16 weeks post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a funny weird week, I’ve not done much physio, and when I have done it’s caused so much knee pain, so much pain!! I’ve been forced to rest.

Had a lot of committments this week, family wise and going out to places, so the physio hasn’t been easy to slot in either. But I even found walking around town leisurely, this week was a miserable affair.

Straight away my knee was in agony, and I felt I hobbled, and waddled even with my walking stick. And using that so heavily, it’s flared up my hand too. I’ll be honest, I was better than this before surgery, so you can imagine this was quite depressing, and emotional to realize that.

And though that’s a huge negative, I may be a bit down this week, but I’m not out!!

Why have I struggled more this week, is it because I went out a fortnight ago? Or because I’ve had to increase the daily living, family commitments? I’m not sure.

All I know is, my Thigh KILLS, like a tooth ache nagging pain. And my knee is not happy either with walking, or with physio. I don’t see anyone for a while, except occupational therapist for my hands. So I guess increase rest periods and go steady as I can.

But I am camping hopefully at the weekend, so who knows how the hip will behave?? I will keep you updated.

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Day 87 #hipreplacement

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This weather is causing pain pain pain, and a healthy dose of stiffness and immobility with that.

So far this week to control the hand pains I’ve been taking 400mg ibuprofen x 2 but I’ll admit it’s not really helping, on top of that I’m using ibuprofen gel. At least I can splint them, and use gloves.

However the hip isn’t feeling any benefit from Ibuprofen, but it aches deep in the thigh crease where pelvis meets the thigh, Or bikini crease area I should say. With the increased rain, I’m noticing that the hip still feels seized up and stiff, exactly like it did with Arthritis?? So for this I’m adding Paracetamol. And see if that helps.

Today’s physio is focusing on lubricating joints to ease pains.

Shoulder exercises

  • Circle ball on wall left 10 reps x 3
  • Circle ball on wall right 10 reps x 3
  • Push ball on wall up and down 10 reps x 3

Then hand exercises

  • Make an O with each finger 10 reps x 3
  • Raise thumb 10 reps x 3
  • Thumb abduction 10 reps x 3
  • Thumb scoop and up 10 reps x 3
  • Wrist up and down 10 reps x 3
  • Make a fist and open 10 reps x 3

Hip exercises

  • Glute squeezes 10 reps x 3
  • Quad exercise 10 reps x 3
  • Short Arc quad 10 reps x 3
  • Ball between Ankles squeeze 10 reps x 3
  • Ball between knees squeeze 10 reps x 3
  • Hip abduction 10 reps x 3
  • Single leg raise 10 reps x 3

For these exercises I find I can do many while sitting down, watching the TV. And I break them down in 3 sets, so one set in the morning, then a set after dinner, then one more in the evening. So although it looks a lot to do, it’s easily slotted into my day.

Day 73 Struggling High Pain Day

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I seem to have a few good days then a crash down to the bottom. Clearly my pacing skills are pants, and I’m either doing too much, or the scar tissue just won’t let me go beyond the strength I have.

Yesterday I had an amazing day of physio, I felt strong, and like I was progressing, but this morning I feel like crap!

I went to sit down and my god it felt like it was ripping as I hovered above the seat, just under the scar, it’s swollen and hurts like hell. Always around the butt, piriformis area. Hope hot water bottles work enough. Even the groin decided to join the pain party!! Yes I’m moaning, but my god it hurts.

But I’m not giving up, technically I have 1 year to push it to see how far it can go, maybe I need to dial it back a little and respect it a bit more. Think marathon not race. Maybe I’m too eager to get it fixed, that I’m hindering it by going too fast?

I think the flare up of pain is from trying to work out both legs, as some exercises require me to stand alone on that leg, and although I use a walking stick, perhaps it’s not enough, and I’d be better suited to a crutch for now?

So that’s my future plan for next week, but as it’s the weekend. I’m going to relax, read and visit family members instead of physio. Do you have anything good planned this weekend?

Day 53 learning the stairs

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Yesterday we popped out to visit family for their birthdays. We have a spat of birthdays all at the same time.

So although a lazy weekend for us, I took the opportunity to try stairs out. As I don’t have any at home. Still using my walking stick and pulling up on a bannister too. I put my bad leg up first.

I can kinda do it, but I’m definitely relying heavily on the bannister, and the walking stick. So it’s no where near strong enough yet.

Coming down, I attempt to do one step after another, rather than down, both feet, down, both feet. This seems a little easier with weight transfer, but still the hip feels like it wants to give way. But gravity really helps coming down.

So it’s hydrotherapy tomorrow, so I know I’m going to be attempting the steps extra, as this is my weakness area from all the physio exercises.

Noting what muscles you use, help you visualise what is going on inside the hip.
When you walk upstairs you engage numerous muscles, these include hip flexors, iliopsoas, sartorius, rectus femoris, tensor fasciae latae and pectineus these are your hips and thighs; then the gluteus medius on your outer thighs; the gluteus maximus in your butt; the quadriceps group in the front of each thigh; hamstring muscles in the backs of your thighs; erector spinae along the spine of your lower back; plus the gastrocnemius, soleus and tibialis anterior in your calf and shin area.

There’s a lot going on, with everything that needs to be able to work together and efficiently. So it’s no wonder I have difficulty at the moment. I need to remember, these muscles have been cut at least 4 times in this one leg.

To explain what the hip flexors do, its as you’d expect, they are responsible for hip flexion as you lift your foot to the next step. The quads extend your knees when your legs straighten. The hamstrings, sartorius and gastrocnemius flex your knees. The gastrocnemius and soleus assist during plantar flexion, when you push up from a step, (here is my moment of weakness!! It wants to give way as I transfer all the weight to flex upwards) while the tibialis anterior is primarily responsible for dorsiflexion when your foot lands on a step.

Sometimes I wish I had stairs to practice more often with, but I have an aerobic step which I can make as low or as high as I can tolerate. So I may have to dig it out, and get a few steps in to practice each day.

Day 45 swellings

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The ever swelling thigh is annoying, but I’ve been using a walking stick since a week last Sunday all day every day, even outside.

And then with physio exercises as well. Using the stick to stabilise as I do mini squats, or hip flexion etc. So it’s not as supportive as a crutch, making the hips work harder.

With exercise and physio, and walking a lot more, it’s making the hip irritated, good for healing. But it gets sore and swells a lot.

But I’m proud to say every day this week I’ve done some physio in some form, but not pushed as hard as I could, as I’m hoping doing it less hard but everyday is better than going all in, but then crippled for a week.

I’m loving the no compression stockings, skin definitely needs more tlc to get it less dry. But hoping the sunshine of this week will help too.

Day 37 post #hipreplacement

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Its been Valentine’s day, and I’ve had a total day of rest yesterday, to settle the pains and swelling. I was happy with that until I went to bed, I abducted my leg in the bed, and it set it off again.

And I don’t mind sharing I sobbed a fair bit!! The pain is unreal, way more painful than the surgery itself, in fact more painful than any of my surgeries.

So what can I possibly do, there’s nothing I can do really except take the enforced rest for longer, and only use quiet times making drinks and cooking as my physio, so I don’t activate that tendon/muscle.

But as gutted as I am, it will be worth it going more slower and steadier than trying to rush it and it continues to be a sticking point.

To celebrate our Valentine’s Day (which we don’t really celebrate) it’s a follow on from our Rambo, Rocky and Creed fest we are starting The Expendables trilogy.

Week 5 post #hipreplacement part two

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How is it five weeks already, this post is mainly like yesterday’s, and it’s peppered with sbs info. But read to the end and learn of my hippie accident!! I never want a repeat of that. Just as I thought I was getting over it. 😦

Thank you if you read yesterday’s post, of me off out at #TheoPaphitis Small Business Event.

Feeling very special that a tiny hobbyist like me can be chosen by the former Dragon himself, a man I greatly admire as he’s often quite detrimental to himself and is super humble.

We discover we are 1% of the entered businesses to make the cut. There has been 370,000 applications, and 2,500 winners. I won back in 2012.

After the delicious dinner, we were in for a presentation and fireside chat with Scotland’s first billionaire Sir Tom Hunter. He created Sports Division and sold this eventually to his rivals JJB for £260million. Following this success at an early age he set up his own foundation to invest in the future of young entrepreneurs. Giving them the help, support and guidance needed to be their own success stories.

Once again another humbling and truly inspiring story of how he sold trainers from the back of his van to becoming a billionaire. And not once did he allude that skill or knowledge above others were the reason for success, instead like Theo he opts to be down to earth, and say it was luck, his gumption and sheer cheek at times that won the day.

They both concluded with Q&A which I thoroughly loved, some years I’ve found this more boring and above my understanding. But this year I loved hearing his answers. What a warm and friendly man Sir Tom Hunter is.

This is the time I had to admit defeat and set to leave. Although if you were new winners you would collect your certificate and get your photo with Theo. There also were games, networking and group photos going on, as well as presentations upstairs. But I couldn’t, I needed to get home, it’s the longest time I’d been out, and the hip was nagging.

On the way out we collected our goodies bag, and though no #MrsHinch approved cleaning products this year, we got a bumper of goodies.

All in a reusable cotton tote bag, which I absolutely loved getting instead of a paper bag.

All in all I had an incredible day, and I left feeling inspired, and extremely happy…… But all that changed on one stupid accident!!

Totally my own fault, busy chatting away with Mr Moon I stupidly stepped up on the step to leave the building, with my bad operated leg. Full weight transversed to this bad leg, quick scream from me, absolute burning pain I quickly realized what I’d done.

How I kept the tears in is beyond me, I hobbled to our car thankfully nearby. Struggled to get in, pain was throbbing, and leg went warm from thigh to ankle, worried was not the word. I was convinced I’d done something serious.

Our journey home was sadly 1hr 40 for a usual 40min journey, and in that time, the pain subsided if I didn’t move much, so panic left. And once home the PJ’s were soon on, with hot water bottle and lots of rest too. Felt more of a muscular tear or straining, than mechanical. Certainly hope so.

Now it’s rest and re assess the situation and hope it recovers.

Day 30 post #hipreplacement new discoveries

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As it’s been a real roller coaster week, with so many dips, twists and turns, I was pleasantly surprised my body is feeling more normal.

What I mean by this, is in the night I’m starting to turn over, easier and more freely. (No side sleeping yet, still odd feeling) but I can easily get onto my front.

And today I knelt on the floor to hunt for something under the sofa, just like that I did it on autopilot, without thinking?? Horrified afterwards when I realised what I’d done, but then secretly pleased too. What a milestone.

So that means I know I can get onto the floor and back up again (providing there’s a sofa to help crawl up) but it’s progress.

While I’ve been taking it easy on the hip physio, I have been concentrating on shoulder physio.

  • Shoulder circle clockwise 15 reps x 3
  • Shoulder circle anticlockwise 15 reps x 3
  • Shoulder push up and down 15 reps x 3

I use my grandsons ball, and just gently circle both ways and then go up and down the wall. They seem extra loose since the crutch usage increase.

New exercises I want to try this weekend are

Now my mini squats are much better, I’m feeling ready to use a ball against the wall squats. Again I will just use my grandson Leonardo’s ball.

And to help build up the arms before I go back to lifting weights, (don’t feel steady enough just yet) I though wall planks would be good. (I don’t feel confident enough to do on the floor either)

Day 27 pain flares!

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Since the whole out out in town day, I’ve done zero physio. Because I simply can’t! That was last Thursday and it’s been over a week now.

When I move or stand in a certain way, I get a huge pain flare. It feels like it’s the lateral area over the hip, so possibly IT band or Bursa are upset.

And I’m still getting a deep sciatic pain in the lower back, which makes it hard to stand up without hip giving way at times. Maybe it’s sciatica or piriformis (I usually get piriformis anyways) so maybe that’s why it’s upset? But if I mini squat it realigns itself and feels better, not sure what that means. I’ll be asking my Physiotherapist on Tue 6th Feb.

It’s all made worse by the fact I have no medication left of worth, which is a pity as oramorph was pretty useful for this type of pain. Now the injections are over I’m taking paracetamol and ibuprofen to help control the pain.

As I said earlier I see the physio this week, and it was on the 6th Feb, so I asked her for advice, and perhaps there is a stretch or movements I can do, that will bypass this muscle and nerve but still be effective for physio recovery.

She confirmed it’s tendonpathy, so I need to rest more, and ice more. I even have an adaptive exercises to relieve the strain. Seems my glutes are super weak. Here’s one below, instead of pushing against my hands, use a band and gently go out against resistance. And more pelvic tilt standing, and pushing feet outwards, without moving feet, this activates glutes too.

I’ve also been falling a asleep often during the day, starting this week’s Monday, or maybe it’s a virus coming, or illness, as family mix with a lot of outsiders and it’s easy to catch something. It’s not like me to fall asleep multiple times a day!

Last clexane ever yesterday, it felt good having no more injections in the stomach. Though my nurse (Mr moon) does an excellent job!!

*Things I’m sick of hearing, and possibly every other hippie is too* is that PAO or TPO is harder to recover from. I’ve had both now, and in some ways yes it is, and in other ways no it’s not!! Just like when I had an Arthroscopy, people almost dismissed it as if it was barely a surgery! Well I’ve had that too, it still came with its own downfalls and difficulties. Some recover really fast from PAOs others don’t, same as THRs they are walking unaided at 10days and I’m really really not, and I’m 4weeks. Comparing surgeries aren’t helpful, and often leaves the person feeling dismissed or that their struggles are from failure, or not doing enough.

Day 20 it’s OT day

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In the last few weeks it’s all been hips and I’ve had to take a step back from my hands. Thankfully the recent weeks has been kind to me and they’ve swelled up minimally. But I’m kinda thinking that’s due to taking dihydrocodeine?!

My worse area was the CMC joint and where they put the cannula in. But now it’s all settled down and being reasonable.

After a week it was minimal

And now it’s completely cleared up.

So today is the day to show my lovely occupational therapist how I’ve done my exercises to build up the thumbs, and lengthen the finger ligaments. The physio I’ve done for them has helped, but so did the steroid injection.

Now medication is absolutely minimum, I’m feeling the familiar aches, pains and swellings. So I need advice on how to move forward.

Advice is to make the stretches harder using an elastic band or bobble, like what MiCats told me to do back in July. Now I have better strength and alignment, it should be easier to do.

Ive also got a new splint for my DIP joint of middle finger, as it’s extending all the time. I need to wear this when I’m doing things, like my thumb splints too (see above)

So hideous, but so needed as well. Back in 6 weeks time, to monitor how well they respond. But this is one thing that will get progressively worse over time, with little we can do about it to slow or control it.