#Blogmas 48 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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I confess I cancelled my physio session due for yesterday, I just don’t have it in me to do it, as I have two days afterwards that would require energies.

We are driving up to Chester today to collect our daughter from uni, but we’ve planned a walk around the Christmas markets and packing up half of her room. I’m going to struggle with that alone, so physio was not happening. Pain is on the increase, but I’m unsure of why.

However that doesn’t mean I’ve been taking it easy in the meantime. We’ve expanded on walks, each time I lift the walking stick and walk as far as I can without it, before the waddle returns. Once it does return I go back to the stick.

I’ve stopped leaning so heavy on it, as a measure to help my hand that suffers so bad from arthritis. So the distance isn’t far. But I think it’s helping.

Walking along canals it’s an easy path, even and less arduous to try lifting the stick.

The mud is a bit of a wild card, I’ve slipped a few times, thankfully caught myself before hitting the deck. But when I slip it’s jarred the hip a few times, causing pain.

The pain I’ve had lately is in the illiac crest. A dull nagging ache, that I’m nursing with a hot water bottle. I’m taking 8 paracetamol and 3 400mg ibuprofen a day in a bid to control my hands flare ups. Weirdly though this isn’t helping the illiac pain.

Let’s hope it settles down and isn’t a frequent occurrence.

#Blogmas 47 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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*Update from Mondays post. See here I’m instructed to take 8x paracetamol and 3x 400g ibuprofen as well as use the gel. See how I feel after 10days of continuous use*

So my black Friday haul was….

Last week I was sharing that my physio which is fortnightly killed me off for 4 days minimum. And that I was wondering what she would set for me this last week.

Well, it was another killer, let me say that!!

  • Stationary Bike Level2 x5mins
  • Leg Press 40kgs x 30reps (this felt good)
  • Bosu Ball Side Lunges (parallel bars for support) x 15reps each side
  • Upside Down Bosu Ball Squats (parallel bars for support) x 10reps (feels stronger in right leg)
  • Trampoline Marching (helps to release pains in glutes a bit) x 3mins
  • Walking Lunge with Dumbells (parallel bars for support) x 15 reps each side (still lean to the right side though)

The morning after though, wasn’t as bad as I thought. Just some right knee giving away once the leg got tired. So it’s an improvement from last time being bedbound for 4 days.

Managed to finish off Christmas shopping, as I’m too scared to do any in December, the crowds the traffic is too much for me. So like last year my aim was to be free of stress all December. And enjoy the 2 family birthdays and baby arrival instead.

7 Weeks post #SteroidInjection

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For the last 2.5 weeks I finally have had some relief from that most painful steroid injection I had back on 7th October.

Think it was more painful this time as the space between the joint is so small now due to the arthritis.

Took a long long time to kick in, almost 4 weeks, and it’s either wearing off already, or the huge dip in weather temperature is to blame. As it’s nagging, not hugely, but I am aware of it most of the day.

I was hoping for the 9months relief I had gotten the first time. Alas not meant to be, though it’s nagging, at least it’s not that white HOT bone pain that I had previously.

The right thumb is flaring up, but I’m still too scared to go and get it done. Though I’m starting to get tempted. I’m trying to leave it as long as possible though.

Back to almost bathing in ibuprofen gel, and wearing splints. Curse you #Arthritis #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

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 2 #SteroidInjection

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It’s been two weeks, and after the vast improvement from the first 4 days, it’s now on an even keel. Though I’d say it’s only slightly better than before the injection.

I’ve been doing some hand exercises to help mobilise it, an I’ve been doing everyday chores too. Washing up is still a painful affair, and opening jars, holding cups are painful at times, but not all the time.

I definitely had hoped this would of been improved. But I can type with my thumb now, and hold my phone. So some plus points some negative points. I can even put my phone charger in the phone hole, this was immensely painful before, so I’m glad it is improved.

But it still cracks, grinds and it’s audible, ( ie others can hear it too)

Complete with dull aches and throbbing, so I’m not sure this has worked entirely. The grinding is what concerns me the most though.

Made an #ehlersdanlossyndrome bracelet though, and it felt good to do it, couldn’t make loads due to aching, but I’m glad I did a few.

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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.

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.