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.

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)

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

Week 25 post #hipreplacement

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I can’t believe how fast this time has gone, we are also halfway through the year, it’s been a real roller coaster of success and failure. Both hips and other joints, as one fixes others are breaking down.

I’ve made an appointment to see MiCats for steroid injection, but the assessment appointment isn’t until Sept so I’m looking at another 2 months of hand pain and swellings.

Testing the abilities and accepting some limitations for now. But overall I’m pleased with how it’s going. It’s not as fast as others, but I now know why and how to combat it as best as I can.

I’ve switched up my exercises for this week. Not too different but enough to challenge the muscle groups.

This week I’ve done

  • Hip flexion ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip abduction ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension forwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension backwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes ankles 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes knees 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges 20reps x 1
  • Traditional side clam raise green band 20reps x 1 (omg this is so hard)
  • Duck walking green band 20reps x 1
  • Lunge walking ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1

Somehow this really kicked my butt!! I felt so strong last week, but switching it up has activated muscles in different ways. So it’s all good but very very tiring.

Ive increased my water intake, started to think about foods more, and just have a more positive outlook on weight, life and health. Probably helps that the sun has been shining this week too. Love summer!!

Day 172 post #Hipreplacement

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It’s been 1 solid week of daily physio, and my findings apart from exhaustion!?

Well I do feel better and stronger, but also in pain and swollen too afterwards. ( Pain is a muscle ache though, not a pain to make you stop)

The nights I do recover and feel good in the morning (aka after 2 huge coffees I may be able to drag myself to do some physio at 11.30am) though, but I’ve noticed a 20 mins set now takes 30 mins, and I’m quite tired afterwards. Mentally though it’s doing wonders, I’m feeling productive and proactive.

Some things I’ve also noticed is I’m tolerating lying on the side a bit more, just enough to do side leg raises, but for me that’s a huge improvement. (Literally 1 minute, but before I couldn’t bare mere seconds)

I fully understand that this week has been possible, because of the lack of other duties I’ve had to do in the week. I struggle to maintain both. It’s all or nothing at the moment. I simply don’t have the pain threshold to do both yet. Or the energy required to do multiple things. Hoping it will change over time though. Or is this my ehlers danlos syndrome??

So that’s my next goal, to carry on next week doing the same, while slipping in other chores, or outings and see if I can manage both.

The ever lovely Linda Bleck shared this, and it resonates with me. I am meant to be ‘fixed’ but I don’t feel it. It’s taking its time to strengthen these muscles, and tendons. I feel guilty if I mention pain, like I’ve failed the replacement somehow, and in turn I feel useless. So I needed to see this, to remind me it does take time, and patience too.

Week 23 post #HipReplacement

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Such a lot has happened this last week, I feel like my feet have barely touched the ground. And if I’m brutally honest, my body is not entirely up to it all either. All I’m asking for is to be able to do daily living painfree. But nope!!

I’ve been practise walking, and I wear trainers but I’ve somehow given myself an injury of the foot? It’s called metatarsalgia, and it feels like walking on Lego, at the ball of the foot.

I first noticed it in Barmouth while walking, but didn’t give it too much thought, rested it and it settled down. Now it’s reappearing just simply walking to the loo. Clearly it’s not really healed.

So what is Metatarsalgia? Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. (Which I’ve done NONE of these activities)

There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose. This isn’t the reason why either for me.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can sideline you. Fortunately, at-home treatments, such as ice and rest, often relieve symptoms. This worked well for me, hence me thinking it had gone.
Wearing proper footwear with shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports might prevent or minimize future problems with metatarsalgia. But somehow me wearing trainers isn’t enough?

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot — the part of the sole just behind your toes. (This was me straight away)
  • Pain that worsens when you stand, run, flex your feet or walk — especially barefoot on a hard surface — and improves when you rest. (Yes definitely me)
  • Sharp or shooting pain,numbness, or tingling in your toes
  • A feeling of having a pebble in your shoe. (I prefer the term Lego!)

Sometimes a single factor can lead to metatarsalgia. More often, several factors are involved, including:

  • Intense training or activity.Distance runners are at risk of metatarsalgia, primarily because the front of the foot absorbs significant force when a person runs. But anyone who participates in a high-impact sport is at risk, especially if your shoes fit poorly or are worn.
  • Certain foot shapes. A high arch can put extra pressure on the metatarsals. So can having a second toe that’s longer than the big toe, which causes more weight than normal to be shifted to the second metatarsal head. (My second toes are Longer than big toes)
  • Foot deformities. Wearing too-small shoes or high heels can cause your foot to be misshapen. A downward-curling toe (hammertoe) and swollen, painful bumps at the base of your big toes (bunions) can cause metatarsalgia.
  • Excess weight. Because most of your body weight transfers to your forefoot when you move, extra pounds mean more pressure on your metatarsals. Losing weight might reduce or eliminate symptoms.
  • Poorly fitting shoes. High heels, which transfer extra weight to the front of your foot, are a common cause of metatarsalgia in women. Shoes with a narrow toe box or athletic shoes that lack support and padding also can contribute to the problem.
  • Stress fractures. Small breaks in the metatarsals or toe bones can be painful and change the way you put weight on your foot.
  • Morton’s neuroma. This noncancerous growth of fibrous tissue around a nerve usually occurs between the third and fourth metatarsal heads. It causes symptoms that are similar to metatarsalgia and can also contribute to metatarsal stress.

But almost anyone can develop metatarsalgia, but you’re at higher risk if you:

  • Participate in high-impact sports that involve running and jumping
  • Wear high heels, shoes that don’t fit properly or shoes with spikes, such as cleats
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have other foot problems,including hammertoe and calluses on the bottom of your feet
  • Have inflammatory arthritis,such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout

The last risk above is probably my likely cause of this injury, coupled with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome too.

So now I’ve done my eventful days of Birmingham for exams for youngest (she’s PASSED) And visiting my Second eldest daughter in Chester. I’m going to rest, elevate and ice the foot to try and return it to normal, before next week’s physio appointment. If I can’t heal it, then it’s a GP visit for me.

Definitely a dampener on hip replacement recovery, and with walking differently to protect the foot, I’m causing pain in my lower back, and my hip, even the groin!! Which I admit is troublesome, but I’ve been told to expect grumbling groin for a couple of years, so I’m not too worried yet.

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.

19 weeks post #hipreplacement

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The weeks are flying by, and with the warmer weather we as a family are getting busier, which is lovely. But boy oh boy I’m still paying a high price for any activities.

Which I wholeheartedly admit is gutting. I truly wanted, wished and hoped that by now this magic bullet surgery would be the answer and I’d be skipping into the sunset.

And while this surgery has been amazing, it’s clearly not the sole issue I thought it was. I’m struggling with my hands alot, but not just them though my ankles, knees and shoulders too and I feel cheated. All I’ve ever wanted is my life back, who I was at 32 and I’ve chased this dream headlong ever since.

I had no concept that I was literally fixing the hips to then swap the goal post and need intervention on other joints.

So I’m not going to compare to others healing times anymore, it is what it is. I’m not sure if it’s the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hip Dysplasia or Arthritis that is ruling my life, but something is, more than I care to admit too.

It sucks that I have some issues, I have to remember not to focus on them, I need to remember the positive thoughts and drive my energies into them.

No physio appointment booked this week, so physio at home is foundation basics to keep movement going and no stress out other joints. Using ankle weights for resistance.

  • Hip abduction x 15 reps
  • Hip extension x 15 reps
  • Hip extension (backwards) x 15 reps
  • Hip flexion x 15 reps
  • Single leg lunge on areobic step x 15 reps
  • Monster walk x 30 steps

Going to work on these while I await the next physio appointment.

Found these exercises on Pinterest and I will try to add some of these are well, later on in the week.