Day 57 post #hipreplacement

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This week I’ve been pushing myself forward to challenge the hip and up my stamina, fitness levels.

So it’s all been about increasing the chores around the house, instead of trying to avoid them at all costs.

And using the Red Resistance Band, for all the exercises and not just 1 or 2. It’s made an incredible difference. Before I was doing the exercises easily and 2 sets of 15 reps, now I’m down to 15 reps over all. It’s definitely pushing the muscles to work harder.

  • Glute exercise 15 reps
  • Quad exercise 15 reps
  • Heel Slide 15 reps
  • Short Arc quad 15 reps
  • Hip abduction 15 reps
  • Single leg raise 15 reps
  • Clam sideways drop 15 reps
  • Ankle ball squeezes 15 reps
  • Long arc quad 15 reps

Had to have a break from these in the morning, and finished up the afternoon with these.

  • Hip abduction standing 15 reps
  • Hip extension backwards 15 reps
  • Hip flexion 15 reps
  • Onto tip toes 15 reps
  • Heel to butt 15 reps
  • Mini squat 15 reps

These are my usual post op exercises but I’ve added 2 more which are extremely challenging for me.

  • Step ups (aerobic step) 15 reps
  • Monster walk steps 15 reps

Monster walk is my funniest one, but really engaging the glutes. Weirdly I have no Trendelenburg gait walking like this?? Wonder why?

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6 weeks post #hipreplacement

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Finally the damn compression stockings can come off. Freedom at last. Though I say this, and yet at the same time, every twinge will send me into DVT panic. So it’s bitter sweet to get rid of them.

Such dry skin from them though.

Scar is looking good, but hip still swollen, especially over the bony area. And numb, around the scar I can’t really feel anything at all, I often knock it as there’s no sensation.

I have another week until hydrotherapy and my 6week post op check up. (It will be 6 weeks 6 days) So it’s just me bumbling along trying new things to challenge the hip, but at the same time not aggravate the sore bits.

So today I am trying to do some compound exercises, so not just physio, more weight loss exercises. These use more muscles groups all together, and help burn fat.

Goblet Squats 10 reps

I honestly can’t go this low, but I pretend I’m about to sit on a chair, then come back up. But holding a weight means I’m relying on my legs to push me back upwards.

Three Point Single Arm Row 10 reps

Isolating the arm and working the shoulders, which badly need it after crutch and walking stick usage.

Chest Press 10 reps

Working the chest and shoulders again and the chest, help build some strength and stamina back into them. I do mine lying on my bed or floor.

Reverse Lunge (But as I can’t stand solely on one leg yet, I have swapped this for) Hip Bridge 10 reps

Helps the back, and hip flexors and build glutes back up. Slow and steady as everything has been cut, and need to repair.

Supine Marching 10 reps

Pull your tummy in, pelvic aligned, march on the spot but lying down, on the bed or floor. Works the core while protecting you from weakness in the back, as well as stomach.

And so it begins…..

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Here I am yesterday, at the hospital awaiting to find out my destiny. Nervous, sick with anxiety, yet excited!?! It all starts with this appointment.

Weird and eerily quiet, so unlike ROH we are seen quite quickly for there, about 40mins after my actual appointment time. Sadly no specific surgeon but a pleasant registrar no less.

Not familiar with symbios he gains an audience with another consultant that works more directly with my Surgeon to help explain the process. But he’s doesn’t do it well, he ignored my husband, who let’s face it needs the information more, as he’s living through it. And answered more like a politician than surgeon.

But not matter, we walk away being added to the waiting list and being referred for the 3D CT scan. How long this time frame is, anyone’s guess. Seen as he didn’t really answer. We got 4mths out of him, but 4 months to completion or 4mths to scan is unsure??

So moving forwards from that, it’s time to reflect on what’s ahead, read more, research more. Thankfully on Facebook there are countless supportive friends going through or been through the same process to help guide me.

Today was physio and I honestly walked in thinking we would revise the program in preparation for surgery, but instead she’s too happy with my progress and strength that as long as I do it at home, I’m fit enough already and muscles are strong enough to keep implant stable. So we’ve left it as an open appointment, to come back as soon as I can after surgery.

Bit disappointed in that I’ve left again, but I understand why. I do always do my at home physio and workouts, I am religious in doing it, so there isn’t a need to go in and show her each week.

Overall this year I’ve started to be unaided though it’s incredibly painful at times and not for long. It’s still a win.

I’ve also lost 12lbs since Jan. We are eating better, making better choices overall. And making so much more of an effort with physio, exercise and weights in general. So my physio is right, I’m in a much fitter stronger place than I was facing my Arthroscopy surgery back last Sept.

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3 weeks post intra-articular steroid injection in hip

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How time is flying by, it’s already been 3 weeks since the hip injection and even 2 weeks since the thumb one too.

Since then I’ve been active on our weekend away, getting into some exercise routines and just generally loving the improvement. Only marred by that in the hip it’s not a total fix. After activity it soon flares up again.

My thumb on the right hand however is awful. As soon as my left had its injection I needed to rely on my right one more, which has caused this one to flare up the same way. So although my left is feeling 90% better, I can’t escape splints and pain because of this stupid one starting up. Roll on rheumatologist appointment and maybe request a steroid in this as soon as possible.

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We haven’t done any of our couch to 5k for over 2 weeks simply because real life have taken over and it’s been difficult to fit it in. However I have done physio or weights or that other workout on most days.

Monday we decided to do week 4 run 1 and OMG I felt like I was dying. It’s 3mins run walk for 1.5mins then 5min run walk 2.5mins and repeat once more. In the runs I’m shuffling along as upright as I can, as fast as I can to increase the heart rate and lung functions, and practice my walking unaided. But I soon felt piriformis pain in the back, so waddle returned on the second set. But I’m still impressed, less resting, using uneven ground. The walk is getting straighter.

Tuesday’s physio appointment consisted of

Hip Bridges with Football between knees 25reps

Front leg raise and abduction red banded 25reps

Lie on front, bend knee and lift red banded 25reps

Sitting red band around knees hip abduction 25reps

Swiss ball between knees and squeeze adduction 25reps

Side steps red band around knees 80 steps

Came out barely able to walk!! Combined with Mondays couch to 5k and this physio session I’m done. Feels like walking on a dagger in the joint. And my lower back is aching. Need hot water bottle and rest now.

Had good discussion about a replacement with physiotherapist, but I’m still unsure. Whereas before my steroid injection I was deadly sure, so although the pain isn’t 100% gone it’s obviously improved enough that my mind has changed. Ever mindful that it will wear off soon though.

Wednesday is Mama Moons birthday so all exercise is halted as it’s a day of family and celebrating!! Wish I could spoil her more, but what do you buy the lady that has everything already?

 

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Thursday is #WyattWedding prep, we are invited to our Nephew’s wedding, so of course I had to make some hairpins for myself

 

Didn’t do my hand any good, but I enjoyed the relaxing craft (though it’s difficult on my hand – right hand, left one still wonderful). Now just to pack and ensure everything is already, and we are all prepared for the next few days ahead.

Nails I’m wearing are #Primark nails as I totally rate them, they are my favourite go to nails. I buy a separate brush on glue 99p from #HomeBargains or #BM and they easily last me a week, usually 2 weeks.

So that’s me I’m 43 weeks post #hiparthroscopy and due to steroid injections I’m enjoying life with some niggles.

42 weeks post #HipArthroscopy

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Well if I was pregnant I have now done a full term and then some… But I’m not. However I do feel more in a position to judge the arthroscopy surgery and it’s results so far.

Am I pain free? Quick easy answer is NO. but I’m coming to terms with its unlikely to be that painfree ever.

Am I more mobile? This is more difficult to answer, Yes I am doing more, but mainly because my mind isn’t as broken as before. And the realization that this may be as good as it gets forever, spurs me to make the most of it regardless.

Before my mind was truly broken, I didn’t trust my ability and stamina, I definitely didn’t trust the legs.

This past 9 months has been going to basics, working the muscles from absolutely nothing into legs I do trust to hold me up, they are stronger, I am fitter. (Sadly not lighter though)

It’s been 2 weeks since the steroid injection and it’s been ok, but it’s not been the magic pain free injection I hoped for. But I did have some improvement, so I can’t complain really.

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This week it’s been about getting into an exercise routine once more, though I needed Monday off completely to recover from our barmouth weekend.

Tuesday I did the basic post hip replacement physio exercises

Glute squeeze 20reps x 2

Quad activation 20reps x 2

Heel Slide 20reps x 2

Hip abduction (lying down) 20reps x 2

Short Arc Quad 20reps x 2

External hip Rotation 20reps x 2

Bridging 20reps x 2

Pull in stomach breathing 20reps x 2

Hip flexion (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip abduction (ankle weights) 20reps x2

Hip adduction (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip extension forwards (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip extension backwards (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Heel to buttock (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Mini squat (ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Hip pendulum (on step ankle weights) 20reps x 2

Looks like a lot, but broken down in an overall day of physio. It’s done slowly and methodically, with resting at times. All its for is muscle activation and strengthening.

Wednesday to rest the lower limbs it was a weights day. I’ve read that if you have Arthritis you should try and lift between 5% to 10% of your body weight, so you don’t lift too heavy and speed the disease up. I use 7kg for my arms now, but I started slowly and light at 2kg at first. I don’t do much as hands and elbows are in a joint flare up today.

Bicep curl 10reps x 2

Shoulder press 10reps x 2

Lateral raise 10reps x 2

Bicep row 10reps x 2

Tricep kickback 10reps x 2

Chest press 10reps x 2

Tricep overhead 10reps x 2

Kettle bell swing 10reps x 2

Again it looks more than it is in reality, and the sets are broken up between morning and afternoon. It’s to lubricate and activate, more than anything.

Thursday I can feel a change in the air, my joints ache, mainly my fingers and elbows. Although hip is niggly too. Opt for a day of mostly rest, painkillers and hot water bottles. I discovered I can’t even lunge my left foot behind me due to ankle issues ( I rolled it in may 2017 and it’s still not right now. Perhaps I should see someone) I did try some compound exercise for physio though, only 5 exercises but they killed me off.

Goblet Squat 10reps x 2

Three point row 10reps x 2

One dumbbell reverse lunge 10reps x 2 (actually can’t officially lunge, it’s more of a step back, and letting leading leg take weight, super easy for most folks but for me it’s painful and very difficult)

Single arm chest press 10reps x 2

Supine marching 10reps x 2 (this really pulled operated legs glutes into action, but also hurt my groin. Don’t think hip is ready for this? It’s meant to work your core, but I felt it all in the hip??)

Friday I honestly feel bodily broken so it’s probably a curl up on the sofa, hot water bottle and Netflix kind of day. Frustrating as brain says go, body says NO. But I’m pleased I managed 3 days of various physiotherapy exercises, so if I don’t do anything today that’s still self care and productive in my healing.

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38 weeks post #hiparthroscopy physio appointment

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Following #Chester you can imagine I’ve not done much in this week. Instead it’s been a week of trying to recover.

But I did have physio prior to it, and here’s what we are doing now.

  • Stationary bike level 3 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg 20reps
  • Hip Extension backwards 20reps Red Band
  • Hip Extension Forwards 20reps Red Band
  • Hip Abduction 20reps Red Band
  • Single Hip Bridges 20reps (hated every single one!)
  • Hip bridge with football between knees 20reps
  • Front Leg Raise to Abduction Raise 20reps Red Band
  • Side Leg Raise 20reps Red Band
  • Clam Raise 20reps Red Band
  • Hip Adduction with Football 20reps
  • Side steps Green Band 60steps

The weather has changed so pain has flared up, making me more tired, weaker and just increased pain tenfold.

But Wednesday we finished week 2 run 3. I feel I’m walking straighter, heart rate is better and I’m using the 1.5mins to walk unaided to strengthen my hip up. It’s took us 2 weeks to complete week 2, but I don’t mind, it has to compliment my physiotherapy and needs to be placed around my disability. So I am extremely happy I managed it.

Thursday came and I wanted to do weights, usual sets of 10reps x2 but I found them too difficult, needle like pains in my elbows, one finger knuckle feels sideways, and thumb is not holding a zip let alone a barbell. Disaster!!

Friday here once again, and I’m just alive with pain, it’s ridiculous. Main thing that’s changed is weather. It’s wet, windy and grey. So unfortunately it’s going to be an E4 and Netflix day for me 😥😥😥😥😥

35 weeks post #HipArthroscopy New Challenges #couch25k week 1

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As you may know in life, if you do the same thing over and over you soon plateau. And that’s where I am with my hip, I’m getting good and reliable with the post hip replacement exercises I’ve been doing since 28 weeks they have made a HUGE difference.

But I’m going to attempt to push my boundaries while I can. So I’ve started a #couchto5k NOT RUNNING I stress, more like 1minute walk unaided, walk aided 1.5mins and so on, to try and challenge the hip, strengthen the muscles and get this form of walking straight lasting longer and longer. Because I can walk unaided, but not well or for long. My form reverted back to #Trendelenburg gait and pain flares up hugely!!

To do this I can’t be far from home, and most definitely I can’t be alone, in case I can’t get home. And I honestly can’t do it for long, but every little helps (as Tesco says)

So far only I’ve done it Monday (run 1 week 1) and in the evening my hip was crunchy, slipping and unstable, and the following morning extra pain in the groin and outer hip, the opposite knee was weak and feeling sore, so I’ve obviously activated some long gone muscles.

Tuesday I chose to solely rest lower limbs as literally no choice in the matter. But instead I did weights for my upper limbs.

  • Bicep curl 10reps x4
  • Shoulder press 10reps x4
  • Lateral raise 10reps x4
  • Bicep row 10reps x4
  • Tricep kickback 10reps x4
  • Chest press 10reps x4
  • Tricep overhead 10reps x4
  • Front pick up 10reps x4

Now using 5kg weights. I get easily tired and have to have a break, also my hand needs bracing else holding the weights can be impossible.

Talking of hand, had to cancel my MiCats appointment on 30th May due to family adventures, so that’s rescheduled for 4th July, it’s only an assessment appointment anyways. I see the GP at least 31st May, so if any medication needed I’m sure she can prescribe.

Wednesday saw us doing run 2 week 1, tentative walking as hip is angry still. It’s so difficult to keep form, when joints feel so unstable, so slower than Monday, but persevering and even if I’m the slowest person alive, then I’m still happy as I’m progressing. Besides it’s great bonding time for me and hubby. Groin is feeling like it’s on fire after the session, so hot water bottle and medication to see if it settles down.

Thursday it’s a repeat of the upper arm weights, though my right elbow is feeling odd at times, I think the joint is loose?? But it’s doing me some good overall, getting out of breath, working the heart, it can only help surely. Outer hip pain is dull but ever constant. But groin pain is such a white HOT burning pain deep in the groin, near the pubis bone.

Friday is a killer day, I have #Physiotherapy at the hospital. Hip is all crunchy again, it does concern me a lot!! We are meant to do our run 3 week 1 today. But I’m exhausted, and sore, and wanting to amputate the leg, so I’m taking today as my rest day, and see how hip feels tomorrow. I’m disappointed with my body, it’s frustrating that it forces a rest on you when in your head you’re raring to go!! But the pain today is too great, too painful (maybe the damp weather isn’t helping pain levels too?)

*Hip steroid injection appointment came through and it’s for 27th June, so I feel better knowing they are ready and available, I can now arrange things around them, and hopefully settle all these pains down.*

28 weeks post #HipArthroscopy

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Well it’s another week and another drama, the hip slipped out of joint partially once again. Bringing me to 4 incidents now, and my trust in this hip is swiftly diminishing. After the latest incident, I decided to research hip stability exercises, to find out that all along my physio exercises are exactly that!!

So a bit dejected, I then researched hip subluxation, to find out why and what I can do to prevent, and understand the pain I get from it. And it made sense, once I realized I was tearing ligaments, that’s why I can’t put weight through it afterwards. Along the way I found some basic after hip replacement exercises, and as you are prone to dislocate the hip implant I know these exact exercises would do me the world of good.

Not only can I safely build up the muscles, tendons and ligaments, all while there is zero stress to the joint. So I feel productive and less immobile. With the added bonus that while I work out, I’m not bored and thinking of food. (Because I really need to curb that habit)

  • Glute Squeeze, hold for 5seconds 10reps
  • Quad Squeeze Down, hold for 5seconds 10reps
  • Heel Slide to Bum and Control down 10reps
  • Hip Abduction 10reps

  • Short Arc Quad, knee supported raise 10reps
  • External Hip Rotation hold for 5seconds 10reps
  • Hip Bridging 10reps
  • Stomach, Pelvic pull in hold for 5seconds 10reps

Using my crutches for stability.

  • Hip Flexion 10reps
  • Hip Abduction 10reps
  • Hip Extension 10reps
  • Heel to Bum 10reps
  • Mini Squat (like a high seat) 10reps
  • Hip Hitching 10reps

Now admittedly these look so basic and easy, but shockingly they were actually hard in places. I still struggle to put all my weight through the operated leg, I have to use at least 1 crutch to hold me steady. And range of motion is not fully there with either hip. But at least I have a good set of basics to build upon and do daily to garner strength and stamina.

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With all my surgeries and recoveries, it’s been a LONG long road, over 10years and somehow along the way, I’ve lost my fight with the bulge. Immobility and not eating right has took its toll.

I love moving, I love snowboarding, walking, sports in general, but I’m not exactly in a position to do most of these things while Arthritis eats away at me. And that had ate away at my mental health, and I have learnt to enjoy food in its place, along with not moving much (when pain strikes when you move, trust me it puts you off moving!!)

However I’m not longer a spring chicken, and I need to shift it, if I can. As I have to do physio every other day, perhaps adding a few free weights and extra exercises in won’t overload me too much, and slowly I can get back into a head space to correct my food too.

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