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chocolatedrop29

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hey everyone im a newbie to this forum!

i need all the "veterans" who had their hip resurfaced and got back to their happy, active lifestyle!

background of myself and physical history:

28 years old from sydney australia. in the military (navy). i had left hip arthroscopy labral debridement (tore my labrum doing kick boxing at the gym) in 2008 and ever since i was never the same. in 2010 i had left ankle reconstruction to tighten up the ligaments on the outside. i know its been a bad luck hey? last year october 2011, i saw a sports physician who took and  x-ray and MRI on both hips and got diagnosed with left hip OA between grade II-III. i've been getting persistent pain since the operation in 2008. due to my debilitating condition i had to change my very active lifestyle in the span of 4 years. i had to give up my love for basketball, martial arts, running, boxing or anything high impact stuff or pivoting too much. up to this date i cant even go on a spin bike coz i get flare up after 5 mins and when i do swim drills and pool rehab for my arthritic hip i would still get flare up. i even get pain doin normal plank and other core stability exercise. no walking for more than 45 mins according to sports physician. i have also noticed that i do have limp when im walking and i try not to have limp coz it is embarrassing in the public. all i can do the last 5 months to try and stay active are my rehab exercise (core stability, proprioception/balance work and pool work).

i came back and saw the sports physician and told him that the rehab exercises that my physio has given me, gives me pain and i just dont know what to do. he suggested to get a cortisone done and if that didnt work or last then my LAST RESORT WOULD BE TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT. i have been doing alot of research lately on alternative option apart from THR and it seems like the best option for younger adults that wish to remain active is to get HIP RESURFACING. im gona see my doctor early september and i will ask him to give me referral to see the best surgeon in australia in terms of HIP RESURFACING.

this condition is depressing and affects me in so many negative way. i just dont know if i should wait a few more years before deciding on getting a surgery.

COULD ANYONE ON HERE PLEASE HELP ME or give me info on who would be the best hip resurface surgeon in australia that they could refer me to? on other website some people in australia suggested DR SHIMMIN FROM MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA AND DR WEINRAUCH FROM BRISBANE. i want to know if my condition is a good candidate for hip resurfacing or not. i want to get at least 2-3 opinions before making a decision.

ANY THOUGHTS ON THE FOLLOWING SURGEONS AND WHO'S THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY

DR LAWRENCE KOHAN - 900 HIP RESURFACING

DR SHIMMIN - 1000 HIP RESURFACING

DR CRAIG WALLER?


ARE THESE NUMBER UP TO DATE AS OF 2012??

PLEASE HELP. i just want my life back and not put up with the next 5-10 years being miserable with restricted movements.

thanks heaps!
jc

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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 04:36:21 PM »
JC,
    Welcome! I was also 28 at the time of my BHR and 29 now. I also was a Squaddie and a high level martial artist. Grade 3 OA is i believe the middle of the spectrum so it might be appropriate to wait a little while yet?(i had grade 4 OA and my joint was pretty much sezied).

If you are a candidate for a HR then i would say it is a far superiour option for a young patient. If you want to know weather you are a good candidate for HR then there are several surgeons who will give you a free online consultation from your xrays.

I dont know too much about aussie surgeons being a pommy but if you want a chat pleae drop me a PM.
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 05:51:31 PM »
Hi JC, welcome. I found an o,d post of Pat's with a link to Aussie Surgeons http://www.surfacehippy.info/listofdoctors.php#Australia

There might be more, it would be a good place to start. Good luck, rest assured you've come to the right place for advice help and support. Sal
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 06:31:27 PM »
Hey JC,

Wow, you sound like Danny's twin brother!!! (Dannywayoflife) Hes probaby the best to talk to as it seems you have alot in common except hes got the experience and has made it to the other side.

Eitherway, you have definaely come to the right place.... so welcome! Theres alot of experienced hippies on this site who will all give you great advice and excellent support. I think if you are a suitable candidate, resurfacing is definately a better choice than a THR. Especially for the young and active. As Danny says, if you can get a copy of your xray, you can email it to some of the best surgeons in the world. Thats what I did. I sent mine to Dr Smet and Dr Bose and they both replied and their opinions within a couple of days.

Good luck

Anna

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 07:31:18 PM »
I was gonna say the same thing, Twin Danny in Australia.  Wow. 

Don't let any surgeon tell you THR is the only option, until experienced HR surgeons tell you its your only option.  That probably won't happen.  You'll probably get several excellent HR surgeons saying the same thing, that you are a good candidate for HR.  I think it has a lot do to with what a surgeon is comfortable with.  Lots are comfortable with THR, not so many with HR. 

Kiwi is from New Zealand and he had Hugh Blakely (trained with Treacy).  You might do some research on Dr Blakely or Mr. Blakely.  Maybe Kiwi will comment here. 

HR is an excellent option and I would most certainly stick around here and get as much info as you need to help make an informed decision.  Good luck.  Don't be depressed, being able to walk pain free, and get your life back, is so unbelievable nice. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012, 08:05:38 PM »
Good on ya for doing your research. I will add a few thoughts of my own now that I am an active athlete (61) out 4 years from my resurfacing.
If you give it a patient 6 months to a year to fully heal, you should end up able to be much more active and pain free than you are now; since 6 months out, I have been skiing, playing tennis, and windsurfing or surfing every day for many hours a day. It will never be exactly the same as the original joint when it was undamaged, and I still feel it a little bit now and then, but it is a heck of a lot better than the worn out and damaged joint before I had the surgery.
At your age and former intensity, if you try to go back to that full level, you may affect the life of the resurfacing. You will have ongoing choices to make, but the choices should be way better than your current options.
When anyone is comparing the success rates of THRs to HRs, be sure that they are doing it for your age group and activity level. The results may be comparable for 65 year olds, but in your age group, the survival rates are not even close; the HR rates will be vastly superior.
I too had arthroscopy before the resurfacing, with mediocre results. The resurfacing surgery is much more traumatic physically, mentally, and emotionally, but the results were vastly better; it just comes with a lifetime of choices that may affect how long it lasts.
Keep up the great work on your research to get your active life back.
John/ Left uncemented Biomet/ Dr Gross/ 6-16-08
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2012, 01:53:21 AM »
JC,

First, ditto what everyone is saying.  It is pointless to ask a surgeon who is not proficient in resurfacing about it, since they will likely steer you towards something they CAN do.  Given the limitations of THR, I cannot buy into an argument that a THR would be superior at all, unless you have AVN, or some other mitigating circumstance.

Also, many, many folks travel internationally to get HR.  Dr. Bose in India is one of the best in the world, and people from everywhere travel to him.  So, you have more options if you need them.

Good luck!

Andy
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2012, 12:18:35 PM »
a big big thank you for everyone that replied (dan, sal, anna, tin soldier, john and andy)

i will email everyone here PRIVATELY but if i could get everyone's point of view for now and be honest and straight forward to me.

i have set goals in life and i just dont know if having these condition would help me achieve the goals i have set. my goals are plain and simple, be healthy and stay active.. just being able to do normal daily activities without a limp, be happy with my job, be able to travel the world while I'm young, support my relatives overseas and look after my parents when they get old. that is it. nothing more nothing less. i feel like if i have to wait another year or so that my window seems to be closing down. i have stable job in the military but the fact that i cant do my usual job coz im broken and im just doing desk job until i change over to less physical demanding job. we all want to move forward in whatever career we have chosen or what we do in life. i feel like the last 2-3 of my life has been taken away from me due to my restriction and waiting another year or so would make it 4-5 yrs. can you imagine missing out on life 4-5 years where you could have done alot within those years if it wasnt for debilitating condition? if i get a chance to choose on the surgeon if im a candidate to get HR then i would rather go overseas and get the surgery done even if i have to pay for it. thats how desperate i am to get my life back on track. but dan knows how military works, we only get the best surgeon in our own country (unless its different in UK).

the PT i have in the military is pretty much against THR or she just said "we dont want to go there yet". she wants to know if doing lots of pilates and core stability work would improve my condition. when i told her about HR and been doing research lately on it, i got shut down straight away. am i crazy or what? i mean I'm trying to help myself to find a solution. i appreciate it that my PT is helping me get moving again and all that. i have no degree in health science or no doctor but how would you really cure OA or any forms of ARTHRITIS? i got told there is no cure unless you get surgery or if you dont want surgery then you need to have lifestyle modification which i did. and now my activities are closely winding down. it even affects me with normal daily activities. it also affects me socially. when my friends ask me to go out or do hiking, or catch up with long walks. my mind is pretty much on auto pilot " no i cant coz i got to clean the house". thats my excuse to them. i dont want to tell them i have this condition coz its freaking embarrassing. way too young to have this condition thats for sure. but i do understand that young people get it too not just the old one.

i dont know who to listen sports physician vs PT vs normal GP. orthopaedic surgeons are the highest ones right?

any thoughts ladies and gents?

i appreciate small things in life coz i do know they do matter the most.

everyone give me lessons in life as i know some of you have been thru my age and has gone thru surgery and living your normal happy life now.

hope to hear from everyones experience!

jc

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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2012, 12:51:09 PM »
Hi JC,

Firstly being military you must be fit ( my husband was British Army Infantry ) I would expect your core stability to be good already. Secondly you can't go backwards with arthritis.  I was pretty unfit, I had arthroscopy, I did work hard on core exercises and did see a small improvement and staved off resurfacing until I'd had a family but by the time my second child was 10months old I was only able to crawl upstairs and could walk no more than 40m. I then had an HR (I was 31) now 9 years later I've had a mini THR on the other side.

Your PT, surgeons etc wouldn't be doing their jobs if they didn't push you to try all other avenues before this op, it's major surgery and irreversible and the last resort. But and it's a big but, it's your life, your body and you only get one life. If you are in the place where you are prepared to take the risks associated with the surgery and live with the consequences if it goes wrong (there are very few really poor outcomes but some people have been unlucky) then no one should ever tell you not to do it.

All the guys on here will tell you firstly send your X-rays for free expert opinions to the Surgeons who offer that through this site. Secondly, if it is the way you are going, pick the very best surgeon with the most experience even if you have to travel. It's your life. Sorry if that is baldly put, but am always here to chat. (I'm sitting at home 2weeks post op so on here a lot).  I'm no expert, just a mum with cronky wonky hips and happy that I'm getting my life back.  Sal
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012, 02:40:45 PM »
Hey, JC, welcome to the site. You've gotten some great advice already, you're in the right place to do some research on this.

Like you've seen with Danny and several other hippys here, this is something that can strike young people, we've seen a kid as young as 12 this year who needed to have surgery. While it is embarrassing to admit to people that you have a disease that is associated with old age, the fact is that it does strike some of us young, and it is something you have to deal with.

We all understand where you are as far as pain, the limitations it carries and the emotions that you go through. None of this is fair or deserved, it just is. Unfortunately, once you are diagnosed, there is no turning back; you need to take action to deal with it, since the cartilage will not grow back, and as it is eroded, your pain intensifies and your quality of life goes downhill.

Many of us have tried different things to alleviate the pain or surgical procedures to circumvent it. I did years of PT to deal with it, massage therapy, even looked for nerve issues that may have been causing it, but was actually well served by a pro-THR surgeon who first told me that I had no cartilage (bone on bone) on the left hip and only a thin veneer of cartilage on the right. He disdained HR, but I wanted my life to be more active, and to return to what I loved, so I sought out an HR specialist in the Boston area who did both of my hips.

The best thing to do is to explore the options that are available to you, make your choices - we all would support any action you take, since it is your life and your hips. Keeping that in mind, though - if you are already at the point where your life is being winnowed down, and the arthritis process is irreversible, in choosing between THR and HR, I already made that choice and think it's the best choice I ever made. My life is huge orders of magnitude better now than before. My emotional state is better, since I don't have that grinding pain anymore, I can do more, have gotten back to the sports I love, can go out dancing, walking, even run a little bit (not a fan).

The restrictions that a THR would demand are just not there with a healthy HR I believe, so for me, it's been like my life has opened again. It is worth it to me even if I face a revision down the road - hopefully I won't. As folks mentioned, the revision rates for THRs on younger patients are higher than for HRs. The revision for a THR is much trickier, but for an HR, the revision would be to a THR in due time, which is what you're being told to do now. If in due time you have to go to a THR, then you would do it (hopefully) at a much older age, when you may accept the limitations more gracefully. We haven't (  ;D ), but...

I would get in touch with the doctors on this site and email them your XRays. they are some of the best HR surgeons in the world, and can let you know whether you are a good candidate. It's a good place to start, one of them is in India, so if you go abroad, that may be a good destination.

It's a scary situation, but the alternative (HR) is very successful (upper 90's success rate) and can work well if you choose your surgeon well sorry for the emphasis but that is the most important thing. Travel is really a good option here, since the aftercare can be done by local medical personnel. Choose the best, good things will likely follow.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2012, 04:49:52 PM »
JC,

I had had OA for several years prior to surgery.  I also still had a decent amount of cartilage left on my bad hip, but none in one spot.  I had periods of little or no pain, and I actually ran four relatively pain-free miles the Monday before surgery.  On the other hand, I would go weeks with constant pain (day, night, walking, sitting, standing), and I had given up tennis, and other higher impact exercise.

Like Hernan said, it is a one-way ticket, and OA only gets worse.  If I wanted to give up most exercise and be sedentary, I could possibly have put off surgery for several years.  But I would be miserable, and therefore so would my wife and kids.  I got it done precisely so that I could return to the things I love to do.  If that means I'll need a revision at 65 instead of 68 (assuming it lasts 20 years), then who cares.  You have nothing to be embarrassed about.....you can't help having OA.

I'm seven months out now, and went mountain biking yesterday for 2 hours with NO PAIN.  Didn't even think about the hip.  And.....I'm pretty sure that 80% of my friends/neighbors couldn't have done the same, even with their two biological hips.  Now, who should be embarrassed?  Me, for having OA, or them, for having a guy with a metal hip kick their butts?

Only you can decide the "when", but for me.....getting back to my active lifestyle was what I needed.  And, like others have said, the experience of the surgeon who does it is the single most important thing that influences a positive outcome.

Good luck.


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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2012, 07:32:26 PM »
Reminds me of a song, "One way ticket to hell and back, its a one way ticket", The Darkness 

Agreed.  I did PT for a few months, not years like Hern, and nothing changed accept that maybe I chewed away a little more of my acetabulum and femoral neck, at the ends of ROM, just to be replaced with even more bone and worsening OA. 

I'd talk to a few HR surgeons and rely on their perspective, first and foremost.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2012, 07:58:11 PM »
That's 'cause I'm kind of dense,Tin and although a very good doctor, a lovely lady and graduated from an accredited medical institution, my general practitioner completely missed the boat on diagnosing me and my creaky hips.

So I went back three times to PT stints of five to six months each over the years, among other things that I tried to use to deal with my "muscular issues".
« Last Edit: August 21, 2012, 07:59:27 PM by hernanu »
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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2012, 08:13:49 PM »
Ouch, and then throw in some fascia thrashing and few intra-joint cortizone shots that last for a few days, and I'd say it is a one way ticket with a healthy dose of suffering. 
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 10:21:28 PM »
Hello JC,
I'm military too, about 4 years ago hip pain started affecting my fitness so I went to a military doc who referred me to our physios'. I had x-rays to confirm diagnosis (osteoarthritis in both hips) and early on it was manageable and the PT helped by strengthening and supporting the joints. I even kept sufficiently fit that I kept passing the fitness tests (with the aid of Diclofenac - lots of it!) and even deployed to warm sandy climes. As I started getting worse, the military docs and physios kept advising me to: bear it as long as you can because you will eventually need a THR; quite depressing to visualize giving up sport and having to retire early.

I had to stop the Diclofenac for a while, and realised how much pain I was actually in without drugs to mask it. The drugs are not great to take long term and NSAIDS are not great for bone health either apparantly - I decided I didn't want to just wait for a THR and also I wanted the best chance of running again and therefore staying in the services.

I got my local service doc to refer me to the regional military assessment board who frustratingly were set on referring me to a THR consultant, I kept plugging away and they decided they couldn't decide so referred me to Headley Court the main assessment board. After assessment by them, they referred me to Mr Treacy. He confirmed I was suitable for HR, 2 months later I had the op; The whole saga took about 18 months.

Obviously all of this process may be different in Oz; but your experience so far isn't that different than mine. A lot of Doctors know a lot about THR and are comfortable with it. Hip problems due to Osteoarthritis are relatively uncommon among fit military personnel, so military medical people could be forgiven for not knowing too much about HR. I had to work hard to convince them that there was another option to explore and then getting them to refer me to the right consultant. I did my research and identified to who I wanted to be referred, asked and eventually they said ok.

The consultant's opinion was key, what also helped was that every time I sat before a board I had a list of things to say so I didn't forget anything. Things like how the arthritis is affecting daily life, what you have difficulty doing, how it's affected your chosen sports and quality of life, what you want to happen - it sounds a bit unnecessary, but it helped me cut through the frustration, kept me focused, and things I wanted to discuss were not forgotten. The idea was that it also showed I had taken a bit of control of my condition and it gives the docs a good idea of what impact - not being able to do sport - would have on your life. It all helps them decide whether you would benefit physically and mentally from a HR.

Sometimes it felt a bit like a job interview, one way of looking at it is that you are trying to convince medical professionals, who have your best interests at heart, that you will benefit from something they may not be too familiar with.

If you haven't done already, have a good read through this site, there's loads of info and you'll see that stories of frustration like this aren't limited to the military. 
 
Basically mate, don't give up; do your research and keep working on getting yourself referred.

Steve



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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2012, 11:40:23 PM »
As you can see, we who have had it done are very pro hip-resurfacing.  At your age there is no way that you should go for a total hip replacement.  I'm 62 and I didn't want to do it.  There are too many restrictions after; no running, jumping, surfing, basketball, volleyball, heck some people are told not to even cross their legs.  And they only last around 15 years.  There is no way that you want to live like that.  It's up to you to find an experienced HR doctor to take care of you.  Sit down and talk to him or her and see if you feel comfortable with them.  I met with my surgeon and he explained everything about HR.  When he was finished, I felt like I could have done the surgery on myself.  Two months later he performed bailaterals on me and nine days after that I walked out of the hospital using only one cane.  It has all been up since then.  Do your homework, visit the doctors, find the right one and you should be able to go back to all the things you love to do.  Good luck to you, it worked for me and it will for you.
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2012, 12:52:38 AM »
Wood I think the 15 year life expectancy for thr's was based on the old metal on poly bearing couple. There's loads of metal on metal thr's still in situ after 40 years. Thr's have come a long way. That said I'd choose HR ove thr every time.   
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2012, 12:59:23 AM »
thanks everyone!

any tips on how to stay upbeat and positive while having arthritic hip? i found this more of a mental battle than physical even tho its limiting me to my normal day to day activities.

i know its not the end of the world but it is really hard to stay positive and motivated to even do the rehab exercises and pool work. i feel like the only reason i do these are because of my hip. the exercises are pretty boring but i know its for the benefi of the hip.

any tips on eating healthy wise? i try to eat as healthy as i can but i noticed that i lost my appetite and i found myself eating irregularly. and i also get irregular sleeps.

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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2012, 06:18:09 AM »
The mental stuff is hard, it's the hardest bit of the whole shebang.

Pre surgery when I was in a lot of pain I just used to hang onto the fact that I was lucky, it wasn't cancer, it was fixable. I just needed to find a surgeon who would fix me. I had dysplasia so weight and thus the arthritis only used a fraction of my hip, but where it was used was awful, the bits that I wasn't using looked great. Most surgeons thought I didnt have "enough" arthritis to warrant surgery.  but, there was a surgin who would listen o me and now, look, I'm fixed, I have a new lease of life. Not everybody gets these second chances. I'm lucky, renewed.... Watch out world, here I come!

Arthritis at a young age is no picnic, but there are a myriad of things that can go wrong with a human body, these are our cards we've been dealt, everyone gets they're own hand, play the cards as best you can. Make the most if your good times and sink back into bed every night knowing that you could not have done it better. Handle the pain remembering to take your pills for the sake of those around you (me in pain = mrs grumpy pants ).

Healthy eating, I struggle with.... I know how to do it, but calories just taste nice!

Someone with better will power will chime in, I'm sure.

Keep your chin up, we are all here to talk to. I found having folk to talk to who understood and inspiring stories to read of what hippies are now achieving pulled me through.

Sal
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Re: leFT HIP OA BETWEEN GRADE II-III 28 YEARS OLD. THR OR HIP RESURFACING?
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2012, 08:02:27 PM »
I agree with Sal and I also thought the mental part was worse than the physical part.  I like the thought about the fact that it's curable and keep in mind, the OA pain pretty much goes away from surgery. 

Eating healthy - don't let alcohol creep in on you.  I was too relaxed about it and I was putting away quite a few beers at night and I wasn't really keeping it moderate.  It's just not good for BP, weight, or mental state.  Coffee in the morning to counteract was the next bad thing.  I think I was getting overly anxious from it and then got into a bit of a depression.  Both of those are not good for your head if you're already in a bit of depressed state.  Otherwise, I'd just say get your exercise, eat a balanced diet, get your rest, and be socially active,... all the usual things they say.     
LBHR 2/22/11, RBHR 8/23/11 - Pritchett.

 

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