46 Weeks Post #HipReplacement

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Today should of been my 1year post, had the 29th Nov 2018 surgery not been cancelled.

However it was and I ended up having it after Christmas instead. Which honestly was a blessing in disguise, as I ended up enjoying December more. I’d bought all presents so I had zero stress over this time. And honestly the time flew by too.

So this last week, what happened?? Well it was hellish recovering from that physio session, featured in last weeks post. A lot of rest was needed. 4 days of complete rest in fact. Actual NOT moving recovery it was that painful.

But once I had recovered, I managed a small country walk better than I had before, though on the left I’m convinced the glute is NOT activating at all. Still quad dominant over that side.

Slopes are still affecting the knees, both going up and down. I’m still stopping at least 4 to 5 times to readjust hips and knees. Stronger on the right side though, keeps showing up the left now.

But the fresh air is doing my mind good, not being stuck indoors and constantly focusing on negativity.

Really pleased with my walking boots, light weight but so supportive on my ankles. Ehlers Danlos Syndrome makes my ankles prone to rolling over, even walking on flat normal surfaces. As well as super grippy. I hate slippy leaves at this time of year.


Well it’s time for another physio session, I wonder what she will do with me this week, hoping she will be kind. Will post it soon…

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.

Physio appointment day

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Well this is going to be fun, not done any physio for weeks. And now my hand (left) is absolutely useless, as it’s so painful from the steroid injection.

Hoping I can nurse the hand while working out the hips. I will wear the splint to protect it as well.

Sidenote, tiny bat was in the corridor, he made my day.

Thankfully none of the exercises I did needed my hand.

Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins

Side Leg Raise (ankle weighted) x 15reps

Supine Hip Abduction (ankle weighted) x 15reps

Supine Hip Abduction (Resistance Band) x 15reps

Prone Knee Raise (ankle weighted) x 15reps

We tried 2 new exercises to me, to test out the hips (both sides)

Sumo squat, (pivot on foot, to face opposite way) x 8reps each side

Knees hurt doing that one.

Bosu Ball Side Lunges x 5reps each side

Had parallel bars to stabilise myself, right knee hated this exercise the most.

Week 32 post #hipreplacement

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Well that was a week, that’s for sure!! I struggled, I moaned and I rested. And you know what, I do feel better for it. So it was worth the agony of resting.

So the week started with a renewed rigor of wanting to workout, and do some physio. But remembering to not over do it. However, it didn’t go exactly to plan as we decided to use this rare sunny day to have a nature walk instead.

Which honestly worked the glues on the right side immensely!! Still ZERO feeling on the left side. The uneven terrain helped to build up my leg stability, and pushed the ankles to work harder, as well as the knees too.

From this walk I did feel some groin pain in the right, my thigh on the right side. Left side the knee was angry. But maybe I need this more? As it challenges the lower body more. I had to use a stick in places too. And really remember to point my foot forwards on the left side, (it has a habit of going sideways when I’m tired)

Following this, obviously I couldn’t go hardcore the next day. So I opted for very gentle physio.

  • Ball squeeze ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeeze knees 20reps
  • Ball between knees hip bridges 20reps
  • Hip flexion (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip abduction (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension forwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension backwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Heel to butt 20reps
  • Mini squat 20 reps

Nice and slow, with no added weights on the ankles, and using no resistance bands. I’m eager to move but not adding extra stress to the joint either.

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This resonates with me so much. As it’s not an easy fix.

Wednesday (when I’m posting this post) I did the same routine as Tuesday, and so far it’s going well, not too stressful and certainly not making things too painful either.

Thursday is the day off any physio, as it’s Chester Uni visit day, to finalise paperwork for my daughter’s course, and sneak a peek at the accommodation as well. It’s starting to feel very very real now.


Friday it is our daughters birthday so another rest day. And of course I will be eating cake too.

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 30 Post #HipReplacement

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After completing 6 while weeks of continuous physio, I feel like I’ve found a good balance between life, chores and physio.

I started his journey to really give my shiny new hip implant the best chance. And to try build up the opposite hip, to see if exercises can help with limitations and motion. So although I’d love to lose weight too, it’s not my primary goal.

I’ve noticed a few things, firstly my bad back ache just isn’t getting better. Nor is my knee pain, well not strictly true, the knees are good sometimes and absolutely awful the next. But I’m not sure why?

My scar still stings!! I don’t honestly remember that from other scars. Again it comes and goes, not really sure what makes it appear.

Anyways enough of all that, it’s a new week and new challenges are needed. It all began here so now it’s time to build upon that, and push it a little bit more. Ie doing 2 sets of the routine and seeing how the body responds to that. I will add, I need a break between sets. As it still wears me out. So a coffee break between sets, helps the body recover itself.

  • Clam Side Drop (green band) 20reps x 2
  • Ball squeeze between ankles 20reps x 2
  • Ball squeeze between knees 20reps x 2
  • Ball squeeze between knee hip bridge 20reps x 2
  • Prone lying Knee raise (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Prone lying heel to butt (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Supine lying front leg raise (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Side leg raise (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Supine lying hip abduction (ankle weight) 20reps x 2
  • Duck walking (green band) 20reps x 2
  • Walking lunge (ankle weight) 20reps x 2

Lets get our goals smashed this week!! My plan is to do at least Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Using Wednesday as my rest day. And Friday is the hospital physiotherapy appointment. Let’s go…..

Week 28 post #HipReplacement

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What a week! Previously I had said that the weekend was going to be busy, see here

And I wasn’t wrong, blinked and the whole weekend was gone just like that. The Saturday I saw my mum for her birthday, and Sunday was the planned day for Baby.

So at 11.30am I got there, ready to be a birthing partner, and at 4.50pm little Logan arrived.

Didn’t get home until 10pm. And I was shattered. I slept well that night that’s for sure. Monday I woke up in agony, though not entirely sure why. I was on standby for lifts home from the hospital, so never managed any physio that day.

Packed them up to come home, and collect her older son Leonardo and show him his baby bro. All went as smoothly as it could.

So Tuesday after 3 days off, I embarked on week 2 of my physio routine, find it here but doing the sets x 2 instead. So definitely attempting to challenge the hip more this week.

And OH MY GOD it was soooooo hard. Harder than I ever imagined if I’m honest. But I survived. Managed to do Tuesday, Wednesday, but today is actual physio appointment day. And in that appointment we did.

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 60kgs x 20 reps
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges x 20 reps
  • Clam side drop outs, red resistance band x 20 reps
  • Heel to butt, ankle weighted x 20 reps
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted x 20 reps
  • Kettle bell glute squeeze stand ups x 20 reps
  • Walking lunges with dumbbells x 20 reps
  • Ducking walking green resistance band x 20 reps

It’s also been lovely and hot, this week, at times I was melting. So physio had to be done before the temperature of the day got too much. As I have found in high heat I can’t exercise properly, all motivation disappears. The gym at the hospital was 35 degrees!! That was a sweat fest.

Day 192 Post #HipReplacement

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Wow these days are racking up!! And a week until my birthday too. Happy days.

I had a bad start to the week, feeling unmotivated and sore, but I endeavoured to stick to my routine. And I’m pleased to say I did it!! And I feel better for knowing I did it too.

It was a basic routine, but my lower limbs don’t consider it easy in the slightest!! It’s not getting easier at all.

I managed to do Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in my physio and even did weights too, so I’m extra pleased with myself.

Thankfully in between physio workouts, I’ve been reading books and watching films, so the body has had chance to recover properly. Starting to really feel glutes some days. Other days I feel a twinge pull pain in the hip flexor in the operated leg. In the other hip all is well except it’s weaker, and has less stamina too. Hoping I can build upon that though.

Saturday (today it’s a mad dash to see my mum for her birthday, instead of Sunday) as my daughter is being induced on Sunday and I have to be there. So it’s all chaos, excitement and fear all rolled into one!!

Its baby time, get to meet him this weekend I hope. Not settled on name as yet, think it’s either Elijah or Logan. Either way he will be loved by his big brother Leonardo.

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.