and healthy habits and routines.

Thursday I used to hoover the front room, but I’m still finding this hard to do. Maybe it’s how you plant your feet into the floor to push and stabilize yourself.

So come Friday I was honestly dreading doing the set. But I remembered someone on the boards telling me I’d inspired them to do it, so I was soon up and doing it. And I’m glad I did. Your comments mean the world to me!! Thank you.

So now this weekend, it’s all relax and let my muscles recover. Zero weight loss which is sad. But not my main focus, but the skincare routine is down to a tee. And I’m managing at least 3litres of water per day. So I’m happy with that.

So my skin is feeling so much better, and my insides feel less bloated. So it’s a win for me even though the weight isn’t coming off.

My ehlers danlos syndrome is playing havoc this weekend, because it’s THAT time. So ankles, hands, elbows and shoulders are super loose, painful and feeling extra awful. But with rest it should feel better. But I’m starting to hate rest days, my brain complains.

Week 29 Post #HipReplacement

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After gorging on birthday cheese… Yes I asked for cheese for my birthday, and boy it was goooood. And of course cake too. This week it’s time to embark on week 3 of my physio routine, it’s the hardest one out of the 3 weekly routines I have, but by far the most affective too.

I’m getting concerned about my left side, as I never ever feel the muscles pull, or tense or anything really. I’m keen to ask the surgeon in Jan 2020 to ask his opinion, that’s for sure. Whereas in the operated leg boy oh boy I feel those muscles after this workout, it’s a butt killer.

Gorgeous birthday flowers are giving me the sunshine feels, as it had to typically rain all weekend. So peeved.

Had a lovely rest off physio Friday Saturday and Sunday, as we used those days to visit all the family.

Logan and Leonardo are doing well, and it was lovely to get to visit them again.

So back to physio, this week it’s a killer!! But hopefully it’s all worth it.

  • Foot pointing outwards, leg raise (ankle weighted) 20reps each side
  • Side leg raise (ankle weighted) 20reps each side
  • Single leg hip bridges 10reps each side (my worst)
  • Hip thrusts (green banded) 20reps
  • Reverse lunges (ankle weighted) 10reps each side
  • Side lunges (ankle weighted) 10reps each side
  • Romanian deadlift 7kg weights 20reps
  • Supine marching (ankle weighted) 10reps each side
  • Dead bugs 10reps each side

27 weeks Post #HipReplacement

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This week, I’ve gone back to the original workout, as this weekend really took it out of me. Lots of stairs, have caused a dull ache in the thigh, and lower back.

So the thinking of doing the basic routine, means I don’t aggravate it too much, while keeping up my physio routine.

  • Clam knees drop outwards (green band) 20 reps
  • Ball squeezes ankles 20 reps
  • Ball squeezes knees 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges 20 reps
  • Prone knee raise (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Prone heel to butt (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Front leg raise (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Hip abduction (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weight) 20 reps
  • Duck walking (green band) 20 reps
  • Lunge walking (ankle weight) 20 reps

Though I’m sore, and unmotivated. I’m sticking to it. And my drinking more water too. No weight loss but I feel better, especially skin wise. So that’s a plus.

I’m still experiencing some groin pain at times, not sure why. It’s concerning. And back ache like no other!! But knees are improving, or at least they haven’t had a flare up recently.

Its dry weather for now, so some aches and pains are under control, for now at least. Hands are tricky at times, so the splint is out and in use.

Week 26 post #HipReplacement

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This week I turned it up a notch! But I may regret it. But knowing I probably couldn’t do 6 days of physio, I decided to do some harder, more challenging exercises, but less days.

Let’s see if I survive this week. I’ve started with. Monday do the routine, Tuesday day off, Wednesday do routine, Thursday day off, Friday do routine (this is the plan) will it work??

  • Foot pointing outwards, leg raise (ankle weighted) 20 reps
  • Side leg raise (ankle weighted) 20 reps
  • Single leg hip bridges 10 reps per side
  • Hip thrusts (green banded) 20 reps (why did I try this, it’s so hard!!)
  • Reverse lunge (ankle weighted) 10 reps per side
  • Side lunges (ankle weighted) 10 reps per side
  • Goblet squat 20 reps
  • Supine marching (ankle weighted) 20 reps
  • Dead bugs 20 reps
  • Chest press 20 reps
  • Bicep row 20 reps
  • Tricep kickback 20 reps
  • Bicep curl 20 reps
  • Shoulder press 20 reps
  • Tricep overhead 20 reps

Tilt foot outwards, then lift in leg raise, works the inner abductors.

Supine marching, is lying on your back, pulling stomach down to engage, and stabilise pelvis, march on the spot.

For Dead bugs it’s opposite arm and leg going down then up, pull stomach down to engage core. Helps to stabilise the pelvis.

Hip thrusts why did I try these? I had a band around my knees to stabilise them. And oh my god it activated my right hip that’s replaced, super challenging. But worryingly I felt nothing in the left glute, I don’t think it’s working properly, like the message isn’t going through. I have tried many different ways to awaken it, but it’s surgeries were so long ago (2011), it may be too late. I will ask for advice from my Physiotherapist though.

It felt good but difficult and I gave myself plenty of time to recover and re position myself between each exercise. Form is more important than quantity.

Getting some weights out for my upper body also gave my lower limbs chance to breathe and recover.

22 weeks post #hipreplacement Wales visit

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How wonderful was that weekend? though we were prepared for grey skies and rain, we actually managed to have a glorious sunny Sunday, and warm Monday (just as we were leaving) only the arrival day Saturday was it wet and miserable looking, but even that didn’t stay long luckily.

It felt good to be back to Wales, first Welsh trip since surgery, and though not totally perfect, it was nice to walk around with less hip pain. Only marred that knees and lower back have somehow replaced the hip pain.

Tucked into the heart of Barmouth we had a 300yr old cottage to share with family members, and there’s something comforting about greeting each other in the mornings, chatting over tea times, that it’s sad when it’s all over.

Cosy and quirky, the cottage is a family favourite. And comfortable for all 8 of us. Plenty of beds and rooms to relax in, so your not on top of each other at all.

Absolutely full of character, charm and nooks and crannies!! Imagine the history and stories this cottage could tell.

Did a fair bit of practice walking, which is probably why the knees hurt so much. And some of the inclines have made me rely on my walking stick heavily, so my hand has flared up. Sand is ok when it’s more packed down, as it still feels like walking in treacle when it’s not hard packed.

Felt some improvement in the hip, but the physio appointment from last week, really really took it out of me, and caused pains for 4 days, so I was careful, and mindful of the hip. Naturally just any slight activity has caused it to swell up once more and be painful, so it’s back to resting for a few days again.

21 weeks post #hipreplacement

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After all the excitement of orbital on Friday 31st may, I’ve done little in moving, due to massive increase of pains. So much so I’d had to take tramadol on that Friday.

So the whole weekend was catching up with #Terminator 1 and 2 movies, and various TV shows too. It was a tad boring, but very very necessary to allow pains to subside.

This week has seen me go back to basics, more to train the mind to muscle memory, so no weights, no resistance. Just purely focusing the mind on the muscle and contracting it, ensuring they are engaging properly, and not having other muscles (stronger ones from taking over the job) I find my quads do this over my glutes.

  • Glute squeezes 20reps
  • Quad (pull knee caps up) 20reps
  • Heel Slide 20reps
  • Short Arc quad 20reps
  • Hip abduction 20reps
  • Clam side drop downs 20reps
  • Clam side raise 20reps (finally I’m ok ish lying on operated side)
  • Hip bridge (really squeezing glutes, so quads don’t take over) 20reps
  • Dead bugs 20reps
  • Long arc quad 20reps
  • Ball squeezes between ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeezes between knees 20reps

Felt good to get thing moving and lubricated. I’m seeing improvements on the operated leg, though the weakness the opposite hip has is apparent!! So is that bone or muscle? Not sure, there’s no pain just utter weakness and limitations.

Really focusing on each muscle during the exercise, made it easier to contract the muscle, and hold for longer, tighter. So this week I’m definitely putting this into practice more. Even going to try it with the upper body too.

Had a physio appointment this week which was in a previous post here. It was a pure killer one too. The ache and stiffness afterwards was no joke!!

So Wednesday my official 21 weeks post op day is rest day. And that means #terminator3 never seen before. I know it’s pants, but I don’t care I’m watching it. Awful wet weather outside, so no walking planned either. It’s hot water bottles and rest rest rest.

Thursday I’m still aching a fair bit (groin and lower back especially), so resting the lower half and just doing exercises for the upper body. No weights just contracting the muscle and moving them in isolation. Or use a towel to grip and tighten (really helps) I use a towel, as it makes me focus easier on contracting the muscles.

  • Tricep overhead 20 reps
  • Tricep kickback 20 reps
  • Bicep curl 20 reps
  • Lateral raise 20 reps
  • Shoulder press 20 reps

Slow and steady wins the race at this point, keeping it simple and small for now. Not using weights helps with the thumbs and fingers at the moment, which are predictably flaring up.

I’m resorting to using ibuprofen gel 4 times a day, using compression gloves nightly, and splints during the day. ( Night time is when it’s horrendously bad, like being in a vice grips!!) But I have rung the GP so I’m going to enquire on regular blood tests, and better medication too.

Friday it’s my Wedding Anniversary 18yrs married, 20years together. I can honestly say it’s flown by so fast, it’s scary. There’s not a day he hasn’t made me giggle. I would not be without my biggest champion.

And we are off on Saturday to hopefully sunny Barmouth, probably will rain. But no matter, a night away with family to bond, relax and change of scenery too. So Friday was prepping our clothes, packing essentials, and doing good to take for the journey. Sadly tramadol will be also coming along with me too.

Physio appointment on day 146 #hipreplacement

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So it’s physio time, and I’ve been looking forward to asking about the weakness I’m experiencing in the opposite hip. It’s something ive noticed ove the last few weeks. I do work both legs at home whereas at the official appointments we only do the operated leg.

Also I’m officially 21 weeks post op tomorrow. So it’s nice to show her how far I’ve come, as suddenly I feel like this leg has really turned a corner. Yes I’ve ached (well deserved aches, from pushing it hard) but rest, medication and time have stopped the aches, and I feel stronger than ever.

After a brief discussion of what I’ve been experiencing, such as weakness in the left hip, but with no pain. We decided it could simply be from muscle wastage and weakness, so the plan from now is to work on targeted areas (glutes and abductors) on both legs.

So we started with a Stationary bike for 5mins at resistance level 3

Then onto the leg press machine 25reps with 40lbs (I felt operated leg taking over though)

Onto a fave, duck walking with a green resistance band. Feet outwards, bend a bit, then walk sideways. 50 reps.

Onto other butt burners, walking lunges (so as deep) between parallel bars for stability. 30 reps.

Hip abduction with resistance band around knees 25 reps.

Onto hip bridges, where I know quads dominate. So adding a ball to squeeze between knee, engages the glutes. 25 reps.

Absolutely exhausted, but carrying on, we added an ankle weight and did a front leg raise, with foot out, toes pulled up. To engage abductors. 10 reps. (Left leg would NOT lift up)

Rolling into the front, prone lying Knee bent it was a knee raise with an ankle weight. 15 reps. (Left struggled)

Then to finish up we grabbed a kettle bell to hold. While sitting, going into a standing position, while pushing pelvis forward. 25 reps.

I can honestly say my butt was on FIRE after these. I surely waddled out as well. But I felt productive, and like we had done some good. So now it’s resting up, and nursing that burn.

20 weeks post #HipReplacement

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Time to share again what I’ve learnt or experienced over this last week. Well I’ve learnt even with a walking stick I simply can’t stand, it hurts my back, my thigh, ankles and even the ball of my feet swelled up!!

So a day out is still equalling a few days rest, so not where I’d like to be in terms of daily living.

But I did manage to paint my toes for the first time since my op. And finally my big toe nails have grown back, for some reason I lose my big toe nails after surgery?

Ankles are often swollen now, especially after days out, so I need to see the GP again. As even my ball of my foot is swelling up. God knows why.

Scar is looking pretty decent, and I only remember it when it stings, aches after a long day. It’s still so numb around 3inches side to side all down the length of it. But it’s early days yet, it may come back.

In between days of doing things out and about, and rest days, I try to squeeze in at least 2 sessions of physio at home, using my step and ankle weights.

And in doing both legs in my physio, my left leg (non replaced hip) is painfree but so much weaker than the replaced hip. Hoping by regularly doing both legs now it will catch up at bit.