09 April 2008

Tell Your Story

6 comments:

mary said...

I just had right hip replacement and was wondering where to go to start reading your hip blog from the beginning. It's been almost 3 months for me, doctor told me that at this point most of his patients are walking unassisted, meaning without a cane. So after the appointment I went home and put the cane away and it's been 1 week without it. I still have some discomfort where the new parts are at. Just how long does it take for the discomfort (Not pain) to go away and when did you start walking again. I was walking 6 miles a day before this all happened and I would like to get back to it again. As of today there is no way I could walk for any long distance, not with this discomfort where the new joint is. Doctor took xrays and all looked great. So I'm assuming it's still healing. Would love to read what you went through, but would like to start at the beginning. Could you post a link. Thanks ever so much for putting your hip blog out in cyberspace for people like me to read. People with new body parts...ha.ha

Francine Hardaway said...

You can read from the beginning by going into the archives and reading from the bottom up!

Barbara Payne said...

Hey, thanks for this great blog, Francine. Your comment about still not being able to rotate inward and other limitations makes me even more determined to try to avoid this operation if at all possible. And thanks for sharing the resource EmpowHer. I already wrote a little post about alternative approaches to hip replacements. http://empowher.com/community/blog/barbaraswwan/hip-replacement-alternative-start-now

Jill Healy-Quintard said...

I live in Sydney, Australia and teach Pilates and Yoga. I had a THR on 28th February (2008) and am now back teaching everything again. After 6 weeks I was walking without a stick or limp and the pain had left me completely. I am now a little worried as I am able to do almost all positions and wonder if I am ruining my new hip. Has anyone got any comments or results on the positive/negative benefits of Yoga/Pilates exercises for the new hip. I teach everyday now and wonder if I am just pushing it too hard.
Jill

Buppy the Puppy said...

Jill, my doctor gave me some precautions, most of which I don't observe. But I don't inwardly rotate the leg with the THR. I think it's an issue of both dislocation and possibility of wearing out the hip, but I'm not a doctor. I do yoga and Pilates myself with impunity. Life is short.

Anonymous said...

I had hip arthroscopy but should've gotten a second opinion because that same hip needed replacement (via another doctor)14 months later. Two important lessons after extensive research to uncover why I was in chronic pain: if you are on a statin drug always take COQ10 to avoid muscle pain. 2nd a glucosamine issue: After walking for more than a 10 minute stretch, I would start feeling various pains that come and go (could be where the implant fits to bone, the side of my thigh, the top of my thighs, where the ball & socket seemed to be - my pain would vary and come and go, but I could hardly walk sometimes). I was getting so demoralized but went on a trip to NYC and didn't need any pain reliever and walked extraordinary lengths. Once back at work, it was back to pain after a ten minute walk. I wracked my brain, and realized I hadn't brought glucosamine to NYC. I am now 100% pain free. I am not allergic to eating shellfish, but most glucosamine has shellfish even if it's not listed on the bottle - and after research it said "can cause joint pain in people with arthritis or existing joint problems."